Schlage Lock Master Plan

Schlage Lock project

Project Overview

Construction of the first phase of Schlage Lock began construction in June 2016. The construction marks the transformation of the former vacant industrial site into a livable, mixed-use urban community designed to encourage walking, biking, and the use of mass transit with and a network of well-designed open spaces and public amenities that blends into the urban fabric of the community.

Schlage Lock is a 20 acre site that includes major residential and open space development in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood. The site formerly housed the Schlage Lock factory until it closed in 1999. Since then, the property has stood vacant as the project sponsor, Universal Paragon Corporation (UPC), worked with the City and the community to plan a new use for it, a complicated process made even more challenging by the economic downturn in 2010 and the elimination of San Francisco Redevelopment Agency funding in 2011.

Fifteen percent (15%) of the residential units will be made affordable to low-income households, and the additional 85% will be market rate units which are expected to be priced within reach of middle-income San Franciscans. This plan is memorialized in a development agreement, negotiated between UPC and the City, which was represented by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development working in partnership with the Planning Department and the Visitacion Valley/Schlage Lock Advisory Body. The project was reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission, the Recreation and Parks Commission, the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) Board of Directors, the San Francisco County Transit Authority (SFCTA) Board of Commissioners, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and was ultimately unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors.

The project is estimated to take up to 10 years to fully build out and complete and set to officially break ground in 2016.

Schlage Lock Project

  • Housing: 1,679 units, 15% are affordable units for low income households
  • Retail Space: Up to 46,700 square feet with a new grocery store
  • Historic Building: Approximately 18,000 square feet, a portion for community use
  • Community Open/Green Space: Over two acres
  • Pedestrian and transit infrastructure improvements
  • All new roads and utilities (water, sewer, power)
  • Extensive environmental remediation

Project Timeline

  • 1999: Schlage Lock factory closes.
  • 2000- 2001: Unsuccessful Home Depot proposal. City initiates community outreach efforts focused on neighborhood priorities for the site.
  • 2005: Board of Supervisors approves the Schlage Lock Strategic Concept Plan and designates the Visitacion Valley/Schlage Lock Redevelopment Area.
  • 2006-2009: Community outreach culminating in the Redevelopment Plan and design controls. Environmental Impact Report (EIR) certified and Redevelopment Plan adopted.
  • 2009-2012: Universal Paragon Corporation (UPC) and the Redevelopment Agency undergo extensive negotiations to reach an Owner Participation Agreement, similar to a development agreement. The effort falls through because of the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agency.
  • 2012-2014: Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) becomes lead negotiator and the Planning Department restarts and leads the extensive community planning/vision process. The result is a development agreement being proposed for adoption by the Board of Supervisors.
  • 2014: The Board of Supervisors approved the project on July 22, 2014 and Mayor Ed Lee signed the legislation on July 24, 2014.

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Public Benefits and Features

The Schlage Lock development project includes housing, open space, required infrastructure and transportation improvements, and the following other community benefits:
  • Infrastructure and Transportation Improvements: New roads, utilities, sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian pathways, and off-site intersection improvements; includes full east-west pedestrian access through the site, from Bayshore Blvd. to the Bayshore Caltrain station.
  • Grocery Store: A full service grocery store of at least 15,000 square feet and a total retail floor area of at least 20,000 square feet, to be located along an extension of Leland Avenue.
  • Parks: Construction and maintenance of two new community open spaces which may be acquired by the Recreation and Parks Department. The developer will be responsible for ongoing maintenance costs regardless of whether a park becomes City property.
  • Affordable Housing: The affordability of the neighborhood allows the market rate units to be within reach of middle-income house
  • Historic Office Building: The building will undergo full historic rehabilitation. At least 25% of the improved interior space must be dedicated for community use.
  • Impact Fees: All new development at the project will be subject to transportation impact fees and the Visitacion Valley Community Facilities and Infrastructure fee. In total, the development is expected to contribute approximately $10 million in these impact fees, which will be spent locally on capital and transit improvements.
With the Board of Supervisors approval of the project on July 22, 2014 and Mayor Ed Lee signing the legislation on July 24, 2014, construction began.