While the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed 27-story, 495-unit infill tower to rise on Nordstrom’s underdeveloped parking lot parcel at 469 Stevenson Street was certified by San Francisco’s Planning Commission in July of 2021, the certification was subsequently appealed and overturned by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors.
As we calmly outlined after the Board’s decision, despite a media circus of “San Francisco Supervisors Kill Housing” headlines and stories at the time, the bulk of the already completed Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project could be reused and/or amended to address the specific concerns that were raised by the Board, “the impact of which we’d put at six months to a year.”
It’s now eleven months later and…the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed 469 Stevenson Street tower has been amended to address the Board’s specific concerns (gentrification and displacement, historic resource impacts, and potential geotechnical impacts), with a public hearing scheduled for next month and after which the EIR is likely to be certified anew and the development approved, despite having been “killed.”
And in fact, the amended EIR for the “dead” 469 Stevenson Street tower development is now slated to be re-certified in two weeks time, clearing the way for the project’s approval and entitlement.
But as we noted when the EIR was originally certified, neither building nor demolition permits for the project have yet to be requested, permits which are typically paralleled processed for projects which are positioning to break ground and which continue to speak to the actual intentions and planning of the entitling team (Build Inc.). We’ll keep you posted and actually plugged-in.