Esprit Park Project
Where are we now?
- Fletcher Studio’s preliminary concept design for Esprit and the related Planning outreach that led to development of the plan have been accepted by RecPark as the project’s official initial outreach phase.
- Preliminary discussions have started regarding the terms of the contractual agreements between UCSF (as donor of a significant portion of the renovation funding) and the GBD (as the non-profit recipient of those funds), and between the GBD (the executor of at least a portion of the project) and RecPark (as the owner of the property and responsible City department).
- The GBD has reached out to known key stakeholders. Others who are interested in the project and/or in participating in project reviews can sign up HERE.
- A community meeting has been scheduled Thursday, September 14, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at 2660 3rd Street, the Abaca Clubhouse Room The purpose of the meeting is to orient folks to the following: • Recap of the Planning Dept-led Esprit Park Design Transition from the Planning Dept-led design process to RecPark- and GBD-led project delivery • Project team members and their roles • Timeline for project delivery • Community engagement plans • Answer questions and outline next steps
What happens next?
- Memorandum of Understanding between UCSF and the GBD The current plan is for UCSF to transfer the $5 million in Esprit-related funds to the GBD. The GBD will use these funds to plan and execute the renovation of Esprit, whether through City or private sector entities. The GBD will extract only the minimum amount of those funds needed to cover the costs of fulfilling their obligations regarding the project. Any extracted fees will be based on actual costs and will be designed to insure that this project is self-financing and does not unfairly redirect GBD stakeholder funds to the project. The terms of that MOU will contain reporting and outreach responsibilities as required by UCSF (and similar to requirements typical of grants and donations). This MOU will be a public document.
- Grant Acceptance Agreement between RecPark and the GBD The execution of the project is somewhat complex. It requires a number of types of surveys, reviews and reports, permits and approvals. RecPark and the GBD are discussing the most efficient and effective divisions of labor. These discussions will lead to a grant acceptance agreement between the GBD and RecPark that will determine project responsibilities and how the project will be managed and executed. Those responsibilities will be codified in the agreement and made public via presentations to the Rec and Park Commission and Board of Supervisors.
- Staffing assignments Once a division of labor and responsibilities has been determined – and a budget and schedule – RecPark and the GBD will take steps to assign/hire the appropriate staff. Any project management or consulting staff, whether hired/managed by the City or by the GBD, will be required to have extensive experience with this type of construction and with City requirements and process.
Where is funding coming from?
So far, the bulk of the identified funding is coming from UCSF’s cushioning bequest, which resulted from 8 months of hearings and negotiations between UCSF and the Community Task Force. The remainder of identified funding comes from development impact fees. The total project budget and other potential sources of funding are still being determined.
How long will the project take?
Current (preliminary) estimates target a completion date by the end of 2020. We are refining project timeline to maximize efficiency while also being cost effective and ensuring quality design and construction.. The actual active construction time will likely be 6-8 months. With its large lawns, the park may also need some regeneration time between completion and opening.
How can community members have input into the project?
- The GBD and RPD will maintain project web pages with current project information
- Sign up for project-related email notifications at GreenBenefit.org/esprit-signup
- Attend Esprit Park Advisory Committee meetings, convened by GBD, w/ participation from RPD and Supervisor Cohen’s office a. Regular monthly meetings b. Open to general public c. Updates on project delivery/progress d. Solicit feedback, input on progress
- Stay tuned for upcoming community meetings, prior to presentation of the plan for RecPark Commission approval and prior to finalizing construction documents.