S.F. just rejected another plan to turn an empty parking lot into apartments
No calls to the District Supervisor's office. "This should not be the guiding force of city planning." That state scrutiny was at least, in part, prompted by the Board of Supervisors' decision to reject about 500 apartments at 469 Stevenson St., a...
Shameful. If the proposed building meets the zoning requirements it should be essentially a rubber stamp. It’s unreasonable that housing developments can be canceled or stalled like this.
Any vote decided by 1, with 2 members absent, is ridiculous. Sad this is happening.
The outcome is terrible but the process is even worse. It makes my blood boil. Need to dismantle the Board of Supes root and branch… somehow.
It's clear that these people are opposed to all new housing. If they were truly concerned about the units being too small or big or whatever, then why didn't they reach out when they had ample opportunity to do so, instead of waiting to kill the project at the last moment?
But nonetheless, on Thursday, a short-handed Planning Commission rejected the project at 1010 Mission St. after an 11th-hour blitz from a half dozen South of Market nonprofit workers, who argued that the mostly market-rate housing — eight of the 57 condos would be below market rate — would be unaffordable and too small to accommodate local families.
“As developers seek to maximize profit and the market-driven cost of development continues to rise, developers are proposing and building smaller and smaller units to increase their returns,” said David Woo of the SoMa Pilipinas Filipino Cultural District. “This should not be the guiding force of city planning.”
Zipcode 94103 where this development would be located has 15,918 households, of which 7,997 are 1-person households, a little over 50%. Only 1,944 households (12%) in this zipcode have children.
Who are these families these apartments would be too small to accommodate?
““We do not need any more tiny, expensive units,” said P.J. Eugenio, who works at the South of Market Community Action Network, which has sued to stop multiple market rate housing projects in the neighborhood.”
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Am I reading this correctly? The SF Soda Tax is financing this non profit? If they wanted me to stop drinking soda, this is how to do it. I find this "community group" as repulsive as handing out free needles while pretending we're "saving someone".
"Local families" already have a place to live. That's why they're local. Nobody is going to lose their existing housing because of this. This would have helped relieve the pressure they already have by expanding the range of housing options. Instead you have people who might have been more interested in this competing with them.
And who cares if it brought in new people? That would just mean that there is increased demand for goods and services in the area. So either new businesses open or existing businesses increase their hours to accommodate it. Everyone benefits.
If we keep building homes we’re going to run out of empty lots!!!
Then where will we be? Who’s going to want to live in, or visit, a city with no empty lots?!
And so the wealthy tech/finance bros that would've rented a place here will instead rent an apartment in an existing building, thus displacing the working class tenants that these organizations are supposedly trying to protect...
ugh ... and how many family sized 2-3 bedrooms are carved up by recent college grads who would rather live without roommates but cannot find an affordable units?
More housing always helps!
The city's next housing element requires us to zone for 82,069 new units over the next 7 years.
To put another way, a building that's the same size/units that just got denied for bullshit reasons, will need to be going up literally every other day for 7 years straight to hit our goals.
At the rate we're going, I hope the state knocks the city upside the head.
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