Brookfield Properties has released new renderings for the $2 billion master plan to redevelop the surface parking of the Stonestown Galleria mall on the west side of San Francisco. The new illustrations compare current conditions at the mall with the proposal. The development would transform the retail center into a vibrant town center and neighborhood destination with housing and open space.
In a public statement shared with YIMBY by the project team, the Senior Director of Development at Brookfield, Courtney Pash, describes that the “new renderings bring to life ideas put forth by the community over the last three years showing details of proposed improvements, amenities, and experiences.” Pash elaborated that “the vision of a town center with housing, retail, and parks and open spaces will help provide stability to weather the next crisis or economic downturn.”
Townsquare Before and After
20th Avenue Walkable Retail Thoroughfare Before and After
Stonestown Commons Before and After
Stonestown Winston Gateway Before and After
Stonestown Greenway Before and After
The proposal covers 40.9 acres, including 11 acres with the Stonestown Galleria, three acres of streets, and 26.9 acres of surface parking. The new development will retain the existing mall, while creating 2,930 homes, 150,000 square feet of new retail floor area, six acres of open space, offices, a new cultural venue, and a 200-key hotel. Initial plans included parking for 3,960 vehicles across 1.6 million square feet and 1,184 bicycles.
Much of the existing mall will remain intact, and its east side will be enriched with a redesigned north-south 20th Avenue, serving as the main street for pedestrian activity and 150,000 square feet of new street-facing retail. The west side will create the new town square where the Stonestown Farmers Market will have a new home surrounded by parks and greenery.
Across the remaining 30 acres, around 17 buildings will be constructed, with taller buildings grouped by the southern end near the San Francisco State University campus. Shorter podium-style building will be stepped down towards adjacent residential neighborhoods, going as short as a cluster of new townhomes by St. Stephens Church along Eucalyptus Drive. The tallest building will reach 190 feet high.
The project team includes SiteLab Urban Studio, Einwillerkuehl Landscape Architect, David Baker Architects, Fehr & Peers, and CBG. Other contributions have been made by Atelier Ten, Walter P Moore, BCV Architecture and Interiors, and CallisonRTKL. These initial renderings show a broad idea of how future buildings may look, though specific details about each building still need to be drafted.
The project abuts the stalled Parkmerced development, which has been stalled as the developer seeks financing. The expansive mixed-use master plan designed by SOM and led by Maximus Real Estate Partners expects to build 8,900 new homes across 91 buildings above retail, offices, a community center, and two new MUNI light rail stations.
Brookfield estimates final approvals will be achieved by 2024, with construction to follow soon after over 15 years of work.