By Amy O’Hair More photos and history about the Balboa Reservoir here.
The Balboa Reservoir is due for big changes, if all goes to plan—perhaps the last of its many transformations since Adolph Sutro’s eucalyptus trees were cleared from this corner of his massive forest in 1894. From these recent images I hope to someday create then-and-now photo sliders, showing dramatic changes after housing and a park go up on this land. These are places that automated street-mapping cameras never went, but later will go, when there are new streets and houses.
On the Lower Reservoir, the planned housing project has yet to break ground, but I have included some images from the developers’ projections. See plans here (under ‘Meetings’ > PDFs labeled ‘Boards for Community Feedback’; the most recent one has been removed unfortunately). More about the planned housing project on the developers website.
Meanwhile, on the Upper Reservoir, City College is presently in the process of building the STEAM Center, for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math; a tall crane rises over the construction area, an unusual but increasingly more common sight in these neighborhoods. More about the new construction at City College here. Rendering and floorplans here.
In related news, the Board of Supervisors has approved naming the extension of Lee Avenue through the housing project after the mayor who set the ball rolling for the housing project in 2014: “Mayor Edwin M. Lee 李孟賢市長街”. The other planned new streets have been given generic plant names–read more at the Ingleside Light.
First some general views, then some attention to existing and projected pedestrian accessways.
Presently there is pedestrian access to the reservoir land at the far north end of Lee Avenue. Eventually this stub with be connected with the road that runs between the Upper and Lower Reservoir sites. Meanwhile it is well trafficked by people on foot.
Another pedestrian access point will be the far north end of Brighton.
One hard-fought battle of the community meetings was pedestrian access at the stub-end of San Ramon Way on the Westwood Park side of the site.
Another new pedestrian accessway is planned for the far southwest corner of the project, opening up the garden next to the Ingleside Library. See map below for all planned pedestrian pathways.
Some views of the CCSF construction now underway. Enough workers to make a taco truck worthwhile.
2 thoughts on “Another Year on the Balboa Reservoir: Photos on the Cusp of History”
As a former resident of Sunnyside (living in Atlanta now), I continue to be fascinated with the growth that’s taking place in my old neighborhood. I appreciate the detailed research, Amy! I’m curious if you know of any plans that Riordan may have for expansion. It seems like their footprint would need be to be expanded as well, along with that of City College, which is already underway.
Riordan will have a quite tall and close-by neighbor in the form of 5-story multi-unit housing buildings! As in nestled right up to the fence next to the athletic field. They got involved late in the community process, and I don’t know what their current take on it is. They had to get a special consideration for the exit from the parking lot onto the reservoir land, which is historical but wasn’t exactly officially a street access. The developers are building them access there. I think they will need a tall fence on along the south edge of the field. This is a big change.