As we first reported a couple weeks ago, the revived plans for a modern 144-unit building to rise up to 84 feet in height at 430 Main/429 Beale Street could be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission at the end of this month.
While the site was previously approved for development back in 2009, the proposed project was subsequently waylaid by a successful appeal to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, an appeal which was championed by neighbors in the adjacent Baycrest condo building at 201 Harrison and technically challenged Planning’s issuance of a Community (Rincon Hill Area) Plan Exemption for the development, an exemption which should have obviated the need for additional environmental review.
The 2009-era developer subsequently abandoned the project and sold the site. And as such, while San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors had directed Planning “to conduct additional environmental review and prepare either a negative declaration or an environmental impact report that analyzes the [proposed development’s] potential impacts related to air quality, wind, and [greenhouse gas] emissions,” said additional review was deemed moot and never conducted.
Yesterday, Planning issued a new Community Plan Exemption for the revived development. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.