Can you say your development has plans for a grocery store if the land it is currently on is technically a Superfund site that hasn’t yet been handed over the City/County of SF and the developer? We love The Shipyard development – don’t get us wrong, we aren’t knocking it. The current two buildings for sale in the development are The Olympia and The Merchant, both of which are located in Phase 1 of the redevelopment plan for the former Hunter’s Point Shipyard Navy Site.
We’ve written about food poverty and how the Bayview/Hunter’s Point area currently suffers from a lack of grocery stores. So when we’ve visited the sales office for the Shipyard, we always ask about grocery stores. Because we really really believe that every neighborhood needs a grocery store to be a neighborhood.
As things are currently written, the developer will be opening a small convenience store/coffee shop/corner market (although don’t call it a corner market, think of something classier) within the Phase 1 area. A larger grocery store is on the drawing board, but it is located in land that is still controlled by the Navy and is part of the site cleanup.
Which leads to the questions: can you say you’ll have a grocery store someday in the future if you don’t even yet have control of the land it is slated for?
As we do more research on the environmental side of things at The Shipyard, you can expect us to write more about this subject in the coming weeks and months. We think the development offers a lot of wonderful opportunities, but it also has a history. We think smart buyers will want to understand that history.