With San Francisco’s ambitious Central SoMa Plan nearing adoption, the city’s Planning Department is about to start drafting the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the equally ambitious Hub District Plan.
In addition to improving and activating the area’s streets, alleys and public realm, the Market Street Hub plan would allow for the development of a “taller, larger, and more diverse” array of buildings within the boundaries of the 84-acre district which is currently zoned for a maximum of 400 feet in height.
While originally envisioned to allow building up to 600 feet, in addition to evaluating a higher 360 foot height limit for the International School parcel at 98 Franklin, the proposed height limits for the redevelopment of the San Francisco Honda site at 10 South Van Ness has officially been raised from 500 to 590 feet.
And the proposed height limit for the corner parcel at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, upon which an 8-story building currently sits, has been raised from 600 to 650 feet in height, in order to help mitigate “a “table-topping” effect on the area’s rapidly evolving skyline with uniform heights of tall buildings and little transition to adjacent areas” and cement the corner as the visual hub of the neighborhood.
In terms of timing, Planning is currently aiming to publish a draft of the Impact Report for the Hub Plan in the spring of 2019 and finalize it that fall, after which the adoption hearings would follow.
And if adopted as envisioned, the plan could clear the way for an additional 12,000 units of housing to rise around the transit rich intersections of Market and Van Ness and South Van Ness and Mission, along with enough commercial space to accommodate around 7,000 workers. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.