United States Naval Station at Treasure Island, August 21, 1950
Courtesy of the San Francisco Public Library
The San Francisco Planning Commission approved plans to turn Treasure Island into a mini-city moved forward Thursday night. The plans call for 8,000 units of housing, retail and office space, acres and acres of parks, an organic farm and a wind farm.
The commission voted 4 to 3 to approve the environmental impact report for the $6 billion project. The four voting in favor were appointed by former Mayor Gavin Newsom, who pushed for the project and whose close allies are part of the development team.
Traffic remains a big concern. The planned developments will raise the population from about 2,000 to 19,000. Many worry that Treasure Island residents will snarl the already-gridlocked traffic on the Bay Bridge.
Developers are offering several possible solutions to the problem, including a $5 toll for drivers leaving the island. Also under consideration: requiring one parking spot for each housing unit.
Now, the project will go before the Board of Supervisors.