While the opposition to an up-zoning for either the proposed twisty tower to rise at the corner of Folsom and Spear or the development at 75 Howard is organizing, the latest proposal from the 75 Howard team wouldn’t actually require any increase in the parcel’s zoned height, a point which the development team would like to make abundantly clear.
From Alex Clemens, 75 Howard’s official spokesperson:
“While earlier drafts of the 75 Howard proposal requested heights of 350 feet and 292 feet, the project sponsor is now proposing a 220 foot proposal – exactly what existing city zoning allows at this site. We would appreciate you notifying your readers that our proposal falls within the City’s current zoning – and in addition, because of confusion that may be raised by [Save Rincon Park’s letter], that our code-compliant proposal for 75 Howard is not built on public land.”
Or as we reported three weeks ago (and roughly rendered above):
“Facing an uphill battle with neighborhood groups and a potential conflict with San Francisco’s Downtown Area Plan which calls for building heights to taper down to the shoreline of the Bay, “to avoid visual disruption along the water while preserving topography and views,” the proposed height of the residential tower to rise at 75 Howard Street has been further reduced from 290 to 220 feet, the maximum height for which the parcel is currently zoned.”
And as a plugged-in reader noted last week, it’s not simply run-of-the-mill NIMBYs which are organizing to oppose any upzoning for the proposed projects, but the Bay Area chapter of the Sierra Club has adopted “a resolution opposing height-limit increases for the 75 Howard and 160 Folsom luxury tower projects and encouraging the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors to reject them” as well, based on concerns about the potential shadowing of Rincon Park.
Of course, that doesn’t mean an increase in height won’t still be requested for 75 Howard as an alternative to the code-compliant design, but the writing is on the…wall.