San Francisco purchased the site at 900 Innes Ave. in 2014 as part of the purchase of three other parcels for parks. (Erica Marquez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Plans advance to transform Bayview parcel into SF waterfront park

San Francisco plans to begin cleanup of a Bayview District parcel for a public park in mid-2019 if everything goes according to plan.

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee approved Wednesday a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up contamination at the 900 Innes Ave. site. The City purchased the site in 2014 as part of the purchase of three other parcels for parks, the San Francisco Examiner previously reported.

San Francisco spent more than $16 million to purchase space for three new parks, ranging from a 3-acre defunct reservoir in Russian Hill to a former ship building site in India Basin.

In addition to the $9.9 million reservoir purchase — with payments spread out over 12 years — are the $2.975 million acquisition of property at 900 Innes Ave. and the $4.5 million purchase as part of a housing development on the former Schlage Lock factory site.

An environmental review draft report for cleanup of the Innes Avenue site is expected to published in March 2017, and ultimately certified in the fall of 2018. Then the remediation work would begin.

“It was historically a boat building and ship repair facility and those activities led to contaminations of the soil,” Recreation and Park Department staffer Toni Moran told the committee.

“The park will help close a gap in the San Francisco Blue Greenway, a proposed multi-purpose path through parks, public open space and recreation areas along 13 miles of waterfront from· AT&T Park in China Basin south to The City limits past Candlestick Park,” the EPA said when announcing the grant award last year. “The trail will serve as a connector between the southeastern neighborhoods and downtown.”

The agency said the site is “contaminated with metals, organic contaminants, and volatile organic compounds.”

What’s not to love about parks? Supervisor Mark Farrell, chair of the budget committee, said, “This is going to be an amazing park in San Francisco.”

Total cost for the cleanup will be $1.1 million, which includes $764,000 from Rec and Park’s open space acquisition funds. The City purchased the 2.4-acre Innes Avenue site from then owner, the nonprofit Tenderloin Housing Clinic. The site includes the historic Shipwright’s Cottage where author Jack London’s Snark was built.

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