Recology Meeting on 900 7th Street Development

Recology will be holding an important "pre-application" meeting regarding its plans to develop a nearly six acre parcel it owns at 900 7th Street (between Berry and Hooper Streets) in Showplace Square. Recology representatives will be on hand to discuss their project and answer questions from the public. Here are meeting details:

Date: Thursday, June 27th, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Recology Inc., 900 7th Street

Why should you attend?

Project Impact: Recology envisions a massive 1.2 million square foot project that incorporates a mix of commercial and residential uses and includes two 240-foot high towers (see rendering and links below). A project of this size and scale (one without a commensurate increase in neighborhood infrastructure) threatens Potrero Hill with significant adverse impacts—including substantially impacting the Hill's cherished views.

Project Zoning: Importantly, Recology’s site is currently zoned for light industrial uses (also known as Production, Distribution and Repair, or "PDR") with heights capped at 58 feet. The current zoning was agreed to in 2008 after years of community input as part of the contentious Eastern Neighborhoods rezoning process. Preserving working-class PDR businesses and capping heights at 58 feet in this area represented a lengthy, hard-won victory back in 2008. Now Recology wants San Francisco to scrap current zoning to allow for its high-rise mixed-use project.

Project Precedent: Make no mistake. If approved, this project will set a dangerous precedent and open the floodgates for additional Mission Bay-style high-rises west of the I-280 freeway between Townsend and 16th Streets.

Please join your neighbors and attend this important pre-application meeting! This is our best collective opportunity to positively impact the future of this project.

Additional Information:
Recology 7th & Berry Plans (PDF)
San Francisco Chronicle article (PDF)

Updated Court Date

Due to a last-minute change in the court's calendar, oral arguments in our case ("Save The Hill and Grow Potrero Responsibly v. City and County of San Francisco") before the California Court of Appeal will now take place on Monday, April 22nd at 11:00 AM. You're welcome to attend the hearing which will occur at the California Court of Appeal at the same McAllister Street address mentioned in the preceding news entry below. Court protocol bars all cell phones and laptops from inside the courtroom, so if you bring these items you'll need to leave them with court security officers.

Our attorney, Rachel Mansfield-Howlett, continues to represent us before the Court of Appeal. The appeal asserts that the City of San Francisco "abused its discretion" and failed to follow the law when it certified the EIR and approved the "Corovan" project at 901 16th / 1200 17th Streets.

Hope to see you on the 22nd!

Save the Date

We'll be back in court in April. The date for oral arguments before the California Court of Appeal has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 9:30 AM. If available, you're welcome to attend the hearing which will take place at

California Court of Appeal,
First Appellate District – Division 4,
350 McAllister Street

Join Us At Our Fundraiser to Support Our Court Case

Please join Save The Hill and Grow Potrero Responsibly at this community fundraiser for our court case. Festivities will include live bands, delicious refreshments, and raffle tickets for exciting prizes. Attending this event is a great way to show your support for our shared cause - while partying alongside your neighbors. All money raised will go towards our legal fund.

Rock The Hill Benefit @ Thee Parkside
Bands, DJ, Raffle and more!!
January 29, 2017 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
1600 17th Street (at Wisconsin Street)
Price: $50 - $100

Live music by: Uke-Hunt
Spike Slawson (Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, Swingin' Utters) on ukulele and vocals, Jamin Barton (Kelley Stoltz, The Titan Ups, Ramshackle Romeos, Bone Cootes and the Living Wrecks) on saxophone, melodica, harmonica and various other hanky instruments, Atom Ellis (Psychefunkapus) bass and backing vocals. If you catch Uke-Hunt on tour then you will catch New Jersey's own, Rob Affa, on drums. Uke-Hunt play outsider pop tunes, country standards, '80s new wave hits, and tender love ballads all totally unplugged, yet fully electric. More mobile than an Airstream, Uke-Hunt can be wherever they're needed before you can say ukulele!

Suit filed in SF for Controversial Potrero Hill Development (August 29, 2016)

Two community groups, Save The Hill and Grow Potrero Responsibly, are challenging the environmental review conducted for one of the largest construction projects ever to be proposed in Potrero Hill. The project proposed by Potrero Partners, LLC of San Mateo and Prado Group Inc. of San Francisco is located at a "gateway" location for the neighborhood and includes the construction of 395, primarily market rate, residential units on approximately 3.5 acres at 901 16th and 1200 17th Streets.

The neighborhood groups contend:

The City improperly relied on an outdated 2008 environmental study for the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan that substantially underestimated the level of residential growth the City has experienced since the recession. "The Plan projected approximately 3,100 new residential units on Potrero Hill and Showplace Square by 2025, yet we already are on track to build 4,500 units. Meanwhile, the City has failed in its promise to provide us with community benefits we need to support this kind of growth" stated Alison Heath of Grow Potrero Responsibly. The legal action seeks to overturn approvals for the Potrero Hill Project and cease reliance on the outdated environmental study.

The project will result in unaddressed impacts to traffic and circulation, iconic public views of the SF skyline, shadowing of open space, transportation and transit, and cumulative impacts. The environmental review for the project admits the development will cause significant impacts to traffic and circulation and loss of Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) uses but brushed aside all efforts that proposed the adoption of feasible alternatives and mitigation measures that would reduce these impacts.

Rodney Minott, co-founder of Save The Hill, stated: "The City of San Francisco has broken its pledge to protect the Potrero Hill neighborhood from the impacts of overdevelopment and failed to deliver badly needed public infrastructure to accommodate existing needs, let alone supersized growth."

The massive development would permanently displace the existing 109,500 square feet of industrial PDR space that has traditionally provided good-paying blue-collar jobs. An economically feasible "adaptive reuse" alternative proposed by Save The Hill would repurpose the existing industrial buildings, creating a more balanced mix of commercial and residential uses while retaining much of the PDR space. Attorney, Rachel Mansfield-Howlett stated, "My clients are not against the development of Potrero Hill but the community should not have to shoulder the impacts of a for-profit development when there are feasible alternatives that reduce the project's impacts and satisfy most of the project's objectives."

Heath stated, "The Eastern Neighborhoods Plan has failed us; the plan was supposed to encourage new affordable housing for low to moderate income people while preserving PDR uses that support a diverse economy and provide good jobs for residents. It looks like we have yet another market rate residential development that permanently displaces PDR uses."

July 26th EIR Appeal at Board of Supervisors

Please save the date! Tuesday, July 26th: A vote to grant or deny an appeal of the Environmental Impact Report for the 901 16th / 1200 17th Street (Corovan) project has been scheduled for July 26th at the Board of Supervisors. Please save this date and plan to attend!

Time: 3:00 PM
Location: City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 250 (2nd Floor)

The purpose of the hearing will be to consider granting or denying appeal of the 901 16th Street (Corovan) project's EIR. Save The Hill and Grow Potrero Responsibly filed the appeal in June asserting that the EIR for the project was inadequate and seriously flawed. If six of the 11 Supervisors vote to grant the appeal, the developer’s plan will have to be modified and undergo additional environmental review.

There will be an opportunity for public testimony – up to three minutes per person. A large turnout at the July hearing will be critical. We need to demonstrate our community's deep concerns with the impacts of this project. Please don't hesitate to contact Save The Hill with any questions:

Final Environmental Impact Report and Response To Comments

Available here.

May 12th Planning Commission Hearing on Project Approval

Please save the date! Thursday, May 12th: A vote to approve or modify the 901 16th / 1200 17th Street (Corovan) project has been tentatively scheduled for May 12th at the Planning Commission. Please save this date and plan to attend!

Time: not before 12:00 noon
Location: City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400

The purpose of the hearing will be to consider approval of entitlements (both the final Environmental Impact Report and Large Project Authorization) for the 901 16th Street (Corovan) project. There will be an opportunity for public testimony. A large turnout at the May hearing will be critical. We need to demonstrate our community's deep concerns with the impacts of this project.

Please don't hesitate to contact Save The Hill with any questions:

October 1st Planning Commission Hearing on Draft Environmental Impact Report

Please save the date! Thursday, October 1st: An informational public hearing on the Draft EIR for the proposed Corovan development will be held at the Planning Commission. Please save this date and plan to attend!

Time: not before 12:00 noon
Location: City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400

The purpose of the hearing will be to take public testimony on the accuracy and completeness of the Draft EIR. The Planning Commission will be voting on whether to approve the EIR some time early next year. A large turnout at the October hearing will be critical. We need to demonstrate our community's deep concerns with the impacts of this project.

Please review the Draft Environmental Impact Report and submit your written comments before October 5th to Sarah Jones, Environmental Review Officer.

Mail: Sarah B. Jones, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103

Public Scoping Session Announced!

Thanks to your efforts, along with the invaluable help of Supervisor Malia Cohen, we've been granted a special environmental hearing (known as a "public scoping session") on development of the Corovan site.

The long anticipated "scoping session" for the proposed 395-unit project (at 17th, 16th, and Mississippi streets) has now been scheduled for 6:00 PM on Wednesday March 4th at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House (953 De Haro Street).

Securing a scoping session is a big win for our neighborhood! It will allow us to provide public comment on the environmental impacts of the proposed project. The Planning Department will then use this input to determine the scope and content of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the development.

Based on the developer's current plans for the site (395 units of housing + more than 24,000 square feet of retail) we believe there will be numerous environmental impacts detrimental to our neighborhood - unless we act! A few of these significant impacts include:

  • > Increased traffic and parking on streets already crippled by congestion.
  • > Loss of historic buildings and scenic public views of downtown.
  • > Excessive density that is out of scale with Potrero Hill. (Heights will reach 82 feet.)
  • > Exposure of contaminated soils that pose a potential threat to community health.

In addition, the proposed project lacks the following: sufficient retail on 17th Street, meaningful adaptive reuse, adequate public open space, and affordable family-housing.

Thank you!

Dogpatch Neighborhood Association Meeting Approaching

Please attend what may be the final public presentation of the Corovan site development proposal. The developers will present their proposal at the Dogpathc Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday, May 13th, between 7:00 and 9:00 PM, at 654 Minnesota Street.

Pre-Application and Neighborhood Presentation Meeting Dates Announced

The developers have announced the date for a Pre-Application Meeting that they will be holding regarding their project for the Corovan site. The meeting will be held on Saturday, April 26th between 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House (953 De Haro Street). This meeting is intended as a discussion with the neighborhood of the developers' plans for the site before submitting an application to the city. The full details of the announcement are available here.

The developers will also be presenting details of their development plans for the Corovan site to the neighborhood at the Potrero Boosters meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, Aptil 29th, also at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House (953 De Haro Street).

Potrero View Story on Historic Register Eligibility

The April 2014 issue of The Potrero View includes a new story on the Corovan site, this one focusing on new findings about its eligibility for historic landmark status. To see the article before you can pick up this issue of The Potrero View, you can look at this scanned copy:

"1200-1210 17th Street Eligible for California Register, Advocates Say" (The Potrero View, April 2014) - Part 1, Part 2

New Potrero View Stories

The March 2014 issue of The Potrero View features two news stories that are relevant to the development project being considered for the Judson - Pacific Murphy Corp. buildings (the Corovan site). One of these is the story of the February 15th meeting in which Save The Hill supporters met with the developers and architects, and the second is about the preservation efforts of San Francisco Heritage including some comments about the Judson - Pacific Murphy buildings. If you'd like to see the articles before you can pick up this issue of The Potrero View, here are scanned copies of these two stories:

"Developers Meet with Community to Discuss Plans for Cor-o-van Site" (The Potrero View, March 2014) - Part 1, Part 2
"San Francisco Heritage Works to Preserve the City" (The Potrero View, March 2014) - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Thank You

A big thank you to everyone who turned out for the meeting held on Saturday, February 15th! This meeting between developers, architects and Potrero Hill residents was lively and productive.

For a partial list of residents' questions and concerns, click here. To add to that list, e-mail

New Op Ed Piece

A new op ed piece on the development plans of Walden Development for the Corovan site has been published in The Potrero View. Check out the article in the Documents section of our website.

Two Critical Meetings Coming Up

Two important meetings about the future of the Corovan site at 16th/17th and Mississippi Streets will be occurring in the next few weeks. For maximum impact we urge you to attend both critical meetings, which are different in scope but complementary in potential outcome.

Saturday February 8, 2014 - Community Presentation
The Corovan developers will gather feedback from the broader community on their plans.
Date and Time: Saturday February 8th, 10am - Noon
Location: The Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street

Saturday February 15, 2014 - Presentation for Save The Hill Supporters
The Corovan developers will make a presentation and answer questions specifically from Save The Hill supporters.
Date and Time: Saturday February 15th, 2pm - 4pm
Location: Live Oak School, 1555 Mariposa Street, between Arkansas and Carolina

A couple of quick points:

Neighborhood Heritage & True Community Services

Save the Hill is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for the future design and use of this site.


In order to both honor the history of the century old Corovan buildings (the former Pacific Rolling Mill) and modernize them for new purposes we are advocating for an "adaptive reuse" (conversion and rehabilitation) of the entire complex. We believe the site presents an exciting opportunity to develop a visionary and environmentally-friendly project for our community.


We support rehabilitating the existing buildings to house a mix of local community services including, for example, a European style public "Mercado" for food and dining, as well as space for office, light industrial, local retail, and cultural/educational uses.

For more background on our vision please read Save The Hill's recent editorial, "A Visionary Project For Potrero Hill" in The Potrero View. Additional information on adaptive reuse (including images of existing examples) can also be found at Save The Hill's website.

Our collective efforts over the past year have already had a tremendous impact. We are now at the most critical stage in our ongoing campaign and the developers of the Corovan site have expressed interest in our input. Answer their call and help shape your community's future.

Kaiser Moving to Mission Bay

On 7/10/13, Kaiser Permanente publicly announced they are relocating their proposed medical office complex to Mission Bay! This marks a huge victory for Save The Hill, but not the end of our efforts in Potrero Hill. For more, read this press release, and stay tuned for what's next!

"Save The Hill @ Bottom of the Hill" Benefit Auction/Concert/Raffle on June 6th

See the full list of the silent auction items and the raffle prizes that will be available.

The Neighborhood Agrees

Take a look at our gallery "Wrong Rx" signs from around the neighborhood to see the extent our position has been shared by the Potrero Hill community.

Twelve Reasons Why Kaiser's Potrero Hill Plan is a Bad Idea

Take a look at our most recent distillation of the specific things about the proposed Kaiser project that are bad for Potrero Hill.

Kaiser To Conduct Neighborhood Meeting On May 8th

Kaiser is holding a "pre-application" meeting open to all neighborhood residents at the Daniel Webster School Auditorium on Wednesday, May 8th, at 6:00 PM. Please try to attend.

Daniel Webster School
465 Missouri Street (at 20th Street)

Benefit & Auction for Save The Hill

Save The Date and Save The Hill
Thursday, June 6th - 7:00 PM

At The Bottom Of The Hill (1233 17th Street)
Featuring Midtown Social and DJ Ted E Bear
$15 and up (sliding scale)

For more information on how to volunteer, donate, or participate please contact:

Kaiser, Stop Lobbying and Start Listening (March 5, 2013)

Response to Kaiser's San Francisco Chronicle op-ed.

Arts Exhibitions (February 11, 2013)

Upcoming exhibition about the Corovan buildings at the Potrero Library and Farley's Coffee. Attend the receptions for this show Saturday, February 23rd and Friday, March 1st.

Art Agnos Article (Februrary 8, 2013)

Former mayor Art Agnos adds his support to our campaign and urges Kaiser to "be bold and do the right thing". Click here for his editorial in today's San Francisco Chronicle.