The Environmental Impact Report for the development of 262 condos, two floors of commercial space, and parking for 245 cars on Pine Street between Van Ness and Franklin is slated to be certified in two weeks, a certification would help clear the way for the two 13-story towers to rise.
While San Francisco Heritage “strongly objects to the proposed treatment of historic resources under the proposed project,” with the majority of the potentially historic Pine Street Auto Shop District buildings being razed with “virtually no setback to separate new construction from the historic facades,” as the Planning Department notes, “this [objection] does not raise any specific environmental issues about the adequacy or accuracy of the Draft EIR’s analysis of environmental impacts, but rather states objections to the proposed project.”
The Sierra Club’s objection to the proposed 245 parking spaces for the development is also outside the scope of environmental concerns, but the project’s projected impact on neighborhood traffic and transportation are fair game.
The project will create an estimated demand for 275 parking spaces during the day and 341 parking spaces on a typical weekday evening, up to 39 percent more parking spaces than would be built.
According to the Planning Department, increased utilization of both on and off-street parking outside the proposed development will be sufficient to meet the excess daily demand of the project. Not addressed, however, is the cumulative impact on parking when accounting for other developments in the area (including 1450 Franklin, 1545 Pine, and 1481 Post).
And while the proposed project is within the existing height limits for the block, the Cathedral Hill Neighbors Association will be urging San Francisco’s Planning Commissioners to approve an alternative design for the site, “which blends into the surrounding blocks and allows space for light and air to permeate onto Pine Street,” with only 100 units and 40 parking spaces: