The approved 8 Washington Street project would raze the existing Golden Gateway Tennis and Swim Club and adjacent Port of San Francisco owned parking lot and construct a 165-unit condo building rising up to 136 feet in height upon the site which was originally zoned for up to 84 feet. The development would also yield new retail, a fitness facility with outdoor pools, and 30,000 square feet of public open space, playgrounds, and parks.
From the “Open up the Waterfront” website which backs a proposed “8 Washington Parks, Public Access and Housing Initiative” to uphold the upzoning for the 8 Washington site, the signature gatherers for which were on the sidewalks of San Francisco this past weekend:
The 8 Washington Parks, Public Access and Housing Initiative is a proposed city measure that, if approved by voters, will open the way for new public parks, increased access to The Embarcadero Waterfront, hundreds of construction jobs, new sustainable residential housing and funding for new affordable housing. And it empowers voters with the decision on how to best utilize our waterfront.
Currently the site at 8 Washington has a 1,735 foot fence — over five football fields long — that blocks public views and public access to the waterfront. Today, the is site is also defined by a 27,000 square foot asphalt parking lot, which draws toxins into our Bay waters and an exclusive private tennis club behind the massive fence.
In the event that this Initiative and any other [related] initiative are approved by the voters at the same election, and this initiative receives a greater number of affirmative votes than any other such measure or measures, this measure shall control in its entirety and the other measure or measures shall be rendered void and without any legal effect.
The Open up the Waterfront initiative is being paid for by “San Franciscans for Parks, Jobs and Housing” with major support from Pacific Waterfront Partners, the developer of the proposed 8 Washington Street Project.
Consider “Liking” this post in order to show your support for the proposed Open up the Waterfront ballot measure which will also register your vote in our informal poll.
And while there’s no “Dislike” button for those who oppose this proposed pro-8 Washington Street measure, there is a countermeasure for you to “Like” instead: No Wall On The Waterfront!