The Southeast Community Facility (SECF), located at 1800 Oakdale Ave., and the adjacent Greenhouses at 1150 Phelps St., were constructed to mitigate the adverse environmental and social impacts of constructing the Southeast Treatment Plant expansion projects during the 1970’s and 1980’s. The SECF and Greenhouses are assets owned by the City, and operated and maintained by the SFPUC for the benefit of the Bayview Hunters Point community. Below is a generalized historical timeline. For the full legal history, read it here or watch the video presentation.
1960's and 1970's
- 1968. Public opposition to the expansion of the Southeast Treatment Plant occurred.
- 1972. Upgrading the City’s antiquated sewage system became a top priority following the passage of the Clean Water Act.
- 1972. Local San Francisco Bond Measure, No. 551-75, passed to expand the Southeast Treatment Plant.
- 1972. Neighborhood opposition led to a mitigation proposal that included recreational facilities above portions of the plant.
- 1974. State of California approved playing fields as the mitigation for expansion of the Southeast Treatment Plant.
- 1975. San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to upgrade the Southeast Treatment Plant with 8 acres of recreational space.
- 1976. After projecting increased costs to operate and maintain the recreational fields, the state rejected funding. After considerable deliberations, the state suggested that the City select a more financially feasible mitigation measure.
- 1979. After continued community process, a new mitigation proposal was created, consisting of a commercial greenhouse and a skills-training center located immediately south of the expanding Southeast Treatment Plant.
- 1980. After extensive planning with neighborhood leaders, the City asked the State and Federal funders to consider a commercial greenhouse as well as an educational based workforce development community center.
- 1981. As a mitigation measure for expanding the City’s sewer treatment system, the City secured state and federal grant funding for the Southeast Community Facility and Greenhouses.
- 1984. The City's Department of Public Works (DPW), responsible at the time for the City’s sewer system, initiated the process for design and construction for the Southeast Community Facility and Greenhouses.
- 1986. Under the legal jurisdiction of the City’s Department of Public Works (DPW), the Southeast Community Facility and Greenhouses were dedicated for the benefit of the Bayview Hunter’s Point community on November 18, 1986.
- 1987. To ensure programming at the Southeast Community Facility and Greenhouses matched the spirit of the original mitigation, the Southeast Community Facility Commission was formed with seven Mayoral appointed leaders.
- 1987. The San Francisco Department of Real Estate initiated the process of obtaining tenants for the Southeast Community Facility and 2.9 acres of commercial greenhouse space.
- 2009. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) adopted a comprehensive set of environmental justice guidelines for use in connection with its operations and projects within the City and County of San Francisco.
- 2011. In seeking to be a good neighbor to all those impacted by its activities resulting from the development and operation of its water, power and sewer services, the SFPUC officially adopted a Community Benefits Policy.
- 2011. A joint meeting was held between the Southeast Community Facility Commissioners and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Commissioners to discuss the Southeast Community Facility (SECF) and adjacent Greenhouses’ capital and programmatic improvements, which were potentially made financially feasible through the SFPUC’s Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP). To maintain the original intent and integrity of the mitigation, the SECF Commission conducted public meetings to hear from community leaders and residents on best practices for improving the facilities. A decision was made to renovate the SECF in two phases and to improve programming at the Greenhouses.
- 2012. The SFPUC worked with the SECF Commission and local community leaders to enhance occupancy and programs offered by tenants at the SECF.
- 2013. Request for Interest (RFI) letters were issued by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to current and potential Greenhouse tenants for best practices on Greenhouse space usage that would connect local residents to jobs, skills-building and educational opportunities.
- Late 2014. The overall cost and efficacy of Phase I investments were evaluated. The evaluation concluded that proposed Phase II renovations would be impracticable due to many structural challenges. The SFPUC began to explore the possibility of building a new community center on property it owned on Third Street at Evans Avenue (1550 Evans).
- Early 2015. Proposals were received for a broad range of innovative future uses of the Greenhouses, including the option to provide healthy food access through different gardening techniques, such as aquaponics.
- May 2015. The SFPUC commissioned a physical assessment of the structure. The Due Diligence Report (May 2015) identified major health and safety code concerns, such as fire safety, seismic reliability, worker safety, and ADA accessibility. The SFPUC informed the tenants of the results of the condition assessment and initiated discussions on relocation assistance so the Greenhouses can be vacated in a timely fashion.
- 2016. A stakeholder engagement process conducted from January through September 2016 in collaboration with 15 community organizations reaching over 5,000 residents and producing more than 1,000 in-depth surveys revealed a preference (71%) for building a new SECF on Third and Evans. The survey also revealed a preference for creating a Grants Program (65%) as an interim strategy for serving the community while the SFPUC explore best practices and models for the permanent replacement of the Greenhouses. A summary of the stakeholder engagement and preferences was presented to the SFPUC on October 11, 2016. The SFPUC endorsed the results of the public outreach and engagement process. On November 8, 2016, the SFPUC acknowledged the endorsement through a resolution and requested that staff begin the planning and design process for a new proposed SECF at 1550 Evans along with the development of an interim Grants Program to support existing community-based organizations that provide programming at the intersection of urban agriculture, land-use and workforce development.
- Present. Continued stakeholder engagement on the development of a new SECF at Third and Evans and the interim Grants Program will be continued through the Southeast Community Facility Commission.
We are focused on a sustainable future for the Southeast Community. As we make critical investments in our infrastructure, we want to hear from you. For more information on how to get involved with the future plans, contact DJ Brookter