As we first reported yesterday, San Francisco’s Planning Department is recommending that the Planning Commission approve the redevelopment of the New Mission Theater and the construction of 114 condos at 2558 Mission Street next door. That being said, conditions of the Department’s recommendation include a reduction in the number of off-street parking spots, down from a proposed 89.
From the Planning Department:
The Project Sponsor proposes a quantity of parking beyond the principally permitted amount through Conditional Use Authorization [Editor’s Note: the principally permitted amount is 57 (.5 per unit)], pursuant to Section 151.1. The [environmental report] prepared for the project does not identify transportation or circulation impacts that rise to the level of a significant impact under CEQA. However, the ready availability of excessive parking for the project may serve as a disincentive for residents to travel by means other than the private automobile. The resulting movement of additional vehicles around the Project Site and in the vicinity may degrade the experience of pedestrians and bicyclists.
Excessive parking to this degree also conflicts with multiple policies in the General Plan, and specifically the Mission Area Plan, to contribute to a built environment that encourages a variety of transportation options and discourages private automobile use as a primary mode of travel in walkable, transit-rich neighborhoods.
Therefore, this Conditional Use Authorization is subject to a condition of approval limiting the amount of parking permitted for the project. The residential parking is limited to an amount smaller than permitted by Conditional Use Authorization by Section 151.1 for the Mission Street NCT District, not to exceed 77 spaces (equal to .67 cars for each dwelling unit). Therefore, the condition of approval limits the number of residential parking spaces to 77.
The question of the day: If you own a car, are you more likely to take walk, bike or take public transportation if your car is parked in a garage (where it’s easy to come and go) or on the street (where it can’t stay parked for a prolonged period of time)?
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