Sixth Street SFPD substation to open next month

Sixth Street SFPD substation to open next month

A long-planned police substation on blighted Sixth Street in South of Market will open some time next month, Mayor Ed Lee said Tuesday.

The site, located at 72 Sixth St. between Jessie and Mission streets, has long been slated for the substation, but plans stalled in early 2012 when a new state law went into effect ordering the dissolution of local redevelopment agencies.

San Francisco’s agency was overseeing the project, prompting officials to alter their plans and instead pay $775,000 out of the general fund for renovations to the building.

The substation had tentatively been set to open Dec. 1, but is now scheduled to open some time in February, Lee said.

He said the revitalization of The City’s mid-Market Street area is one of his key policy goals, and that the substation will play an important role in that.

Police Chief Greg Suhr said the substation will serve as a space for officers to fill out reports and do administrative work without having to go back to a district station. He added that the substation’s location — almost exactly midway between the department’s Southern station at 850 Bryant St. and Tenderloin station at 301 Eddy St. — will allow officers from both stations to use it.

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