Port of San Francisco Releases “Request for Interest” Seeking Concepts for Public-Oriented Uses for Waterfront Facilities

The San Francisco Port Commission and Port of San Francisco issued a “Request for Interest” (RFI) for public-oriented concepts for historic facilities in the Embarcadero Historic Districts, as well as feedback from small businesses and master tenants for new public uses for 13 historic piers and the Agriculture Building that are in need of rehabilitation along the Embarcadero.

“A key goal of the Port Commission is to create an accessible waterfront for everyone to enjoy,” said Port Commission President Kimberly Brandon. “The RFI will allow us to hear concepts from prospective and current Port tenants to help us create a world-class experience that draws people to the waterfront again and again.”

The RFI is the first step in the development of the rehabilitation and preservation process of waterfront historic facilities within the Embarcadero Historic District. The RFI process closes on October 31, 2018. Responses will be made publicly available and discussed at one or more public meetings; based upon RFI responses and after public review, one or more Request for Proposal for uses in the facilities may follow, and would be anticipated in early 2019.

“We welcome over 24 million people to our waterfront each year and we are determined to ensure all of our historic facilities are accessible to the public,” said Port Executive Director Elaine Forbes. “Through the Waterfront Land Use Plan Update process, we’ve heard loud and clear from the public that they want access to our piers, and that they love the waterfront’s many public-facing businesses. The RFI is our chance to call for new concepts from smaller businesses and master tenants. We welcome feedback that will help us find the financially feasible investment to rebuild piers, in coordination with the Embarcadero Seawall Program, and to ensure our waterfront is safe and accessible for our future generations.”

The Port’s Embarcadero Seawall Program is underway to rebuild over three miles of waterfront to prepare for seismic activity and predicted sea level rise. This RFI and any subsequent RFP will be in coordination with the Embarcadero Seawall Program and other Port projects.

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