University purchases school district property

SF State is closer to fulfilling an important part of its Campus Master Plan after purchasing a 2.5 acre property from the San Francisco Unified School District, located in the southwest corner of campus along Font Boulevard.

A map of SF State showing the location of a property recently purchased from the San Francisco Unified School District.

SF State has purchased a 2.5-acre property (center of map, dark green) from the San Francisco Unified School District.

"This property is a critical addition to our campus and will benefit students immensely, first as an outdoor commons near the heart of our residential community, and in the future as academic space for students and faculty in the clinical sciences," said Vice President for Administration and Finance Nancy Hayes.

SF State purchased the property for $11 million with funds allocated from the state of California for land acquisition and capital projects. The San Francisco Board of Education approved the sale in April. The University has eyed the site, which formerly housed the district's School of the Arts, since the school district first put it up for sale in 2007. The building has been unused since 2002. The state allocated funds for the purchase in 2007 and funds were to expire on June 30, 2012, making the purchase very timely.

Following demolition of the existing buildings later this summer, the University will convert the site into a multipurpose outdoor student recreation area, estimated to be ready for student use in spring 2013.

An academic and research building for the clinical sciences is a key component of the Campus Master Plan, which was developed in 2007. The new building will bridge the gap between the adjacent Humanities building and other academic buildings surrounding the quad on the eastern end of campus with the new Performing Arts building planned for the far western end of the campus.

The University will keep campus neighbors informed about demolition. For updates on the project, visit the SF State Capital Planning, Design and Construction website. To learn more about the University's master plan, visit

--Jonathan Morales