Octavia Blvd Project

Octavia Boulevard Project

Project Overview

In 2000, the San Francisco elevated Central Freeway was removed north of Market Street, and the State transferred 22 parcels from under the freeway to the City. The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has led the effort, on behalf of the City, to smooth the transition from freeway to boulevard. The Octavia Boulevard Project coordinates land use and transportation investments in a way that secures long-term economic growth.

Octavia Boulevard Project

  • 7 100% affordable housing sites, 15 market-rate sites, which each include affordable housing
  • Open space added: Streetscape improvements, Patricia’s Green, a skatepark, a dog park, and an active pedestrian plaza
  • Example of successful transit-oriented in-fill development project
  • Mixed-use residential, primarily five-stories

Project Background

In 2000, the Central Freeway was removed north of Market Street, and the State transferred 22 parcels to the City. OEWD has been leading the effort on behalf of the City to smooth the transition from freeway to boulevard via the sale of parcels for mixed-use residential development, an importation component of the 1999 voter-approved Proposition I.

Market Octavia parcel map
Octavia Boulevard Project

Affordable Housing: +50%

In 2008, the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors enacted the Market & Octavia Area Plan. The Market & Octavia Area Plan is a culmination of an eight-year community planning effort led by the City and the effected neighborhoods. The plan allows for implementation of the long-range vision for these neighborhoods along Market Street and the new Octavia Boulevard, including Hayes Valley, the Castro, Duboce Triangle and parts of the Civic Center. Click here to learn more about and download the Market & Octavia Area Plan. The adoption of the Market & Octavia Area Plan allowed for the completion of the Octavia Boulevard project including most notably the 1000+ units of housing and affordable housing units being planned, developed, and constructed along the former Central Freeway. The projected total permanently affordable housing rate is over 50%; this is derived from a combination of projections of 100% affordable projects and percentages of affordable housing rate required of market rate projects.


Location

Octavia Boulevard Project encompasses the 22 parcels

The Octavia Boulevard Project encompasses the 22 parcels that the State transferred to the City in 2000; which roughly mirror the footprint of the now-removed section of the Central Freeway (Highway 101), north from Market Street to Turk Street.     Click here to see a map of the area.


Funding

Proceeds from the land sales are utilized to support area transportation projects, including construction of the Octavia Boulevard, and to make area public space and street improvements.


Project Features

The Community Benefits of the Octavia Boulevard Project include:


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