Planning Could Approve Neighborhood-Changing Plan This Month (UPDATED)March 9, 2018
With the legislative process required to adopt San Francisco’s ambitious Central SoMa Plan having successfully been initiated last week, a move which shouldn’t catch any plugged-in readers by surprise, the public hearing at which San Francisco’s Planning Commission could vote to approve the plan and recommend its adoption by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has been calendared for March 29 with an informational hearing scheduled the week prior.
Once again, the plan as proposed raises the proposed height limits for numerous neighborhood parcels, including an up-zoning of the Flower Mart site to allow development up to 270 feet in height; a 400-foot height limit for the Creamery/HD Buttercup parcels at the corner of Townsend and Fourth upon which Tishman Speyer is planning to build two swoopy towers; a re-revised 240-foot height limit for the 725 Harrison Street site to allow Boston Properties’ proposed office project to rise as rendered above; and the undergrounding and redevelopment of the San Francisco Tennis Club site.
If adopted, the plan could pave the way for an additional 7,500 units of housing and enough office space for an additional 45,000 workers to rise in the area roughly bounded by Folsom, Second, Townsend and Sixth Streets, as massed at full build-out around the 725 Harrison Street project above.
And yes, there is some opposition to the current plan and we’d be surprised if the Commission definitively acts on the 29th versus continuing the debate for a few weeks (if not months). We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.
UPDATE (3/15): The hearing scheduled for March 29 has been postponed as the Commission still needs to certify the Central SoMa Plan’s Environmental Impact Report, “which could not occur before April 12, 2018.”
Comments from Plugged-In Readers
More housing and more jobs and people coming to San Francisco, great!
But I do hope that they plan to take care of our terrible streets. There are cracks and huge holes all over the City, especially in SOMA and district 7, 8.
Supervisor Kim is on it!
Maybe she can personally fill some of the potholes in the bike lanes on Townsend, just like some other supervisors are personally cleaning the BART station at 16th and mission.
I recall Jane did some street work outside her upper east side condo in Manhattan. That property is a gem, and it is NOT affordable.
UPDATE: The hearing scheduled for March 29 has been postponed as the Commission still needs to certify the Central SoMa Plan’s Environmental Impact Report, “which could not occur before April 12, 2018.” We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.
UPDATE: Impact Report for Neighborhood-Changing Plan Slated for Certification
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