SFMTA Officially Names Public Area Near CCSF “Unity Plaza”

A public plaza located on Ocean Avenue next to City College of San Francisco has been officially named Unity Plaza, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Nearly 100 names were submitted for review in September, with a coalition of citizens representing various local communities around the plaza ultimately reaching a decision after a thorough multi-step evaluation process.

The Unity Plaza name was submitted by Chaeneice Evans.

“We wanted a name for the plaza that would bring communities and city leaders together under one roof,” Maria Picar, director of the Oceanview, Merced and Ingleside Cultural Participation Project, said in a statement.

After completed renovations, the plaza will be 65 feet wide and two hundred-ten feet in length, featuring newly planted trees, benches, pedestrian lighting, a domed play structure, and historical photographs of the area on display.

Community members and stakeholders involved in the plaza’s development hope it will serve as an attractive pedestrian link between the City College campus, the Phelan Loop bus terminal, Muni’s K-Ingleside line on Ocean Avenue and an affordable housing development sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Housing.

The Unity Plaza project is part of the Balboa Park Station Area Plan, a neighborhood-driven venture funded by federal and local sources. Construction is expected to be completed nine months after it begins early next year.

Andrew Dickey, Bay City News

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  • Dark Soul

    The Front Bus Screen 49-Van Ness/Mission and 8X/8BX will have their FINAL STOP Signs changed to unity plaza to?

  • sebra leaves

    Considering the funding problems at City College this seems like a waste of taxpayer funds. Please tell us that no taxpayer funds, from any government source, is going into this project. Also why it SFMTA involved in a plaza to start with? How much of Muni time and money is going into this project?

    • jn

      This piece of parcel is owned by the MTA and has nothing to do with City College or its current problems. The MTA can do whatever it pleases with the land it owns. It used to be part of the turnaround for the 8, 15, and 49 Muni bus line until it was moved to the current location behind the firehouse. Part of the turnaround was significantly underused as a parking lot. The plaza transformation is a significant improvement to what was there before.

      • sebra leaves

        And the voters will have the last word on the matter in November.