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Old June 26th, 2013, 04:47 AM   #1
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SAN FRANCISCO | 75 Howard | 106m | 348ft | 31 fl | Pro

Mixed-Use Highrise Tower Looks to Build Near Waterfront



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Paramount Group is seeking permission to build a 31-story highrise mixed-use tower in San Francisco's Rincon Hill Area, on the site of a current parking structure. The tower, with waterfront views, would consist of 82 hotel rooms and 109 residential units. A new website has been launched with some shiny new renderings but that isn't swaying Rincon Neighbors, who call the project "undistinguished," and claim that, at 350 feet, it would "tower over nearby buildings." This one is still a long way from being finalized, however, with the Draft Environmental Impact Report due this summer.


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Impact Of Proposed 31-Story Waterfront Tower Up In The Air




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The environmental impact of razing the eight-story parking garage for 540 cars at 75 Howard Street and building a 31-story tower with 186 condos over a ground floor restaurant and parking for 175 cars on the site will be reviewed by San Francisco’s Planning Commission this week.



Currently zoned for building up to 200 feet in height, assuming the Environmental Impact Report for the project is certified, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors will still need to approve a reclassification of the zoning for the tower to rise the full 348-feet as proposed.






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The environmental impact of razing the eight-story parking garage for 540 cars at 75 Howard Street and building a 31-story tower with 186 condos over a ground floor restaurant and parking for 175 cars on the site will be reviewed by San Francisco’s Planning Commission this week.
The razing of such a garage has a positive impact in any way.
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The razing of such a garage has a positive impact in any way.
Agreed, and I wouldn't be surprised if the planning commission grants a height-limit exception here, and approves this tower.

Unfortunately there's a very vocal minority of NIMBYs (many of whom are wealthy and politically connected) who flip their shit whenever a building they feel is too tall is anywhere near parks, plazas, the waterfront, or anywhere in the field of view from their windows...and then they file lawsuits and make ballot measures that use outright lies and scare-tactics to pull other people who know nothing about development onto their side. There's a ballot-measure right now that was funded by such wealthy NIMBYs (who are mad about losing their views) as result of their opposition to a much shorter project than this, that if passed by voters would kill this project as well as some others. The ballot measure was approved via petition, which got the signatures it needed by convincing ignorant people to sign it with complete lies about horrible shadows on a park (which would actually be non-existent), horrible traffic (negligible in reality), a supposed massive "wall" of buildings along the entire waterfront (lol!), the injustice that a new building would not be affordable housing (nevermind that the site is insanely expensive and affordable housing would never be built there), etc. All in the name of protecting the views and property values for a handful of rich people. There's an opposing ballot measure too, which would protect these developments, and is backed by sane/non-ignorant people and the developers...but I honestly have no idea which one will end up winning.

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Old September 11th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #5
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If the "No walls on the Waterfront" (or whatever it's called) initiative passes, it may well stop this too.

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San Francisco's Democratic Party Central Committee has voted 15-4 to endorse the November "No Wall on the Waterfront" ballot measure which is designed to quash the 8 Washington Street development by overturning the partial upzoning of the site to 136 feet in height as was approved and upheld by San Francisco's Board of Supervisors.

As we first noted last year, should the upzoning for the 8 Washington Street development be overturned at the ballot box, the project might still be viable at 84 feet, but don't expect anyone to admit to such prior to the vote.

And should the measure pass, keep an eye out for any unintended, or perhaps intended, consequences with respect to the proposed Warriors Arena upon Pier 30-32.
http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2...front_bal.html

Although it refers to the "northern waterfront", if it affects the Warriors arena which is even further south, it may effect this.
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31-Story Residential Tower Project in SoMa Hopes for Approval



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Tomorrow the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report on a new tower project set for SoMa. The existing eight-level parking garage at Howard and Steuart Streets is set to be demo'd in favor of a 31-story, 348-foot-tall, residential high-rise tower with 186 market-rate condos, 172 parking spaces, and ground floor retail. It'll also include a new 4,780 sq.ft. landscaped public open space. The project also includes a couple of variations, including one for 109 residences and 82 hotel rooms, and one that includes an additional 91 public parking spaces. Predictably some neighbors are already calling the tower design too tall, would cause shadows, and would removed public parking.








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