With the replacement tennis courts having been shed and number of groups opposing the development, San Francisco’s Planning Commission will hold a special meeting this Thursday at 10 am to consider certifying the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and shadow studies for the proposed development at 8 Washington Street.
As proposed, the existing Golden Gateway Swim and Tennis Club and parking lot on Seawall 351 would be demolished and residential buildings ranging from four to twelve stores with 145 dwelling units, 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, 400 off-street parking spaces, and a new health club would rise (click either image to enlarge).
The health club would be situated in the northern portion of the site with the enclosed portion fronting the Embarcadero with an undulating roofline reaching a height of approximately 35 feet and planted as a non-occupied green roof. Green “living wallsʺ are also proposed for portions of the Embarcadero elevation of the building.
The Planning Commission is also scheduled to vote on a recommendation to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors to approve the reclassification of a southwestern portion of the site from the existing 84-foot height limit to a height of 92 feet in one portion and 136 feet in another in order to clear the way for the buildings to rise as proposed.
The Planning Department recommends approval of the project with the condition that parking for residents be reduced from 145 to 131 spaces, a reduced parking to unit ratio that is “compatible with the parking ratios permitted within C-3 Districts nearby, and would therefore be appropriate to the transit-rich, pedestrian-friendly context of the Project Site.”