Friday, December 4, 2015

Alameda Creek Watershed Center and Sunol Corporation Yard Update

Good news!

The Sunol Long Term Improvement Project Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) was signed by the San Francisco Planning Department on December 2nd, and can be found here:

This project includes upgrades to the Sunol Yard and the construction of the Alameda Creek Watershed Center.  The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (Commission) will consider approval of the project at their December 8, 2015 meeting. Please find the SFPUC agenda item here:

As discussed, this document includes a few revisions from the draft MND, including:
  • Temporary use during construction of the corner of the southeast quadrant of the Paloma Road/ Temple Road intersection for the SFPUC staff and equipment.
  • This parcel is presently part of a buffer around an aggregate-mining lease, and the necessary revisions to the lease with Hansen Aggregates will also be considered at the December 8, 2015 Commission meeting.
Crucial elements remain unchanged, as was also discussed:
  • The project footprint remains unchanged, and will not utilize the space in the adjacent AgPark currently being farmed.
  • We are working closely with SAGE to extend their lease through 2016.  This lease amendment will be considered by the Commission in the near future, mostly likely January or February 2016.
We will schedule our next meeting with the community in the first quarter of 2016 to provide a more detailed update project, including the interpretive elements of the Alameda Creek Watershed Center.

Here is the tentative project schedule:
       Final Design - February 2016
       Archeological Investigation - January 2016 – August 2016
       Construction Contract Bid - March 2016
       Construction Award - May 2016
       Construction - August 2016 – August 2018

We appreciate all of the interest in and support of this project, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Sunol community as we move toward construction.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to the project team with any questions or comments. Betsy L. Rhodes can be reached at 415-554-3240, or


Tim Ramirez

Natural Resources and Lands Management, SFPUC

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