1991: The Navy exits
After decades of productivity, the Navy closes down the base and shipyard facilities as part of a post-Cold War realignment and disposal program. This is the advent of a new and transformative age for the district.
1993: A committee convenes
In 1993, community members convene the Hunters Point Shipyard Citizen’s Advisory Committee. Their mission is to increase community participation in the district’s redevelopment.
The committee becomes a voice for Bayview-Hunters Point, advising the Mayor, Board of Supervisors and the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Over the next two years, through dozens of public meetings and workshops, they formulate a set of planning guidelines resulting from a strong community consensus. The guidelines range from creating jobs for economic vitality to supporting an artist community to environmentally-responsible development.
The CAC still holds monthly public meetings at the Southeast Community Facility in Bayview.
1995: The City of San Francisco ratifies the Bayview-Hunters Point Area Plan
The plan, which guides the future development of the district, is based almost entirely on the Citizen Advisory Committee’s guidelines and the years of citizen input that influenced them. The decision becomes a landmark example of community ownership of urban development and revitalization. It covers everything from land use to urban design to open space to community services to public safety. While it represents the culmination of a years-long process of community soul-searching, it’s by no means the end of anything. Rather, it’s the beginning.
1997: Redevelopment plans solidify
The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency publishes the Hunters Point Shipyard Redevelopment Plan. Building on the 1995 Area Plan, the SFRA plan includes provisions for preserving and restoring historical sites in the community.
It also creates the Bayview-Hunters Point Project Area Committee, a state-funded community advisory body that will oversee the district’s redevelopment and make recommendations to the City based on the community’s interests.
1999: Lennar becomes lead developer
In March 1999, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency selects Lennar, now FivePoint, as the lead developer of the Hunters Point Shipyard.