Mid-Market police substation funding up in the air 

A long-planned police substation in the mid-Market Street area hit a financial snag after the California Supreme Court recently upheld Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to eliminate redevelopment agencies statewide.

The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency was set to provide $500,000 for upgrades to the Baldwin House at 72 Sixth St., where the substation would be located in June when microblogging service Twitter is expected to move to 10th and Market streets.

“That really is called into question now,” Tiffany Bohee, executive director of the Redevelopment Agency, said of the substation project.

When the lease agreement was approved by the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee in November, committee chairwoman Supervisor Carmen Chu said the funding was essential to the project.

“I would be concerned if we had to find that funding elsewhere, given that we have so little money in capital dollars,” she said at the time.

Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district includes the mid-Market area, said the substation project is an important component in revitalizing the area and funding would be found.

In addition to the building upgrades, The City would pay $353,293 in rent over a nine-year period for use of 1,932 square feet of ground-floor space.

The substation would operate from about 8 a.m. to midnight. Officers patrolling the area would use it to write reports and conduct interviews, keeping more cops in the field instead of them having to return to the nearest police station at 850 Bryant St.

Mid-Market has long been plagued by crime and high vacancy rates. A payroll tax break for new hires was adopted for the area in hopes of boosting economic activity.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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