While Kilroy Realty has reached an agreement with the operators of the San Francisco Flower Mart to build a new underground market for the mart’s wholesale business in exchange for their support of Kilroy’s redevelopment of the Central SoMa site, the backers of a threatened ballot measure which could kill the development have taken the next steps towards making the measure a reality.
Paperwork for the “Prohibition of Height Limit Increase and Zoning Changes to the San Francisco Wholesale Flower Market” ordinance was submitted to the Department of Elections on Friday. If passed, the measure would prevent any zoning changes or exemptions for the Flower Mart site at Sixth and Brannan unless said changes were first approved by voters in San Francisco.
Currently only zoned for industrial use and building up to 55-feet in height, a height at which Kilroy’s plans likely wouldn’t pencil, the City’s pending Central SoMa Plan recommends that the Flower Mart parcel be rezoned for office use and building up to 85-feet in height. And in fact, draft plans for the parcel suggest that Kilroy could be lobbying for an up-zoning to as high as 160-feet.
The authors of the proposed measure to prohibit any zoning changes for the Flower Mart site would need to gather 9,702 signatures in order to qualify the initiative for the November ballot.