sfpd_cityhall.jpgA police substation could open as soon as December along San Francisco’s Sixth Street under a proposed lease introduced at the city’s Board of Supervisors meeting today.

The substation, which would be located at 72 Sixth St. between Jessie and Mission streets, has been part of Mayor Ed Lee’s plans to revitalize the blighted neighborhood.

However, the project was stalled by a new state law ordering the dissolution of local redevelopment agencies that went into effect in February. San Francisco’s redevelopment agency was overseeing the substation plans.

Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district contains the Sixth Street neighborhood, announced the agreement for the city to lease the space for the substation at this afternoon’s board meeting.

Kim said her office had received “almost daily questions” on the fate of the project, and said the lease “is a testament to our support for the neighborhood.”

She said the substation would allow police to increase their presence in the neighborhood, which is often home to crime problems, including the city’s first homicide of 2012.

The terms of the three-year lease call for the Police Department to move in on Dec. 1 following substantial improvements to the building, with Sixth Street Baldwin House serving as the landlord.

Mayoral spokeswoman Christine Falvey said the project “is crucial for the Mid-Market area” and that Lee “is pleased with this milestone and is looking forward to moving this process forward.”

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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