Presidio of San Francisco (May 15, 2006) -- The Presidio
Trust’s (Trust) Management Plan has been selected by the Urban Land
Institute (ULI) as a winner of the Award for Excellence: The Americas
Competition. Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton accepted the
award at a ceremony in Salt Lake City on Friday.
“The Awards for Excellence program celebrates the
creativity, vision, and best practices in land use,” said ULI chairman
Marilyn J. Taylor. “All of these projects represent the best examples of
creative land use and planning.” ULI is a nonprofit education and
research institute that supports responsible leadership in the use of
land in order to enhance the total environment.
The Presidio Trust Management Plan was recognized
as a model for balancing economic and preservation goals, and private
and public interests, while attaining the Trust’s legislative mandate to
make the park financially self-sufficient by 2013. It serves as a
blueprint to carry out the Trust’s mission to preserve the Presidio as
an enduring resource for the American people.
“The Management Plan is a unique plan for a unique,
urban park,” explained Craig Middleton, Trust executive director. “We
have an unusual challenge in making this scenic and historic park
financially self-supporting. I am happy to say that we are meeting that
Since taking over management of the Presidio in
1998, the Trust has rehabilitated and leased 95% of the Presidio’s 1,100
residential units and 60% of the 1.8 million square feet of
non-residential buildings. A new community is coming to life in the
midst of one of San Francisco’s most cherished open spaces, preserving
the essential character of the Presidio as a place where people have
lived and worked.
“The Presidio is an amazing place, and the Trust
has proven itself up to the task of ensuring that it will be a dynamic
and enduring resource for the public,” said Isaac Manning, ULI jury
chair. “The Presidio Trust has done a remarkable job of taking a
non-performing asset and turning it into a sustainable resource for the
citizens of San Francisco and the entire United States. The Trust has
assembled a world class Board and Staff that is doing stewardship at a
In 1994, the Presidio of San Francisco, once the
nation’s oldest military post, became a national park site. The Presidio
has nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic
structures that contribute to its National Historic Landmark District.
It has the infrastructure of a small town, expansive open space, a
300-acre historic forest, spectacular views, and rare and endangered
plants and wildlife. In 1996, recognizing the costs and challenges of
managing such a complex place, Congress created the Presidio Trust to
preserve the Presidio as an enduring resource for the American people.
The Trust is accomplishing this by transforming the Presidio into a park
of distinction, by building a community to support the park, forging
public/private partnerships to finance the park, and by becoming a model
of park management. By 2013, the Presidio Trust will be financially
self-sufficient. No other national park site is managed the same way.
The Presidio Trust Management Plan, completed in May 2002, sets out the
framework for balancing the Presidio’s financial and preservation goals.