UCSF to Hold Public Meeting About Parking Garage Proposal on Sutter

Streetsblog tipsters have been sending numerous emails about a public meeting tonight at UCSF’s Mt. Zion campus auditorium, concerned that a proposed 6-story building with 7 levels of parking that will add 230 new parking spaces.

According to UCSF spokesperson Barbara Bagot Lopez, the meeting is the first step in the public outreach process to build the public garage on a vacant lot at 2420 Sutter Street.

"The UCSF Mecial Center has an interest in getting parking for their patients," said Bagot-Lopez. "This is not a staff garage, this is a public garage."

"Anyone who lives or works nearby can tell you how hard it is to find
parking," she added. "All the merchants we’ve talked
to are very supportive of having more public parking in the
neighborhood."

At the meeting, UCSF planning staff will present details about the facility, including possible architectural models. UCSF expected to build six stories of parking above ground, two below ground.

While Bagot-Lopez acknowledged that UCSF, as a state entity, is not bound by local planning code restrictions from the Planning Commission, she said they would still go through standard environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.

"We are conducting a public process, even though we are not required,"
she added. "We have been working really hard on being good neighbors" 

She also said the institution was very proactive encouraging staff and students to take the bus to their facility. "We have a robust program for alternative modes of transportation," she said. "We encourage our staff and faculty to avoid using a single-occupancy
vehicle. Our transportation department is very serious about that."

The meeting tonight is at the UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion, Herbst Hall & Auditorium, 1600 Divisadero Street, starting at 7 pm.

  • I really believe that people think that cars just appear in parking spaces. They think that they don’t drive down a road to get anywhere. Which is kind of scary – are all these people so zoned out on there drive that they only remember getting into the car and then putting it in park and getting out when they arrive?

  • robo

    Why are they making excuses for their staff when they previously said that the garage is for patients, not for staff?
    I think the city need a moratorium on multi-level parking structures, and open, impermeable parking lots.

  • Jeffrey W. Baker

    I suppose it would be wrong to point out that this street, although heavily served by Muni on the nearby 38, 1, 22, and 24 lines, has seen radical service reductions on its own street, Sutter, over the last five years.

  • Alexei

    This is ridiculous. It’s directly across the street from ANOTHER, even more enormous parking structure.

  • Why do they assume their patients need to drive so much more?

  • If only UCSF/Mt. Zion installed visible and adequate bike parking right now for the public to use. Along the hospital entrance there is little on-street bike parking, no signs for finding it. Bikes are piled up on parking meters. Just to the right of the main entrance is what seems a very good spot for bike racks on UCSF property. (but, please, no poorly designed spiral racks).

  • david vartanoff

    Maybe UCSF should just buy stock in GM. NO MORE PARKING LOTS!

  • Years of bad planning decisions by Kaiser, UCSF, and the hospitals that preceded UCSF moving in have made that area one of the saddest in San Francisco. It’s empty of people on the weekends. Divis @ Geary intersection is an embarrassment. Feels like a medical-industrial ghetto.

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