sfpd_cityhall.jpgA lease for a police substation along San Francisco’s blighted Sixth Street was approved by the city’s Board of Supervisors today.

The lease for the substation, which will be located at 72 Sixth St. between Jessie and Mission streets, will begin following renovations to the building, with a tentative starting date of Dec. 1.

The renovations will not be cheap–the city will pay $775,000 out of its general fund to make the improvements, according to the legislation.

However, Supervisor Jane Kim said today that the substation is important for the neighborhood, which has been plagued by blight and crime.

Kim said it would serve as “a cornerstone for the neighborhood” and serve to increase foot patrols while reducing crime in the area.

Police have said officers would use the substation to check in and write reports there instead of returning to the Southern Station at 850 Bryant St.

Plans for the project had stalled earlier when a new state law ordering the dissolution of local redevelopment agencies went into effect in February. San Francisco’s redevelopment agency was overseeing the substation plans.

Sixth Street Baldwin House is serving as the landlord during the three-year lease, which includes three two-year options to extend the lease.

An amendment to the legislation agreed upon at an earlier board committee hearing will require the Police Department to give supervisors an update on the substation’s impacts to the neighborhood following six months of operations there.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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