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Summary – Opportunities and Constraints

The analysis points to a number of opportunities and challenges that the master plan study will address as planning options are explored in the next phase. Following are key opportunities and constraints:


Short- to Mid-term Development Sites
The campus presents a number of potential sites for redevelopment in the short- to mid-term, as shown on the accompanying diagram. Collectively, they offer opportunities to change the public face of the University—along 19th Avenue and Lake Merced Boulevard—and to strengthen the organization of the core.

Mid- to Long-term Development Sites
The University Park North and South properties offer opportunities in the mid- to long-term to rethink campus form and land use relationships both internally and with the surrounding community.

Campus Identity
Several prominent locations along 19th Avenue and Lake Merced Boulevard offer potential sites for buildings that contain semi-public uses serving both the University and the external community and that are designed to enhance the University’s visibility and image.

Green Network
The valley presents a resource with extraordinary environmental, recreational, visual, and image value for the campus. The potential for a continuous greenbelt between the campus and Lake Merced offers benefits for both the campus and community.

Connections across the Valley
The diagram identifies potential sites to span—and celebrate—the valley. The site to the east of Cox Stadium, where the valley narrows, would provide an internal connection between the core and University Park North. The site to the west would provide a connection between the campus and Stonestown.

Many other campuses—Cornell, UC Santa Cruz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—have found elegant solutions, either pedestrian bridges or creative structures, that turn topography into an asset, connecting the campus rather than dividing it.

Mixed-Use Zones / Neighborhood Retail
Holloway Avenue and Buckingham Way offer potential locations for neighborhood retail—café, shops, etc.—that would serve both the campus community and area residents, providing a level of neighborhood retail service that is currently lacking in this part of the city.

Improved Transit
As the main transit anchor for the entire southwest quadrant of San Francisco, SFSU has the potential to make a great impact on transit services if it chooses to participate in current and future planning processes affecting 19th Avenue and the wider City and County of San Francisco. Key areas to address include multimodal transportation along 19th Avenue; pedestrian concerns between the M Metro Line stop and the campus on 19th Avenue, and improved speed, reliability and signal priority for the M Metro Line and Route 28.

Increased Bicycle Usage
The below-average share of bicycle commuting to SFSU could be increased by working with the city to create a more complete, safe, and comfortable bicycle network in the vicinity of campus. Also, SFSU could improve on-campus conditions for bicyclists by providing convenient access routes and parking facilities throughout all areas of campus.

Shared Parking with Stonestown
It may be of mutual benefit to work with the adjacent Stonestown shopping center to determine if existing or newly developed parking resources could be used jointly. A shared parking strategy may prove feasible due to the different periods of peak parking demand for the University (weekdays during the day) and the shopping center (nights, weekends, and holidays).

Map showing opportunities

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