Temporary Transbay Terminal Activation Updates

UPDATE 5 – 7.8.21

The Crossing at East Cut is continuing to gain steam with plans for the opening weekend, currently slated for mid-August, taking shape! The East Cut Landing Partners (ECLP) team is continuing coordination with OCII to ensure all permits and requirements are met for a safe and successful opening. The team has been working closely with Lightbox Café owner, Hugo Santana, to develop retail kiosk concepts for the central area around the beer garden, and we’re currently reaching out to local restaurants that might want to lease one of these kiosks.

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UPDATE 4 – 6.11.21

As you might have seen in the news last week, the East Cut Landing Partners (ECLP) received approval from the OCII Commission on June 2nd to move forward with activating the Temporary Transbay Terminal! The team is now in the process of developing the opening weekend activations, which are planned to begin in mid-July.

The updated plan (as seen above in the lead image) will still include the originally proposed activations, however, some items have been refined and adjusted to allow for better use and circulation around the site. The first weekend of activation should include the beer garden, Street Soccer, food trucks, music, and more! Be sure to check back here for updates, or visit www.eastcutcrossing.com to sign up for the mailing list.


UPDATE 3 – 3.30.21

After quite some time, The East Cut CBD has news to report regarding the former Temporary Transbay Terminal activation! In January the new owner of the parcel, the Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure (OCII), issued a Request for Proposals to provide a 1-2 year activation prior to the development of the Site into three blocks with affordable housing (“Block 2”), a park (“Block 3”), and a mixed-use development (“Block 4”). Block 4 is tentatively scheduled for development in Spring of 2022 and Blocks 2 & 3 in Spring of 2023. It is possible that economic or pandemic-related factors or, factors relating to the developer’s financing or plans, could result in the activation being extended.

The East Cut CBD was very interested in making sure the site provided community-focused activations that would benefit all stakeholders in the neighborhood. Consequently, the CBD submitted a proposal for activation under the name “East Cut Landing Partners” (ECLP). The partnership includes The East Cut CBD, Nestory Park, Street Soccer USA, and KGK Consulting, and our proposal was initially chosen by the OCII selection panel to enter into negotiations to operate the site during the interim period, pending approval by the OCII Commission. The following activations, most provided by operating partners, have been proposed by ECLP for the site:

  1. Food & beverage
  2. Recreation / fitness
  3. Outdoor cinema 
  4. Farmers market
  5. Retail stalls
  6. Flex space
  7. Kids play area
  1. Youth / community services space
  2. Small dog run
  3. Temporary art installations
  4. Senior outreach
  5. Private / seasonal events
  6. East Cut CBD Services Team office

ECLP is currently negotiating the Permit to Enter (PTE) with OCII which will allow for the use of the site. Consideration of the PTE by the OCII Commission is tentatively scheduled for their April 20, 2021 meeting. Check back here for more updates as they are available!


UPDATE 2 – 8.17.20

Voice your support for positive Temporary Transbay Terminal (TTT) site uses at the virtual TJPA Board of Directors meeting.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 18th at 9AM
WHERE: Watch live on SFGovTV: www.sfgovtv.org/tjpa. PUBLIC COMMENT CALL-IN: 1-855-282-6330 — Access Code: 126 058 4637
WHAT: Your advocacy is critical to seeing the TTT block activated with positive community uses. It will be several years before the block is fully developed, representing an opportunity to create community space, socially distanced food options, and more. Over 1,000 community members completed a survey expressing support for these types of activities.

Please contact Andrew Robinson (arobinson@theeastcut.org) if you have any questions or any technical difficulties accessing the TJPA Board meeting. 

Potential Talking Points for You:

  • The East Cut neighborhood does not have a Safe Street closed to vehicle traffic. These streets allow physically distanced pedestrian and cyclist activity. The TTT provides the same benefit without required traffic routing and enforcement.
  • Development on the TTT is at minimum 1.5 years out. There is a strong need for additional outdoor space given the current COVID-19 restrictions, and this space provides a large area for multiple activities, while allowing for proper physical distancing that can be strengthened over time.
  • Extensive community input gathered via a recent survey demonstrated strong support for interim uses on the site. Let’s put those in place as quickly as possible.
  • With The East Cut CBD as a programming partner, the site will be well-maintained and secure, whereas if the site goes unused, it will collect debris and weeds will grow leaving the site as a blight in the neighborhood.

Missed last week’s town hall about the temp terminal? You can access the recorded event here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vo2uT_fLO64x6ibWETe-oFS5oxOEtzjA/view?usp=sharing.

UPDATE 1 – 8.14.20

The East Cut CBD, in partnership with District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney’s office, is advocating for temporary activation of the Temporary Transbay Terminal (TTT), located in the heart of The East Cut bounded by Main, Beale, Folsom, and Howard streets. Over 1,000 neighbors adjacent to the block completed our survey, demonstrating tremendous interest in transforming the now vacant lot into a community hub to support local restaurants, provide open space during COVID-19, and more. 
To make this reality happen, though, your voice will need to be heard at 9:00am at the Tuesday, August 18 TJPA Board of Directors Meeting. Please call in (1-855-282-6330 — Access Code: 126 058 4637) to make public comment and request that the TJPA cancel its agreement with the City for a Safe Sleeping Site on the block and prioritize the need to community-focused interim activation. 
Need inspiration? In 2018, The East Cut CBD worked with Street Plans NYC to look at programming precedents that could be implemented at the TTT. The following revisits those precedents and can help the community visualize some of the possibilities for this space. Be sure to click through all three precedents, and reach out to info@theeastcut.org with your own ideas!