Neighbors to Developer: Too Tall, Too Little Parking

By : missionlocal – excerpt

A housing development planned for Cesar Chavez Street received a mostly unwelcome reception at a meeting on Tuesday night, when a handful of neighbors told project sponsors that the 6-story building would cast too much of a shadow and make parking too difficult.

The project would replace a single-story office building at 3620 Cesar Chavez St. near Guerrero Street with 24 units of market-rate housing.

“Did you guys do a shadow study?” asked one neighbor named Ari, who was worried that the 65-foot building would rob his backyard of sunlight. He was one of 13 neighbors to attend the meeting and lives 61 feet from the project on 26th Street.

“No,” answered David Sternberg, the lead architect for the project, saying the city didn’t require such a study. Sternberg said the building went to the height limit for the lot, and that with any new construction, there would be consequences to surrounding neighbors.

The building would have 24 units above a small ground-floor retail space. Four of the units are one-bedrooms and 20 are two-bedrooms sized at around 1,000 square feet. The architects said they did not yet know whether the units would be rentals or condos and suggested that the developers were more likely to pay an fee for affordable housing than build affordable housing on-site… (more)

Can the anti-SFMTA forces untie with affordable housing groups to stop more luxury housing that lack both parking and affordable units? If they can, they might be a mighty force against the current general plan that trumps all other local neighborhood plans according to Ms. Sarah B. Jones. She pretty much made that statement at a recent hearing on the Corovan project.

Folks who don’t follow both issues, parking and dense development, are missing the connection between the two that are being forged as a single department ASAP by City Hall.

We are looking at the future of Land Use and Transporation Department that will have all the money and the political might to push us out of any future negotiations unless we support the ballot initiatives that are designed to put that power back  in the hands of neighborhood elected officials with more connection to the masses than the centralized power structure in the Mayor’s office.

The most important issues are Prop L, to decentralize the power on the MTA Board, and Props D, H, M, and X. More on that to come. Stay tuned.

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