San Francisco’s city center isn’t the only place undergoing unprecedented changes. While the 49ers play out their season in the much warmer (and tech-nerd-friendly) new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, their former home, Candlestick Park, is about to be replaced by an outlet center and residential community.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Candlestick Point will become home to a $1 billion, 500,000-square-foot “urban outlet” shopping center and housing development. The plans are being developed by homebuilder Lennar, which lost an effort to build a new stadium in the city a few years back, and by retail developer Macerich. They would include retail, restaurants, a marketplace, movie theaters, a performance venue and hotel, and 6,000 rental and for-sale homes.
Much of the property would maintain a city-like profile (street line, mixed heights, styles and materials) and be covered by outdoor pedestrian walkways, plantings, and fountains, but nobody is calling this a groundbreaking break from formula. And to 49ers fans, they will never replace the days of tailgating and Raider bashing.
The facility would not only serve the residents at Candlestick, but at the Nearby Hunters Point Shipyard property, where Lennar is building a large residential development. Candlestick now joins Bay Meadows racetrack in San Mateo as former sports facilities to become new communities. Meanwhile the Oakland County Coliseum (somehow) still remains.