The Upper Yard is a 1.7 acre site at the corner of Geneva and San Jose Avenues in San Francisco’sExcelsior neighborhood. The site is currently used for employee parking by the San FranciscoMunicipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and passenger loading by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).The site is rich in advantages: it sits directly above BART’s Balboa Park station, as well as within closeproximity to several SFMTA bus and rail lines; it is located within walking distance of City Collegeof San Francisco’s Ocean Campus; and it is well served by amenities like public parks and schools.Despite these advantages, the site is part of a cluster of under utilized parcels surrounding the BalboaPark station, and the area feels distant from amenities and services that are actually at its doorstep.
This context makes it an ideal location for an urban inll development that will help to activate the
area’s streets and stitch neighborhoods back together.Golden Bear Partners has teamed up with Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center to develop a proposalfor the site, named The Upper Yard to maintain the connection with the site’s history and character as a hub of transportation in southern San Francisco. The development will consist of 125 units,with 108 of those dedicated to families and singles making under 50% of the area median income(AMI) (plus a unit for the building manager). Sixteen of the units will be set aside for transitional age
youth, specically focusing on those who are emancipated from the foster care system. These youth
will be provided with several supportive services, through a partnership with Larkin Street Youth
Services. The proposal also calls for a neighborhood clinic on the ground oor, which will provide a
much needed amenity to the un- and under-insured in the area. This clinic will be run by the MissionNeighborhood Health Center (MHNC), which is seeking to establish a stronger presence in theExcelsior.
The Upper Yard provides needed housing in a location dened by its transit connections while meeting
the following goals:
: The Excelsior neighborhood is one of San Francisco’s last bastions for working-class and immigrant families. As the economy continues to drive up demand for housingand wealthier households migrate south, these residents will be particularly vulnerable to thedisplacement already seen elsewhere in the city. In order to maintain access to the city, adding tothe Excelsior’s stock of affordable housing units will be essential.
: Several community organizations have called for developmenton the Upper Yard, in order to activate what is currently a barren stretch of Geneva Avenue. By
including ground oor uses, The Upper Yard will help activate this critical gateway to the Excelsior,