Just Released: Revised Plans for the Presidio Main Post – Museum, Theatre, Lodge

Well here it’s here – the revised plans, posted tonight – February 26th, 2009, for the Main Post area of San Franciso’s Presidio. Of course, things got a bit heated last year, but it looks like Progress is back on track. So now, you are more than welcome to check out the Summary Brochure or the whole magilla that is the Revised Draft Main Post Update to the Presidio Trust Management Plan. Bone up on these docs and then plan to attend a few meetings:

Public Meeting Wednesday, April 1 (no fooling), 8:30AM[!] to 10:00AM Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop

Presidio Trust Public Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday, April 7, 6:30PM to ???? Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Avenue

Public Meeting Thursday, April 16, 6:00PM to 7:30PM Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop

Of course, the Presido is a special place, home to Aloha Festivals, aggressive policing, active volunteers, misinformed Fox shock jocks wandering around at night, living history, first class bike lanes, and colorful, noisy, loving, wild parrots, so you might be interested. See you there at the (endless) meetings!

This is the plan, below (as opposed to the old plan pictured here). The answer to those, such as Andy J. Wang of Curbed SF, who question whether the “white box” will live: No. About which more anon. Note the expansion of the currently abandoned Presdio Theatre (aka Main Post Theatre, aka “massive multiplex” aka The Rat House) in the upper left and also the Lodge (aka “massive hotel”) near the middle. (Also note the new Walt Disney Family Museum (aka The Mouse House, aka Building 104) – on the upper right – see the lighter colored terrace of one of the barracks? Don’t worry about it though – it’s a done deal, opening soon.)


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Some more detail. The revised proposal for the Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio (CAMP) is set for a lower height than last year’s proposal and, in fact, a lower height than the building it will replace – the doomed Presidio Bowling Center. Note the green roof of the art museum – that’s new as well.

Speaking of doomed, this 700-car parking lot is similarly not long for this world. What’s that – you like to drive in from Marin, park here and then go about your business every day? Sure you do, but you’ll just have to make do. See the white outlines in the lower picture? That shows the maximum size of the Lodge on the left and CAMP in the middle. Unless the new architects are more Gluckman than Gluckman (he’s a minimalist, you know), the revised CAMP proposal will be a bit more complex than the lower, smaller, quasi-underground rectangular box shown. We won’t know the details until the San Francisco Chronicle’s John King is good and ready to let us in the secret, per Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal (NB to FCJ commenter HB: The billion dollars plus worth of art in question is currently not “properly mounted” and can not “easily be accessed by the public.”)

Are you still reading? Wow. All right, here’s your Supplement to the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (February 2009). Click away:

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
  • Appendix A – Transportation
  • More deets after the jump.

    Really, you should check out the source docs themselves, if you are at all interested. But of the hundreds and hundreds of pages to look through, here’s a sneak peek at some of the more interesting ones:

    Whatever doesn’t kill a project makes it stronger, of course. To conclude, the following neighborhood groups have all been consulted by the Presdio Trust on the plans for the Main Post:


    Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods

    Cow Hollow Association

    Cow Hollow Neighbors in Action

    Trust for Friends of Mountain Lake Park

    Golden Gate Valley Neighborhood Association

    Lake Street Residents Association

    Laurel Heights Improvement Association

    Marina Community Association

    Marina-Cow Hollow Neighbors and Merchants

    Neighborhood Associations for Presidio Planning

    Neighborhood Parks Council

    Pacific Heights Residents Association

    Planning Association for the Richmond

    Presidio Heights Association of Neighbors

    Presidio Neighborhood Work Group

    Presidio Terrace Association

    Richmond District Neighborhood Center

    Richmond Presidio Neighbors

    Sea Cliff Properties Association

    West Presidio Neighborhood Association

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    One Response to “Just Released: Revised Plans for the Presidio Main Post – Museum, Theatre, Lodge”

    1. DaveO says:

      People are not talking about the most exciting part of these plans – they’re going to open up the plaza of the original El Presidio and adding a Heritage center.