San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Director Fred Blackwell is headed to Oakland for a new job as assistant city administrator.
Appointed to the Oakland post on Thursday, Blackwell leaves the San Francisco agency amid turmoil created by Gov. Jerry Brown’s successful statewide effort to ax redevelopment agencies or make them pay into state coffers to survive.
But Blackwell, an Oakland native, said that had nothing to do with his decision.
“The opportunity to hold this kind of position in my hometown is really special,” Blackwell said. “I’m actually really confident the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency will make it through all of this stuff.”
Blackwell’s four-year tenure in the agency included approval of the Hunters Point Shipyard redevelopment plan and efforts to rebuild the Alice Griffith housing project, which recently received a federal grant for more than $30 million. Blackwell began his work in The City in 2005 as the director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Development.
The Redevelopment Agency plans to continue its existence in San Francisco, although the details of its future funding – and where it will come from -- depend on legislation to be introduced by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors by Nov. 1.