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Tuesday 23 April 2019
HASSELL+ receives additional funding for Resilient South City

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission of San Francisco has awarded additional funding to the HASSELL+ Resilient South City project as part of its SB1 grant program.

SB1 – the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 – provides funding for climate adaptation related to transportation systems in the nine-county Bay Area. Funding is also allocated to mobility and transit improvements around the bay, expanding bicycle and pedestrian access, reducing congestion, and improving freight movement along trade corridors.

Additional funding has also been received from the Bay Area Regional Collaborative, a consortium of four member agencies that works to collaborate and problem-solve for 21st century challenges that affect the Bay Area, including climate change and social and economic injustice.

As part of the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, Resilient South City aims to create more public green space and continuous public access along South San Francisco’s Colma Creek. The goal is to reduce the impacts of flooding, mitigate against sea-level rise vulnerability, restore native flora and fauna, and create more amenity and healthy lifestyle opportunities by connecting a continuous public corridor from Orange Memorial Park to a new public park at the shoreline.

The funding received will focus on developing creek flow and traffic modelling for several adaptation scenarios along Colma Creek. The primary objective is to reduce flood risk (with particular consideration for sea-level rise up the creek), improve access to/along the creek to transit and the Bay, and restore ecologies and increase public amenity along Colma Creek.

HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane said that this additional funding would help develop ideas explored in earlier stages of the project further.

“Earlier stages of the Resilient by Design project allowed the HASSELL+ team to take a holistic approach to the challenges facing South San Francisco. This additional funding will allow us to focus on some key issues facing Colma Creek, transforming it into a biking connection and green corridor rather than a flooding risk,” Richard said.

The announcement of this funding coincides with the release of ‘Resilient by Design – The Book’. This book details the nine visions for a more resilient San Francisco Bay Area that are beginning to take shape, including Resilient South City by HASSELL+, as well as how the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge has evolved since its launch in 2017. This is the first time that this visionary work has been compiled together into a single volume.

More information on Resilient South City can be found here. Resilient by Design – The Book can be downloaded here.

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