Development Projects



For a City with a relatively small geographic footprint, San Francisco has a large number of valuable but underutilized federal, state and City-owned parcels. From decommissioned Navy bases to closed bus yards to vacant historical buildings to the waterfront, these sites offer us the unique opportunity to create wide-reaching public benefits such as parks and open space, jobs, and affordable housing on a small and large scale. And by structuring these projects as public-private partnerships, the City can create critical public benefits without diverting scarce resources from even more basic civic needs such as public health, police and fire services.

OEWD’s Joint Development Division is tasked with realizing the promise of these important development projects. During the complex process of transferring and redeveloping these sites and parcels along the waterfront, the Division serves as the City’s lead negotiator on these projects, as well as the principal conduit between federal, state and City departments, the private sector and the many community interests involved. For more information on specific San Francisco development projects, see the navigation at left.

  "Because of the efforts of OEWD's Joint Development Division, Treasure Island has become a national model of how a large development project can help the City support people of all socio-economic backgrounds.

In partnership with the Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative, the City has committed some of the most valuable real estate in the country to creating housing, jobs and services to formerly homeless Individuals."
Sherry Williams
Executive Director
Treasure Island Homeless
Development Initiative