Last night the San Francisco Planning Commission voted 6-1 to disapprove the application to raze the First Saint John’s Methodist Church at 1601 Larkin and redevelop as proposed.
The sole dissenting vote was cast by Commissioner Michael Antonini who apparently prefaced his vote with a remark about the proposed project needing to be redesigned.
The project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was deemed to be “inadequate in its consideration of project alternatives, among other things” and the project’s requested Conditional Use Authorization for height and other variances were denied.
And yes, plugged-in people should have seen this coming.
UPDATE: Another perspective on the proposed project:
∙ City Loses Landmark Appeal, Church Of The Pagoda Theater Anyone? [SocketSite]
∙ 1601 Larkin: Comments, Responses And Latest Renderings [SocketSite]
∙ 1601 Larkin Reignites An Architects Versus Planning Design Debate [SocketSite]
∙ Planning Disapproves Of Proposed Height For 1601 Larkin Project [SocketSite]