As the former Schlage Lock Factory site looked in April above, as it looks today below.
Except for the original office building (which will be retrofitted and ultimately adapted to community use), the [Schlage] buildings are pretty much gone.
One of the things that has been interesting to me as a Valley resident is to see the way sight lines have opened up so dramatically with the disappearance of the buildings. This panorama and the ones I sent earlier this year are all taken from Tunnel Avenue looking west, and as the buildings have disappeared, the contours of San Bruno Mountain and McLaren Ridge have emerged to show the form of the valley.
The building with the red band on it more or less in the center of the panorama is a BofA at the corner of Leland and Bayshore. Leland Avenue is the commercial street of Visitacion Valley, and the eucalyptus trees to the left of the bank show where that street will extend into the site.
In the distance about a third in from the left – and above the old wooden SP maintenance sheds which still stand – one can also see a bit of the Sunnydale Public Housing site. THAT location is the subject of planning efforts by Mercy Housing to redevelop the site from the current arrangement of approx. 780 units comprised of 1930’s-40’s shipyard worker housing, adapted for current use, to approx. 1500 units of mixed housing including some market rate (no small endeavor there, but one which is capturing the attention of neighborhood activists and environmentalists).
As the last of the Schlage buildings came down it struck me that the opportunities to create developments that are relevant to each other as well as to the wider neighborhood are great, as they will be looking at each other from each end of the valley. With 1200-1600 units of housing plus retail and services slated for the Schlage site in a transit-oriented development (and also as a LEED Neighborhood Design pilot project), what has been and what is…is definitely not what will be.
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∙ The Wrecking Ball Is Rolling Out In Visitacion Valley [SocketSite]
∙ San Francisco Planning Commission Green Lights Schlage Demo [SocketSite]
∙ Unlocking The Potential Of Visitacion Valley: The Former Schlage Site [SocketSite]
∙ Visitacion Valley Redevelopment [renewvisvalley.com]