The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA) was created in 1948 by California state law. Initially the agency was not a separate department, but rather the functions were carried out by various city departments. In the 1950s, the organization formed its own city department.
Starting in 1989, the agency started to use tax increment financing as a major source of their funding; which prompted the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors initiated a policy requiring that half of the agency's tax increment financing be used towards affordable housing in San Francisco.
List of projects and developments
Diamond Heights neighborhood, started in 1948
- Golden Gateway, a former produce terminal area that is now part of Downtown, started in the 1950s
- Western Addition (or Fillmore District), started in the 1960s
- Yerba Buena Center (different from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), an 87-acre project, started in 1966 to 2009 (it had delays due to many lawsuits)
- Butchertown (now India Basin) a former meat processing area turned into industrial redevelopment, started in 1968
Rincon and South Beach, from 1970 to 1988
South of Market, the 6th Street corridor, started after the 1989 earthquake
- Mission Bay
- Hunters Point Shipyard
- Treasure Island
- Visitacion Valley
- Transbay Transit Center
Alice Griffith Apartments (also known as the Alice Griffith housing project), starting in 2011
- Joseph Lawrence Alioto (Chairman, 1955 to ?)
- M. Justin Herman (Executive Director, April 1959 to August 1971)
- Robert Rumsey (Executive Director, 1971 to 1974)
- Wilbur Wyatt Hamilton (Executive Director, 1977 to 1987)
- Fred Blackwell (Executive Director, 2007 to 2011)
The agency officially ended on February 1, 2012. Its "successor agency" finished redistributing or ending their ongoing projects on April 25, 2014.
- San Francisco Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure. (OCII)
- San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
- San Francisco City Administrator's Office
- The Mayor's Office of Housing (Former SFRA Housing Programs)
- Port of San Francisco
- Also you might be interested in learning about Oakland's redevelopment agency which also had a significant impact on Oakland.
- Finding Aid to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Records, SFH 371, from the San Francisco History Center at the San Francisco Public Library