In 2006, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (Agency) and Public Works completed public streetscape improvements on Sixth Street, between Market and Harrison Streets, by widening sidewalks, planting new street trees and installing ornamental street lights. Through discussions with the South of Market Project Area Committee (SOMPAC), Agency staff and Public Works have identified an initial set of alleyways for improvements. The planning phase for this set of alleyways will be followed by design and construction, as well as future improvement projects for other alleyways in the project area.
The current budget makes $120,000 available for the planning phase for the initial set of alleys and $15,000 available for the AIA San Francisco design charrette. Funding for the design and construction phases has been included in the Agency’s draft budget for Fiscal Year 2007-2008. Out of this effort came the SoMa Alleyways phase I and Phase II projects.
The purpose of the South of Market Alleyways Improvement Projects is to improve transit access and support connections to commercial corridors for residents, businesses, and workers by improving the streetscape. The goal is to make the alleyways friendly for pedestrians and bicyclists by slowing down autos and improving the appearance of the alleyways. The improvements will include sewer replacement, new ADA curb ramps, electrical work, lighting improvements, landscaping and new asphalt paving.
SOMA Alleyway Improvement Project Phase I: Improved alleyways in the South of Market neighborhood: Minna and Natoma streets from 7th to 6th St; Moss, and Harriet between Howard and Folsom streets, and Russ between Minna and Folsom streets. The improvements included new sewer mains, raised crosswalks, traffic chicanes, textured asphalt paving, new street trees and landscaping. Construction was completed in 2011.
San Francisco Redevelopment Agency