“Over the past 12 years, the nonprofit [Presidio Trust] has renovated hundreds of historic buildings within the 1,491-acre park, many of which had been ready to crumble. The Presidio Trust now leases out these properties as homes and office space. The trust also has approved a handful of projects at the Main Post, including the creation of the Disney Family Museum and the International Center to End Violence. Each project will be located in one of the military barracks after their multimillion-dollar rehabilitation.
Last summer, Gap founder Donald Fisher and his wife, Doris, announced a proposal for a 100,000-square-foot modern-art museum at the head of the Main Parade Ground. That project – proposed as a sleek, modern, glass building – was enough to set off some people. But the proposed museum wouldn’t be the only change coming to Main Post.”
Proposed Contemporary Art Museum Presidio (CAMP):
“There are also plans for a nearly 89,000-square-foot lodge and a proposal to expand an existing movie theater. Less controversial plans include establishing a history center and transforming the Main Parade Ground to a grassy field with a “walk through time” that maps out the fort’s history.
The analysis to be released today [Editor's Note: now available, see UPDATE below] will look at the likely impact of: the proposed Contemporary Art Museum Presidio; the 119-room hotel, which also will include meeting space, a restaurant and a bar; expansion of the old Army movie theater, where the San Francisco Film Society wants to two new theaters, a bar and lobby; and the creation of a heritage center. The new Walt Disney Family Museum, which is expected to open next year, will not be included in the analysis because it was approved several years ago.”
Proposed Presidio Theater:
Proposed Presidio History Center:
“Some of the plan’s harshest critics – including the decades-old Presidio Historical Association – are incensed at what they see as an about-face by the trust. The agency worked with the public for years to develop a master plan for the park, as well as strict guidelines for any changes at the Main Post. The new proposals are a severe departure from these documents, which recommend little new construction at the Main Post and suggest that a museum be placed elsewhere.”
UPDATE: The Presidio’s Main Post Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is now available online. The “Proposed Action” calls for the development of all of the above.
∙ Presidio redevelopment plan heads into a fight [SFGate]
∙ Presidio Trust [presidio.gov]
∙ Summary of Key Presidio Main Post Projects [presidio.gov]
∙ Main Post Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement [presidio.gov]
∙ Plans For The Presidio’s Post: Four Alternatives And Visualizations [SocketSite]