News Article: The Bay is rising...

In the San Francisco Business Times article “The Bay is rising. Where does that leave a wave of big waterfront projects?”, Blanca Torres discusses many of the city’s new waterfront developments and how they are helping the city reconnect with the waterfront but also addressing rising sea levels.

BUILD’s India Basin project is featured as one of the projects that is taking sea level rise into account in its design. “No one wants to build something that will be obsolete in 10 years,” BUILD’s Lou Vasquez is quoted as saying. “We’re all building with a 100-year horizon.... (Sea-level rise) is more of a problem for existing buildings than for new construction. We can pull back from the shoreline and build to a higher level.”


India Basin Development Agreement Approved

The Development Agreement for BUILD’s India Basin project was unanimously approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on October 16, 2018. Community members, including both Mayor London Breed and Local District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen voiced their support for the project during the public hearing.

The board also voted 10-1 to reject the two appeals of the environmental impact report, challenging its adequacy under the California Environmental Quality Act. 

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“Supes reject environmental appeals, approve India Basin housing development” by Joshua Sabatini, The San Francisco Examiner, October 16, 2018

“SF’s India Basin to be transformed into new neighborhood as supes give OK” by Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, October 16, 2018

SFBizTimes Structures Panel: 9/20

The San Francisco Business Times’ annual Structures event for 2019 is on the topic: “Towering Change: Inside San Francisco’s Building Boom.” Lou Vasquez will be speaking on the panel about BUILD’s India Basin project. The panel includes other large-scale developers in the city, including representatives from Tishman Speyer, Forest City, Lendlease, and the Port of San Francisco.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed will be giving the Keynote address.

More information and tickets available here:

News Article: SF’s India Basin residents welcome waterfront development proposal

In this San Francisco Chronicle article, J.K. Dineen explores BUILD's project at India Basin by visiting the site, talking to neighbors, and learning about the plan. BUILD is very proud of the project which, as Dineen mentions, grew out of the community vision developed by the India Basin Neighborhood Association (IBNA). 


The article quotes a couple IBNA neighbors with whom BUILD has worked over the last several years:

Jill Fox: “What Build Inc. is proposing is an awful lot of housing. But what we are hoping is that along with that will come some things that the existing neighborhood needs.”

“Very few developers are willing to work with the neighborhood like these guys did,” Hamman said. “They actually listened to our concerns and incorporated many of them into the project. On balance, most people feel we got a good bargain.”

It also mentions strong support from local supervisor Malia Cohen and some concerns from neighbors regarding the associated density and heights that the plan includes. 

India Basin had its first Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, July 26th, where the commission unanimously approved the Environmental Impact Report and Special Use District for the project. 


News Article: Natural Promise at city's southeastern corner

In this San Francisco Chronicle article, author Leah Garchik shares her personal tour of the India Basin shoreline with San Francisco Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg. Ginsburg shared his enthusiasm for this collection of green spaces that include 57 acres of recreational space and 1.7 miles of contiguous shoreline trail. 

BUILD has been honored to participate in the creation of this asset for this city and is excited to see it come to life over the next several years.

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News Article: "Will developers pounce on rare, 31-acre San Francisco waterfront site?"

The San Francisco Business Journal reported on the beginning of a community engagement process as the City and PG&E Corporation work toward the redevelopment of the 31-acre site of the former PG&E power plant near Hunters Point and India Basin. As reported in the article, this site is one of the last large parcels in this rapidly developing area. It is just north of BUILD's India Basin project.

BUILD's Lou Vasquez is quoted in the article commenting on the large amounts of new office space and housing that could be created in the area. 

Full article here:

(Image by Chris Carlson article on  FoundSF )

(Image by Chris Carlson article on FoundSF)

An Inconvenient Barn

As documented in this San Francisco Magazine article by Danelle Morton--"An Inconvenient Barn"--BUILD has worked closely with neighbors of our India Basin project to find win-win solutions. This article details how BUILD has spent two years working with India Basin resident Michael Hamman to incorporate his property and historic barn into the new design for the neighborhood. We are proud to have structured an arrangement that maintains the historic structure, reconnects it with the Bay shoreline, provides a more cohesive design for the development project. 


"Rising Tides: Designing Resilient Amenities for Coastal Cities"

On September 1, 2016, Urban Land published this article about how developers on all coasts of the United States are balancing the demand for waterfront development with the threat of rising water levels. 

BUILD's India Basin project is featured for our integrated planning efforts with neighboring city-controlled Shoreline Park and 900 Innes parks and for our design, which calls for over 6 acres of terraced wetlands and open space that will provide a storm buffer, a community amenity, and native habitat improvements.


"San Francisco's Southern waterfront readies for its transformation"

June 24, 2016
San Francisco Business Times

BUILD is working in tandem with other developers such as Strada Investment Group, The Golden State Warriors, The San Francisco Giants, Forest City, and Lennar Urban to transform San Francisco’s Southern waterfront. BUILD looks to serve the 36,000 people living nearby and 23,000 people working by the bayfront with its India Basin Project. The project aims to convert a primarily vacant site into 1,240 housing units, 200,000 square feet of commercial space, and 6 acres of public parks. The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s strategy is to offer city-wide benefits with the development of the southern waterfront. BUILD's India Basin, along with the other southern waterfront development projects, will offer public benefits such as community facilities, open space, sustainability, job creation, and subsidized affordable housing.  

Read article here.