Sitting vacant since damaged by a fire in 2010, the renovation plans for 2853-2857 Broderick Street included raising the height of the two-unit Cow Hollow property by 3 feet to install a new two-car garage below. And in March of 2013, the house was successfully raised following the issuance of a valid building permit the month before.
The plans attached to the permit, however, incorrectly stated that the existing home was 34-feet tall and would rise to a final height of 37 feet after being lifted the 3 feet as approved. Instead, the then 37-foot-tall home was raised 3 feet to a final height of just under 40 feet, which is the height limit for the lot.
Having commissioned an independent survey of the home prior to the lift having occurred, the owner of the home next door appears to have been well aware of the discrepancy between the stated heights on the plan versus reality but never mentioned it before. Said neighbor is now requesting that the lifted home be lowered back down to 37 feet in height as it now exceeds the stated height on the plan which was approved.
Rather than lowering the home, San Francisco’s Planning Department is recommending that the stated heights on the plans simply be corrected. The Department is also in support of a proposed unit merger for the building along with a couple of little additions and a new roof deck.
San Francisco’s Planning Commission is tasked with attempting to resolve the fight this week.