Revised plans for the Main Post of San Francisco’s Presidio national park, which include construction of a contemporary art museum for the
collection of billionaire businessman Donald Fisher, are still
unsatisfactory, say many preservationists, environmentalists, and
neighbors who attended a hearing on the new plans Tuesday night.
Despite the fact that the museum plans
have been scaled down since
their original release to the public and the National Park Service,
they could, in fact, lead to a lawsuit to stop the project from moving
In addition to Fisher’s proposed Contemporary Art Museum of the
Presidio (the CAMP), the seven-member governing body for the park, the
Presidio Board of Trustees
, has tentatively approved a Heritage Center in what
is now the Officers Club, a 129-room hotel called the Presidio Park
Lodge in one of the barracks, and an expansion of the Presidio Theatre, all at the Main Post. It has already adopted plans for the Walt Disney Family Museum for the Main Post.
According to Presidio Executive Director Craig Middleton, the organizing theme of the
altered Main Post will be sustainability, with the use of reclaimed
water for landscaping, the improvement of PresidiGo shuttle for
transportation around the entire park, the installation of permeable
surfaces to reduce runoff, and photovoltaic panels on buildings.
However, the attractions are
expected to bring many people by private automobile. The plans for the
rebuild of Doyle Drive
, the six-lane state highway that links the Golden Gate
Bridge to the Marina District, include the addition of a seventh lane from Veterans
Boulevard to Girard Road in the Presidio, which leads to the Main
Post. The off-ramp to Girard is intended to divert traffic now bound
for the Main Post away from the nearby neighborhoods where drivers
currently have to meander through the Marina or Cow Hollow to get back
into the Presidio.