A planned new hub is under review for a corner of John McLaren Park at Sunnydale, by the southern edge of San Francisco. Recent plans were put in front of the civic design review committee for the community center adjoining a residential development, the Herz Recreation Center Project. It is a nearly twelve thousand square foot destination for exercise, meetings, and various events. The city’s Park Department is developing the project in concert with Mercy Housing and Related California.
The project, two buildings spanning 11,900 square feet, is centered around its 8,450 square feet of the gymnasium and related facilities. The center court is to be a regulation-sized basketball court, designed to be flexible for multiple different sports and activities. An entrance lobby provides 780 square feet, with 500 square feet for multi-purpose use, and the remaining space for reception, a small office, and kitchen. The two buildings will be centered around a landscaped outdoor courtyard designed to maximize seating for social engagements. Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects is responsible for the design of the Herz Recreation center.
John McLaren Park is an expansive 312-acre park, the third-largest in the city but with noticeably less foot traffic given its distance from the urban core. This new development is hoping to use this social infrastructure by providing more housing and community space immediately beside it.
The residential portion, developed by San Francisco’s HOPE SF initiative with collaboration between Related California and Mercy Housing, will create 1,770 units, of which 775 is replacement housing, and 995 as tax-credit affordable and market-rate housing across fifty acres. Thirty thousand square feet will be produced for retail. Van Meter Williams Pollack will be responsible for the design of residential development.
An estimated completion date for the project is not yet announced.