San Francisco’s largest section of undeveloped land may become home to thousands of people.
The Board of Supervisors, the county legislative body, has given developers Lennar Corp permission to transform the heavily polluted Hunters Point US Navy shipyard into a 283ha settlement.
An environmental clean-up has been taking place in the impoverished south-east shoreline area of San Francisco Bay for the past 20 years. Now officials want homes, parks, businesses and even an American football stadium to be built there.
Lennar is trying to secure money to get the work under way, which could start as early as this year.
Backers of the plan insist the development will breathe new life into the Bayview and Hunters Point areas. , said: “This is a part of San Francisco desperately in need of revitalisation. This area is the last remaining plot of land to help develop the future of what San Francisco is going to be,” said the Board of Supervisors president David Chiu.
The board also insisted that plans to build a centre to research environmentally friendly technology symbolises the shipyard area’s transformation from a toxic wasteground to a model of eco-friendly urbanisation.
Once the regeneration work is complete, the board said around 10,500 homes will have been built, as well as around 122ha of open space and 82,218 sq m of shop space. Land has been earmarked for a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers, if the club decide to remain in the city and not move to Santa Clara. The shipyard area lies between the airport and the main city areas, near the club’s current Candlestick Park stadium.