The City announced it will shell out $775,000, in addition to future rent costs, to create a police substation on Sixth Street in the mid-Market Street area.
The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee approved the plan Wednesday over concerns about the cost and effectiveness of the substation. It could open in summer, around the same time micro-blogging service Twitter is expected to move its headquarters into the area.
The substation has faced setbacks over the years, most recently when the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, which planned to fund the upgrades, dissolved last year. At the time, Mayor Ed Lee made a commitment to find funding within San Francisco’s budget, which he did.
The substation is seen as one component of efforts to revitalize mid-Market. It’s intended to increase the police presence mostly by reducing the time officers waste by having to head back to the Hall of Justice to file reports or do investigative work.
Supervisor Carmen Chu, who seemed less than thrilled with the proposal, suggested there were other ways to solve those issues, such as investing in technology so officers could file reports from the field. She backed it anyway, but said the Police Department must report on the substation’s crime-fighting effectiveness and the time officers save.
The lease is for three years, with two additional three-year options. Upgrades are estimated to cost $775,000, including ballistic protections using Kevlar and air flow protections. If leased for the entire nine years, rent could total $297,355.
“The substation is an investment in the Sixth Street and mid-Market community, and we should view it that way,” said Supervisor Jane Kim, who represents the area.
The full Board of Supervisors is slated to vote Tuesday on the proposal.