While Martin Building Company’s proposed development of 127 apartments and a Del Popolo pizzeria at 88 Arkansas and 17th Street, across from Jackson Park in Lower Potrero Hill, was approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission in a fast-tracked hearing last month, the Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association has filed an appeal.
Per San Francisco’s Eastern Neighborhoods Plan, at least 40% of the units in a new development are required to have two or more bedrooms. And while the stated unit mix for 88 Arkansas does include 41 two-bedrooms and 10 three-bedrooms, or 40.2% of the 127 units, the two and three-bedrooms were designed with “nested” bedroom layouts that don’t have exterior windows, layouts which are legal per San Francisco’s Building Code but which don’t appear to meet the standards of the Eastern Neighborhoods plan.
As such, the Boosters have appealed the exception to the Unit Mix Requirement which was granted by Planning in order to approve the 88 Arkansas project, arguing that the project fails to meet the specific criteria for an exception to be granted.
Next week, San Francisco’s Board of Appeals will decide whether to uphold the unit mix exception and Planning’s approval for the 88 Arkansas project or send the development back to the drawing boards.