Home Depot scraps plans for store in Bayview

By J.K. Dineen : sfgate – excerpt

The third time wasn’t a charm in Home Depot‘s long struggle to open a store in San Francisco.

The big box home improvement chain has suspended its two-year effort to build a 120,000-square-foot store and garden center at 2000 Marin Street in the Bayview district, according to Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the neighborhood.

Home Depot said it had “put the project on hold in order to review significant increases in our construction cost estimates.”…

“I am glad that we were able to beat this back – it was an ill-conceived plan from the beginning,” she said. “The store as proposed was too large and had too much parking. This is an urban area. We have bike safety issues and pedestrian safety issues.”… 

Planning Department spokeswoman Gina Simi said that Home Depot has yet to withdraw its application. “The transportation and environmental cases are still open,” she said…  (more)

This looks like a big win for their competitors and the property owners.

How can you have too much parking at a home improvement store? How many bikes and pedestrians are going to be walking around freeway on and off ramps, or hauling pipes and lumber?