Presidio of San
Francisco (November 21, 2013) – The Board of Directors of the Presidio
Trust reaffirmed this week its strong commitment to accomplishing an outcome in
the Mid-Crissy area that will protect the park and bring long-term benefit to
the Presidio and its visitors.
At its meeting on
Tuesday, the Board expressed enthusiasm and appreciation for the proposals it
has received to develop the scenic site, as well as thanks for the outpouring
of public interest.
“I want to thank the teams for participating in such a
robust and transparent public process,” said Nancy Bechtle, Chair of the Trust
Board. “In the interest of having the
best project possible for the Presidio, we want to provide one more opportunity
for teams to adjust their proposals before we make a selection.”
In November 2012, when it offered the opportunity to
redevelop this magnificent site on the edge of Crissy Field, the Trust set out
six goals for the project. Having
reviewed a large number of public comments, the Board is now focusing on three
significant areas of concern: achieving more
clarity about program; ensuring that physical improvements (buildings and
landscapes) are compatible with the Presidio; and satisfying the objective for
economic viability. The Trust has raised
these issues with teams, and hopes that proposals will be revised in the next
few weeks in ways that address these primary concerns.
“We agree with the public that this is one of the most
important and magnificent places in the world,” said Craig Middleton, Executive
Director of the Trust, “The quality of the proposals and the level of public
interest sustain our desire to see something wonderful happen here.”
Revised proposals will be due by January 3, 2014. At that time, the Trust will post any
revisions on its website. The Trust will
hold a public meeting of the Board of Directors in January to discuss the
revisions and hear from the public. The
Board will not make a decision about the future direction for the Mid-Crissy
site until after the public meeting. Any
final decision as to a project will occur at the conclusion of the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
process, which provides for additional public comment opportunities.
“The Board also understands that it holds the option of not
necessarily selecting any team at this point.
Such is the importance of the site that we take seriously our duty to do
right by it, even if that means waiting,” said Bechtle.
The Trust continues to welcome public comments via email,
mail, or in person in January.
About the Presidio Trust
The Presidio Trust, a federal agency, is an innovation in
the management of a treasured American place. The Trust was created to save the
Presidio and transform it for a new national purpose. The Trust's vision is
that the Presidio will be forever a public place: vital to the Bay Area,
important to all Americans, and recognized for achieving broad benefits for the
nation. Today, the Presidio welcomes visitors, is home to a vibrant community
of residents and tenants, and inspires greater good through programs that draw
on its history and natural resources. The Presidio Trust serves the public with
events, lodging, venues, and recreational opportunities. To learn more, visit www.presidio.gov