September 3, 2013
Four Seasons Homeowners File Suit To Block Approved Tower
While residents of the Four Seasons Residences continue to move forward with a ballot measure designed to block the approved development of Millennium Partners' 510-foot tall condo tower and Mexican Museum to rise at 706 Mission Street, a development which would block their million dollar views, they've now filed a lawsuit challenging the development as well.
Filed in Sacramento Superior Court, the suit alleges San Francisco’s Planning Department failed to include all the information "necessary for informed decision-making and informed public participation," failed to fully evaluate the "effectiveness of mitigation measures to reduce the Project’s significant environmental impacts," and that San Francisco’s Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors failed to fully comply with the California Environmental Quality Act when approving the project.
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∙ Four Seasons homeowners sue to block nearby Mexican Museum tower [Business Times]
First Published: September 3, 2013 3:00 PM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Okay, so a select few can now prevent any development that obstructs their precious views. Too funny for words.
Posted by: Mark at September 3, 2013 5:31 PM
subtract 215 from the "pipeline"
Posted by: sparky*b at September 3, 2013 6:11 PM
Build it. They can sell their place and move to the new place with a view.
Posted by: taco taco at September 3, 2013 6:43 PM
Sign me up to fight that ballot measure. If ever there was an example of why land use planning at the ballot box is a bad idea, it's this one.
Posted by: Mike at September 4, 2013 8:45 AM
Solution: level the city entirely; build one super tall residential building (500 floors) and then rebuild the rest of the buildings only one story tall... (sigh) I have solutions for everything.
Posted by: BayGuy at September 4, 2013 9:04 AM
I sure hope this lawsuit is tossed and the plaintiffs are humiliated. If there has ever been a bigger b.s. lawsuit than this, someone should point it out. The counter arguments are too plenty to name here. As you would expect Matthew Schoenberg (lead plaintiff), according to public records, is a late-comer having moved into the Four Seasons in 2011. Let's all hope he isn't the same guy (the biz journal profiled him 10 years ago) who made is fortune with a chain of BURGER KINGS! Both peddling fast food to the masses and polluting the suburban landscape with mediocre architecture and neon. And now he is worried about shadows?
Posted by: Grubber2 at September 4, 2013 10:28 AM
They will be laughed at.
Posted by: Mike at September 4, 2013 2:15 PM
I understand that the four seasons residents don't want construction nearby, but I don't understand the other complaints. This new building is to the east, so it shouldn't create any noticeable shade issues. Also, what views are going to be obstructed? Maybe part of MOMA and views of other buildings!? Anyone care to enlighten me?
Posted by: Austen at September 4, 2013 9:40 PM
Sweet irony. I do believe that Millennium was also the developer of the Four Seasons building. Good thing they didn't guarantee the views... Although I'm sure they were part of the marketing schtick.
Posted by: Schaetzer at September 4, 2013 9:47 PM