A formal challenge of the proposed building and beer hall to rise on the slender Hayes Valley parcel known as Central Freeway Parcel T (a.k.a. 188 Octavia Boulevard) has filed by a neighbor on Haight:
From the application for a Discretionary Review (DR) of the project to be held by the Planning Commission:
“Constructing  apartments that will rent for at least $6000 a month on city owned property is an egregious violation of Section 101.1 (b) housing policy priorities. [The project] utterly fails to comply with San Francisco Planning Code’s unequivocal mandate that affordable housing be preserved and enhanced; and that housing and neighborhood character be conserved and protected in order to preserve the cultural and economic of our neighborhoods.”
“[The project] is taller and denser than surrounding residential properties which will lead to a loss of sunlight, open space, vistas and parking spaces. Project specifications violate the usable open space requirements under Section 134, 135 of the of the San Francisco Planning Code. [And project] parameters contradict essential provisions of Section 101.1(b) of the San Francisco Planning Code’s Priority Policy 8 which states that “[our] parks and open space and their access to sunlight and vistas be protected from development.”
The DR requestor’s proposed changes to the project in order to reduce its adverse effects:
“Dramatically decrease the anticipated rental rate for each apartment to $1200 a month [and] decrease density to 8 units, not 27. Change [the] use of [the] property to an arts organization or a non-profit, not unduly expensive condos.”
Also noted: “Hayes Valley has been inundated with hundreds of expensive condos…[the] impact of gentrification upon Hayes Valley is disproportionate and unfair.” (And obviously the windows are too large.)
As proposed, the 27 units to rise at 188 Octavia Street are a mix of 12 studios, 4 one-bedrooms and 11 two-bedrooms, ranging in size from 395 to 962 square feet, with 4 of the units to be offered at below market rates (BMR). Building permits have been requested. And the necessary variances for the project were approved last week.