As we first reported earlier this year, plans for a wall of ten townhomes to rise on the 3,571-square-foot lot at 1151 Washington Street, adjacent to the Betty Ong Recreation Center’s playground, have been drawn. And as we outlined at the time, while the development would technically rise up to 40 feet in height across the site, the “40 foot” height doesn’t include the penthouse levels and deck walls which rise another 10 feet in height as designed.
While the site is zoned for development up to 65 feet in height, there are limits as to the allowable bulk of any building over 40 feet in height as well as the allowable rooftop coverage of a unit’s penthouse, limits that the development as proposed exceed.
And while an exemption from the aforementioned limits could be secured by claiming a State Density Bonus for the development, Planning’s preliminary review of the plans has revealed that the penthouse levels as proposed would subject the development to a required analysis of its potential to shadow the adjacent Betty Ong Recreation Center’s playground, the sunlight to which is protected by way of San Francisco’s Sunlight Ordinance.
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.