Potrero Terrace, 1095 Connecticut St. (Planning, Design or Conception) – San Francisco – 94107

Potrero Terrace, 1095 Connecticut St. (Planning, Design or Conception) – San Francisco – 94107

Potrero Terrace, 1095 Connecticut St. (Planning, Design or Conception) – San Francisco – 94107

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The Potrero Terrace Redevelopment project will redesign the existing 606 units of the public housing at the current Potrero Terrace and Potrero Annex sites into a community that has 1,600 units of public, workforce and market-rate housing. As you may recall, last San Francisco was awarded a $300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant to develop the Potrero Terrace plans.

Potrero Terrace on the south side of Potrero Hill was started around 1940. The thirty-three acre site, bounded roughly by Cesar Chavez and Pennsylvania Avenues, was designed with winding roads that broke the traditional city grid to hug the hillsides. Instead, the curvy and diagonal grids isolate their residents from the greater neighborhood. The new redevelopment plan aims to integrate the neighborhood with more physical and social connections, an create economic opportunities for residents.

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Right now the project is seeking approvals from the city. This includes an Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement (one is for state laws, the other is for federal laws), the creation of a Special Use District, and a Development Agreement with the City. Planning has completed their first round of review of the EIR/EIS, which hsould be published for public comment in late summer/early fall. The SUD will be an amendment to the Planning Code to establish density, parking, setbacks, and zoning (think open space, infrastrucutre, building heights, etc). BRIDGE Housing, who is developing the master plan with land planning and architecture firm Van Meter Williams Pollack, is also working on infrastructure plans fo things like utilities and streets.

The buildings of Potrero Terrace are long, rectilinear, and situated on a steeply terraced hillside. The large site is roughly divided into four sections. Three sections are created by two city streets that run down the hillside, and another section below separated by a street that runs along the side of the hill. Access to units is via sidewalks that run the length of the buildings to the street, and exterior stairs at the ends of some buildings. The laundry rooms have been abandoned; the only community spaces at Potrero Terrace are now located in the Administration Building which houses the office and community spaces.

The landscaping at Potrero Terrace is primarily grass, with some shrubbery. Parking on the site is in the form of head-on small parking lots along the streets. Sidewalks run along the length of the buildings from the street to the units.

​Year Constructed: 1942
Occupancy Type: Family
Number of Units: 469 (1Bedrooms 27, 2Bedroom 387, 3Bedroom 55)
​Senior Resource Listing
​Downtown High
693 Vermont St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

International Studies Academy
655 Deharo St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

Creative Arts Charter
1601 Turk St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

Daniel Webster Elementary
465 Missouri St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

Starr King Elementary
1215 Carolina St.
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Rents are based on the greater of 30% of monthly adjusted income,($25 minimum rent); Flat Rent(varies by property as determined by market survey).

Potrero Hill Playground and Tennis Courts
San Francisco General Hospital and trauma Center
Mckinley Square
Fire Station 37
Bus Lines 10, 19 and 48

Laundry Room
Residents Parking
Electric/Gas Stove
Heating System

Potrero Hill is a residential neighborhood in San Francisco, California. It is known for its views of the San Francisco Bay and city skyline, its close proximity to many destination spots, its sunny weather, and for having two freeways and a Caltrain station.
Initially a working-class neighborhood until gentrification in the 1990s, it is now an upper-middle-class family-oriented neighborhood.

Potrero Hill is located on the eastern side of the city, east of the Mission District and south of SOMA (South of Market) and the newly designated district Showplace Square.[2] It is bordered by 16th Street to the north, Potrero Avenue and U.S. Route 101 (below 20th Street) to the west and Cesar Chavez Street to the south. The city of San Francisco considers the area below 20th Street between Potrero Ave and Route 101 to be part of Potrero Hill as well, as outlined in the Eastern Neighborhood Plan.
The area east of Highway 280 is Dogpatch. Dogpatch was originally part of Potrero Nuevo and its history is closely tied to Potrero Hill. Some consider Dogpatch to be its own neighborhood while others disagree. Dogpatch has its own neighborhood association but shares merchant association, Democratic caucuses, and general neighborhood matters with Potrero Hill.
Potrero Hill is one of the sunniest neighborhoods in San Francisco, located on the eastern side of the peninsula and flanked by the San Francisco Bay. It is insulated from the fog and chill of the Pacific Ocean that is typical on the western side of the city. It is a residential neighborhood and not considered a tourist destination. Although it is not the most walkable neighborhood in San Francisco due to its hills, it is generally considered a very convenient location due to its proximity to offices, shopping, dining, entertainment, freeways and a Caltrain station. Despite being surrounded by busy neighborhoods, Potrero Hill is quiet and sleepy.

Potrero Hill started as a Caucasian working-class neighborhood in the 1850s. Its central location attracted many working professionals during the dot-com era in the 1990s. Today, it is mostly an upper-middle-class family-oriented neighborhood. In addition to Freeway 101 and 280, Caltrain also runs through this area, making it popular with commuters. Most homes in Potrero Hill have views of the downtown skyline, the San Francisco Bay or Twin Peaks.
Potrero Hill has a North and a South Slope, with the North Slope generally more coveted due to its proximity to downtown and its distance from the housing projects. There is no clear dividing line between North and South as the hill apexes in various places. The demographics of the two are mostly similar with the exception of two notorious public housing projects (Potrero Terrace and Potrero Annex) situated on the South Slope. The projects occupy over one third of the South Slope and stand in sharp contrast to the more affluent homes in the neighborhood. The poorly designed, curvy and diagonal grids of the housing projects isolate their residents from the greater neighborhood. A plan is in place to tear them down after 2015 and build mixed-income housing. The presence of the housing projects make the South Slope generally less desirable than the North Slope, and housing prices and rent tend to be higher the further they are from the projects.

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