An informational hearing is scheduled for Thursday's Planning Commission meeting on the planned Pier 70 mixed-use development. (Courtesy Port of San Francisco)

Pier 70 update to make a splash at Planning Commission meeting

An update on the planned mixed-use development at Pier 70 will be presented at the Planning Commission meeting next Thursday.

The project, led by development giant Forest City, proposes to build nearly 2,000 new homes — including 600 for middle- and low-income residents — as well as light-manufacturing, retail space and nine acres of waterfront parks on the historic site.

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The Pier 70 development marked the first time San Francisco voters were asked to approve a height limit increase along the waterfront.

For more than a century, the site was dedicated to the shipbuilding and manufacturing trades. Considered the center of heavy industry in the Western U.S. for decades, the site began industrial operations in the 1800s, with ships built there as far back as the Gold Rush.

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Today, the site includes a mix of vacant land, deteriorating buildings and storage and staging areas that restrict public access to the waterfront.

Pier 70 is located on the east side of Illinois Street between 20th and 22nd streets.

SEE RELATED: Restoration ‘full steam ahead’ of Pier 70’s former shipyard

Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting begins at 12 p.m. at City Hall.Planning

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