Eagle Plaza is a new flex-use public open space proposed for 12th Street between Harrison and Bernice Streets in San Francisco's West SOMA neighborhood. So-named for its proximity to longstanding community bar, the SF Eagle, Eagle Plaza would create much-needed public open space in this neighborhood as well as a place to celebrate the area's rich LGBTQ social heritage. The proposed plaza would be at times a "shared public way" allowing vehicular access, with features that could at other times create a pedestrian-only zone for special events, festivals, and other neighborhood programming.
Place Lab, formerly Build Public, is managing the design, development, and financing of the project in collaboration with neighborhood stakeholders, the City, and local developers. Partial funding for the project will stem from an innovative collaboration with the developers of a currently-vacant parking lot adjacent to Eagle Plaza, 1532 Harrison. The developer Build Inc. has agreed to engage in an In-Kind Agreement with the City to use a portion of the project's impact fees to help fund the development of a public space amenity to directly benefit the surrounding neighborhood. Place Lab is shepherding this process and will also seek additional funding from grant sources. In February 2016, the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously approved the allocation of $1.5 million in impact fees towards the design and construction of Eagle Plaza.
Eagle Plaza will be maintained and programmed by Friends of Eagle Plaza, a nonprofit stewardship organization comprised of neighborhood residents, nearby business and property owners, and other interested stakeholders. Aided by the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a longstanding San Francisco nonprofit that facilitates neighborhood parks stewardship, Friends of Eagle Plaza will ensure the long term cleanliness, safety, and accessibility of Eagle Plaza as a shared public amenity. To learn more please visit www.eagleplaza.org.