Port Of San Francisco Signs Deal To Process Car Shipments

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — After losing most of its cargo shipping business to Oakland in recent decades, the Port of San Francisco has signed a 15-year deal to process car shipments at Pier 80.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth reports on the agreement celebrated today that city leaders say brings back maritime jobs to the waterfront.

Pier 80 is the city’s primary cargo terminal, but ship traffic had nearly disappeared since the recession hit.

Interim Port Director Elaine Forbes said the new lease deal with San Rafael-based Pasha Automotive Services will be a boon for the city.

“The Pasha Group will build an import and export business that will include preparation of these automobiles. Think of a mini auto plant. The vehicles will be trucked from Pier 80 to Northern California to dealerships,” Forbes said.

At an inaugural celebration Monday, Mayor Ed Lee said the agreement will help revitalize the city’s waterfront, and that at least 50 percent of the jobs will go to residents in the Bayview neighborhood.

“These are jobs for our present, our future. They’ve been working-class jobs that we always said we’re going to bring back to San Francisco. It’s not just tech jobs, hotel jobs, and hospital jobs,” Lee said.

Pasha has similar operations at several other U.S. ports, and plans to process up to 200,000 vehicles here per year…(more)

Don’t know how City Hall plans to move the new cars being unloaded at Pier 80 through the streets of San Francisco to one of the bridges to get them to San Rafael. I can’t think of a wide street that will accommodate large trucks capable of handling the trucks that SFMTA is not planning to “slow and calm” this year. It is not easy for large trucks to take tight turns or narrow streets.

Pier 70 plan financing ‘complicated’

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Transforming 28 acres of rusted maritime space at Pier 70 into a new neighborhood with tech companies and more than 1,000 condo units will require “complicated” financing and more than $160 million to build new roads, three parking garages and a possible new Muni turnaround…
Pier 70 in the Dogpatch neighborhood is Port of San Francisco property, part of which is planned to be converted into housing and retail. Nearly all of the estimated $1.85 billion required to redevelop Pier 70 is coming from private capital raised by site developer Forest City, which built the Westfield San Francisco Centre shopping mall on Market Street…
The Port of San Francisco will need to come up with about $222 million via bond sales, according to Port documents. The bonds will pay for infrastructure improvements, including utility lines, transit improvements and other improvements like parks.
Exactly how the publicly funded side of Pier 70 will be financed — and how the Port plans to raise an additional $98 million that would build three parking garages on the site — has yet to be determined.
“There are challenges with this site,” Brad Benson, the Port’s project manager at Pier 70, told the Board of Supervisors on June 5. “It has very high infrastructure costs.”
The site is not well-served by public transportation, and it might require an “extension” of the T-Third Street line with a turnaround near 20th Street, Benson said.
Rezoning and planning alone will cost about $20 million, Port officials said… (more)

What is the rush? Why not finish one big public project before starting a new one?