SAN FRANCISCO-Two developers are competing for the right to develop a sports facility on San Francisco piers 27-31, which spans 19 acres and currently includes 486,000-sf of warehousing space. Chelsea Piers LP of New York and The Mills Corp. of Arlington, VA both submitted proposals to the Port of San Francisco this week. The winning proposal will be selected some time next year.

The Mills Corp., a real estate investment trust with waterfront projects in Boston, Baltimore and Miami, is proposing 250,000-sf of office space, a 100,000-sf YMCA facility, 120,000-sf of “recreational retail” space and 80,000-sf of cafes and restaurants. “Recreational retail” is referred to as stores that offer some type of recreation in addition to selling product, like an outdoor equipment store with a rock-climbing wall.

Chelsea Piers’ plan would cost around $100 million to develop and would feature a field house, ice rinks, bowling, an extreme park that will offer inline skating, a ropes course and rock climbing, totaling more than 500,000-sf, according to David Tewsbury, executive vice president for Chelsea Piers, who likened it to the company’s facility on the Hudson River in New York. San Francisco-based Western Athletic Clubs, which was originally going to submit its own proposal, has partnered up with Chelsea Piers to build a new health club on the proposed site.

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