SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The Presidio Trust is well on its way to becoming self-sufficient. In April, the agency will be opening up the first hotel in this urban national park.

More than a dozen workers are putting in long hours inside and outside a three-story brick building in the southeast corner of the Presidio Post area. The facility will be known as the Presidio Lodge.

Project Manager Josh Baggley said the best part of this $11 million project is that they are using much of the historical infrastructure as possible and making modern day improvements to things like the plumbing and the electrical, with some seismic upgrades too.

Ever since the base was handed over to the city, there was a promise that managers would one day be able to operate the park on their own.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

Presidio Trust spokeswoman Dana Polk said that day is fast approaching, with this fiscal year the last for any kind of help from the federal government.

“We feel pretty confident we’ve been successful at attracting philanthropic donations and we have quite a few tenants and partners,” Polk said.

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