Frequently Asked Questions
What is Eagle Plaza?
Eagle Plaza is a unique pedestrian plaza concept proposed for 12th Street at Harrison in the Western South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood of San Francisco. The plaza is envisioned as a "shared public way," allowing cars at times but with emphasis on a pedestrian-priority space. It will commemorate the area's LGBTQ and leather heritage and provide a much needed public space for the neighborhood. Check out the design here.
Has Eagle Plaza been approved?
Mostly, yes! On February 11th, 2016, the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously voted in favor of allocating $1.5 million in funding towards Eagle Plaza's design & construction. This is a major step forward for Eagle Plaza because it ensures that Eagle Plaza has a vast majority of the funding it needs for design completion and construction! The next steps will be to work with individual City agencies such as Public Works, Planning, SFMTA, Recreation & Parks, and Real Estate to make sure Eagle Plaza conforms with all of their rules and regulations. If you'd like to voice your support and/or get involved, please let us know!
Is Eagle Plaza only for the Leather Pride community?
Eagle Plaza is for everyone! While the initiative to commemorate the LGBTQ heritage in the neighborhood has served as inspiration for the plaza's design, the project is responding to community-wide demand for more public open space in Western SoMa. Eagle Plaza is designed as an inclusive public space to be open and welcoming to every member of the community.
Who is Friends of Eagle Plaza?
Friends of Eagle Plaza (FoEP) is a neighborhood-based group that will be responsible for managing and maintaining Eagle Plaza. It meets regularly and is directly informing the design and programming of the plaza. FoEP is representative of the surrounding community, with property owners, business owners, residents, community groups and other stakeholders participating. Once the plaza is approved by the City, FoEP will incorporate as an official nonprofit organization and will oversee Eagle Plaza's funding, maintenance and programming. If you would like to get involved please let us know!
Why is it necessary to create Friends of Eagle Plaza? Why can’t the City take care of the plaza itself?
The City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) does its best to maintain its vast array of public parks, playgrounds, plazas and streetscapes - and it has a tough job. Today San Francisco struggles to keep its public spaces safe and clean for all users, which is why neighborhood-based public space stewardship is so important. At a hyper-local level, "Friends of" groups like FoEP can supplement city baseline services like street sweeping with enhanced maintenance and capital improvements funded by grants or local donations. Added services could include (but would by no means be limited to) scheduling additional cleaning or street furniture repair, seasonal replanting of vegetated areas, and/or planning and funding community events in the plaza.
Who will own Eagle Plaza? Will it be privately or publicly controlled space?
Eagle Plaza will always be a 100% publicly owned space, under the jurisdiction of a City Department such as Public Works or Real Estate. The plaza would be managed for the benefit of the public by the nonprofit Friends of Eagle Plaza to ensure a high level of maintenance, programming, care and accountability. A Public Stewardship Agreement between the Friends of Eagle Plaza and the City would stipulate that the plaza remain public and publicly accessible in perpetuity.
How will Eagle Plaza be funded?
Eagle Plaza's design and construction costs are partially funded through San Francisco's innovative In-Kind Agreement (IKA) process. Through an IKA, a portion of the development impact fees generated by 1532 Harrison Street, a new multi-family residential development across the street, are re-allocated directly to a nearby project rather than distributed throughout the city. Learn more about Eagle Plaza's IKA here. These funds are supplemented with other sources such as grants and charitable contributions from individuals or organizations. For ongoing maintenance and programming, the Eagle Plaza will be supported by a Community Facilities District (CFD) that will provide a steady annual revenue stream derived from property owners who elect to join the CFD. Learn more about Eagle Plaza's CFD here.
Why haven’t I had a chance to participate in the planning and design process?
Numerous community outreach events have occurred to date - we're sorry you missed them! Luckily there are plenty of ways to get involved, so please sign up to receive notifications about events, project updates and more!
How can I give feedback?
Feedback is always welcome! Please let us know what you think here. In addition, please feel free to contact any of the Friends of Eagle Plaza members to share your thoughts.
How can I support the project?
Stay informed by signing up to receive occasional emails about project updates and upcoming events. You can also submit feedback or request to learn more about Friends of Eagle Plaza here.
Who is Place Lab?
Place Lab is a registered DBA of Build Pubic Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works closely with neighborhoods, the City, and funding sources such as developers and foundations to create and sustain high quality public spaces in San Francisco. Place Lab is overseeing the design development and city approval process for Eagle Plaza in collaboration with Build Inc., the property owner and developer of 1532 Harrison Street whose in-kind impact fees are partially fund Eagle Plaza. Place Lab was founded in 2012 by several partners at Build Inc, and has since achieved independence as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit, hence the name change to Place Lab in January 2018.
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