With the successful sale of The Port of San Francisco’s Seawall Lot 351 hanging in the balance, the city is now trying to play peacemaker between Pacific Waterfront Partners’ and the neighborhood groups opposing the development of 8 Washington.
The city [recommended] varied height limits on the condo buildings at 8 Washington, starting at 45 feet at the Embarcadero and growing to the 84 feet the property is zoned for. It [suggested] the buildings be sculpted to preserve views of Coit Tower, including a maximum height of 35 feet for the redesigned athletic club.
The developer’s plan calls for two 84-foot buildings with a total of 170 luxury condominiums, restaurants and shops on the ground floor, an underground parking garage and a 28,000-square-foot public park.
The athletic club, which was built in the 1960s when the Embarcadero Freeway loomed above it, would essentially be cut in half. However, its outdoor pools would be replaced by larger ones on the roof of a newly designed club. The change will allow pedestrian access to the waterfront from Jackson Street, which now ends at the club’s 12-foot-high green cyclone fence.
According to the Chronicle, Pacific Waterfront Partners deemed the city’s proposed changes impractical while the chair of one of the opposing neighborhood groups simply said, “I thought [the city’s plan] stunk.” Who would have thought the city could have found common ground so soon?
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