We understand the value in planning ahead, which is why we’ve assembled this list of the most exciting developments coming to San Francisco in the next few years. Whether public spaces, new venues, or special events, these unique and cutting-edge projects confirm our belief that while our city is never the same, it’s always San Francisco.
The Bay Lights return. The acclaimed light sculpture by world-renowned artist Leo Villareal, which turned the entire western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge into a canvas of shimmering light, will return permanently this January. Comprised of 25,000 LED lights, the installation will glitter from dusk until dawn. For more information visit www.thebaylights.org.
Super Bowl 50. On Feb. 7, 2016, the San Francisco Bay Area will welcome an anticipated one million football fans for Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium. Pre-game events kick off on Jan. 30 with Super Bowl City at Justin Herman Plaza, a free-to-the-public fan village showcasing the best the Bay Area has to offer, and the NFL Experience at the Moscone Center, an interactive theme park featuring games, clinics, exhibits and more. For more information visit www.sfbaysuperbowl.com.
The new SFMOMA. On May 14, 2016, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will open its new expanded, 235,000-square-foot home to visitors. The new building includes seven levels dedicated to diverse art experiences and programming space, indoor and outdoor gallery space, new outdoor terraces, as well as nearly 15,000 square feet of art-filled, free-access public space. For more information visit www.sfmoma.org.
Pier 70 construction starts for new mixed use neighborhood. The renaissance of San Francisco’s waterfront continues at historic Pier 70. The Port has multiple partners to improve this 69-acre site which includes the completion of the first phase of Crane Cove Park in 2016, ship repair, conversion of historic buildings into creative workspaces and the development of a new mixed-use neighborhood. Pier 70 is currently being used for large scale concerts and special events. For more information visit www.sfport.com.
Transbay Transit Center opens. Dubbed the “Grand Central Station of the West,” this roughly $4.5 billion regional hub will connect eight Bay Area and California counties via 11 transit systems including future high speed rail to Los Angeles. It is one of the largest transit projects under construction in the western U.S. and will serve up to 45 million passengers annually. The one-million-square-foot, five-story center will feature a 5.4-acre public park on the roof. For more information visit www.transbaycenter.org.
Teatro ZinZanni develops new permanent home on The Embarcadero. Acclaimed as one of San Francisco’s cultural jewels, Teatro ZinZanni brought a swirl of stunning acrobatics, rousing comedy, original music and culinary delights to the city for more than a decade. They have announced their return to the city’s waterfront and construction is scheduled to start in early 2016 on a new permanent home at Seawall Lot 324, located at The Embarcadero and Broadway. The project is scheduled to allow performances to begin in November 2017. The mixed use building, which will house a 180- to 200-room hotel, would showcase Teatro ZinZanni’s century-old Belgian spiegeltent in a glass-walled gazebo. For information visit www.zinzanni.com.
Sports and entertainment arena. The Golden State Warriors plan to build a new, state-of-the-art arena in Mission Bay. The arena is being built on a major metro line with easy links to BART and other transit options. The team plans to open the new arena in time for the 2018-19 NBA season. The 18,000-plus seat indoor arena will host not only NBA basketball but also major concerts, family shows, conventions and a variety of other attractions. Surrounded by 12 acres of restaurants, cafes, offices, public plazas and other amenities, it will also support the development of a five-acre public park on the waterfront. For more information, visit www.warriors.com/sf.
Salesforce Tower completed. Under construction at 415 Mission St., next to the new Transbay Transit Center, the Salesforce Tower will be the tallest in San Francisco when completed and the second tallest building west of the Mississippi River. With 61 floors and a transparent crown, the soaring obelisk rises 1,070 feet (326 m). Carved into the tower top is a vertical facet that will be illuminated at night. For more information, visit www.salesforcetower.com.
Central Subway to southeast neighborhoods completed. The new light rail line will provide a direct connection to SOMA, Moscone Center, Union Square and Chinatown; revenue service will start in 2019. The new 1.7-mile extension of Muni’s T Third line will provide direct connections to major retail, sporting and cultural venues. The extension will provide a rapid transit link to San Francisco’s burgeoning technology and digital-media hub and improve access to the city’s premier commercial district and visitor attractions. For more information visit www.sfmta.com/central.
New Presidio Parklands project creates 13 acres of parkland on edge of bay. An elevated highway that cut through the Presidio for seven decades has been replaced with an at-grade roadway which will be hidden by tunnels. This will create 13 acres of new parklands connecting San Francisco Bay with the historic center of the Presidio in 2018. For more information visit www.newpresidioparklands.org.
The Mexican Museum opens. Founded in 1975 in the heart of the Mission District, The Mexican Museum is currently located at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture at Building D (Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street). A cultural component of Millennium Partners’ 706 Mission St., the museum will move to the first four floors of the new tower and the historic Aronson Building in the Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood near Moscone Center. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and currently features a permanent collection of more than 16,500 objects reflecting Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican, Mexican-American, Latin American, Latino and Chicano art. For more information visit www.mexicanmuseum.org.
Mission Rock transforms parking lot near AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants plan to transform a 28-acre industrial site into a mixed-use neighborhood featuring waterfront parks, affordable housing and restoration of historic Pier 48. Pier 48 will be renovated to become the expanded home of Anchor Brewing. It will also open a public boardwalk with dramatic water and bridge views around the historic pier. For more information visit www.missionrock.org.
Treasure Island development begins construction. Projected to be the most environmentally-sustainable large development project in U.S. history, it will include up to 500 hotel rooms, 8,000 new residential units, a 400-slip marina, 500,000 square feet of commercial retail and office space plus nearly 300 acres of parks and open space. A new ferry terminal will be the cornerstone of the island’s transportation program. For more information visit www.sftreasureisland.org.
San Francisco Shipyard takes shape on city’s southeastern shoreline. Located along nine miles of shoreline, The San Francisco Shipyard and Candlestick Point is a multi-billion-dollar redevelopment by Lennar that will include contemporary urban housing, retail and entertainment venues, commercial space and more than 300 acres of park land for all San Franciscans to enjoy. The project encompasses the 495-acre Shipyard, a de-commissioned Navy base along San Francisco’s southeast waterfront (also home to the nation’s largest and oldest artist colony), and Candlestick Point immediately to the south, which occupies 280 acres of San Francisco waterfront. Construction at The San Francisco Shipyard is currently underway and the first homes are being occupied. For more information visit www.thesfshipyard.com.