San Francisco proposal would convert parking garage into affordable housing, hotel

 : smartcitiesdive – excerpt
Dive Brief:
  • San Francisco has proposed a plan to redevelop the Moscone Convention Center’s 732-space garage into a multiuse complex with at least 100 affordable housing units and at least 650 hotel rooms, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • The garage, which is owned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, reportedly is 53% occupied during peak hours and generates $2.3 million each year for the city.
  • Leaders with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are scheduled to vote today on whether to move forward with the plan and issue a request for proposals for developers to build the multiuse facility… (more)
Does this mean the SFMTA that never produces a project on time or within budget will take on another construction project while they are stuck in the tunnels and having problems with the contracts they are already working on?
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SFMTA to solicit hotel developer for Moscone Center Garage

By  : sfexminer – excerpt
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency voted to begin accepting proposals to replace the Moscone Center Garage with a hotel and affordable housing…
In July 2017, the Parking Authority transferred ownership of the Moscone Center Garage to the SFMTA, and the hotel development terms will see the transit agency retain jurisdiction of the site. The lease terms are for 65 years, with the option of a 34-year lease extension…(more)
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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?