Group seeks to preserve WWII-era building 

Plans for a park on a waterfront strip on the developing, 50-year-old landfill south of AT&T Park also include the fate of the neighborhood’s iconic World War II Bluepeter Building.

A playground, several park benches and grassy knolls will crown the Bay’s front along Terry Francois Boulevard near Mariposa Street, but one tentative design utilizes the frail Bluepeter Building and the other assumes its demolition.

The Port Commission initially planned to destroy the blue-painted, wood structure built in the 1940s where the Navy fixed its ships because of the cost — up to $3.1 million to restore it in an economy that might not attract vendors.

But neighbors urged the building’s preservation. There are 6,000 residential units and more than 500,000 square feet of retail planned.

“It’s a gateway building,” said Friends of Bluepeter member Janet Carpenilli. “There were a lot of ship buildings all along the water and many of them are mostly gone.”

Port Commissioners voted to let Friends of Bluepeter take over the costs or restoration in one plan, under the condition they raise $300,000 by March 2011 and use it for the good of the public.

“The building can be reshaped as most likely a restaurant or into some other ancillary uses for the parks, like a maritime history museum,” Carpenilli said.

Commissioners also voted to demolish the Bluepeter building if the plan fails, and then build more seating.

The designs commissioners approved make up just less than a quarter of the 9-acre Bayfront park where parking for a new boat launch as well as a segment of the Bay Trail for pedestrians and bicycles have already been developed.

The Bayfront park — one of a handful of parcels primarily for passive recreation such as sitting to enjoy the waterfront — among more than 25 that make up about 40 acres of open space in the massive Mission Bay redevelopment project.

The current park design keeps the existing, non-native eucalyptus trees per request of the neighbors, but it also states that when they reach their sunset, they will be replaced with coastal live oaks.

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