The Presidio Trust has initiated consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) regarding the proposed removal of two buildings within the Baker Beach Housing neighborhood.
Building 1566 is a six-unit residential building and Building 1564 is a ten-unit carport. Both structures, along with the other 91 structures comprising the Baker Beach Housing neighborhood (Buildings 1501-1599), were constructed in 1953 as part of the Wherry Housing program. The Trust has determined that both buildings, along with the rest of the neighborhood, are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
The buildings are proposed for removal in order to restore native plant habitat in the southwest corner of the Presidio, and to assist in the Trust’s efforts to re-establish the San Francisco lessingia, an endangered plant that lives in area. The proposed demolition is consistent with the Presidio Trust Management Plan (PTMP, 2002), which calls for the phased removal of the Baker Beach Housing complex beginning in 2010 in order to “restore native plant habitat and expand and enhance open space.” This provision has been supported by and is consistent with a subsequent U.S. Fish & Wildlife Recovery Plan for the San Francisco lessingia, and the Trust’s Vegetation Management Plan.
Comments from the public on this proposal will be accepted for a 45-day period, ending on March 16, 2012
. Comments may be submitted by mail to the below address, or by email to BakerbeachProject@presidiotrust.gov.
Baker Beach Housing/Habitat Restoration Project
34 Graham Street
PO Box 29052
San Francisco, CA 94129
Public Information Sessions
The Presidio Trust held two public information sessions on Thursday, March 8 in order to answer questions and collect additional comments. If you have questions about these sessions, please email BakerbeachProject@presidiotrust.gov.