As we first reported last month, the permits to build 63 units over ground floor retail and parking at 401 Grove Street have been held due to a dispute with Planning over the number of approved parking spaces.
While the plans for 401 Grove Street approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission last year “included tables and graphics depicting seven of the residential parking spaces in a tandem configuration, which would result in a total of 39 residential parking spaces,” the written application “indicated that the project was proposing parking in an amount which is principally permitted by the Planning Code…a maximum of 32 residential parking spaces for the project, at a ratio of one space for each two dwelling units.”
The developer’s request to amend the project’s approval to include the seven additional spaces is back in front of the Planning Commission this week with the Planning Department recommending the request be denied. The basis for Planning’s recommendation:
1. The requested amendment would contradict the vision of the General Plan, and specifically the Market and Octavia Area Plan to focus new housing in walkable, transit‐served locations in a manner that discourages private automobile use as a primary mode of travel.
2. The movement of additional vehicles around the project site resulting from the added parking may degrade the experience of pedestrians and bicyclists.
3. The requested amendment is not necessary or desirable for, or compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.
As of an hour ago there were 67 cars parked in the long-standing lot at 401 Grove Street which would be demolished in order for the proposed new building to rise.
∙ Permits For 401 Grove On Hold Over Parking Dispute With Planning [SocketSite]
∙ 401 Grove: Three More Weeks To Get Its Planning Groove On [SocketSite]
∙ 401 Grove Street: The Revised Designs And Density [SocketSite]
∙ Market-Octavia Plan And Requisite Rezoning Approved By The Board [SocketSite]