Over the objections of the Plaza 16 Coalition, San Francisco’s Planning Commission has approved the plans for a five-story, 27-unit apartment building to rise on the southwest corner of South Van Ness and 17th Street in the Mission.
The Coalition had demanded that The Toboni Group, the developer of the project, hold a bi-lingual community meeting with the Coalition and Calle 24, “which have been active and very vocal in opposing displacement during this affordable housing crisis in the Mission,” and would like to see a moratorium on all market rate residential construction in the Mission, starting with this development.
At the same time, the Coalition can claim a victory as The Toboni Group agreed to include four (4) Below Market Rate (BMR) units on-site rather than pay an in-lieu fee of $1.95 million, which was at the heart of the Coalition’s objections.
Completed in late 2017, the 27 “Luxury Rental” units at “600 SVN” were successfully condo mapped as well.
And the Toboni Group, by way of the 600 South Van Ness LLC, is now quietly seeking permission from Planning to retroactively amend the conditions of the project’s approval, an amendment which would eliminate the required inclusion of any BMR units on-site and reinstate the group’s option to pay an Inclusionary Housing in-lieu fee for the building if approved.
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.