By Rupert Clayton, HANC Board Member
As major developments that will affect Haight Ashbury residents continue to roll through the planning process, HANC and other neighborhood groups are working to ensure they meet residents’ needs.
On Jan 26, the Planning Commission agreed to postpone its hearing on the proposed 66-apartment project at 650 Divisadero, under pressure from neighbors and local groups. You may remember that this site on the southeast corner of Divis and Grove was originally planned for 16 units but grew to 66 after Supervisor Breed pushed through upzoning of the Divisadero and Fillmore corridors in 2015.
Despite this huge increase in size, the proposal will only provide 9 affordable units (13.5%). After residents and neighborhood groups in the Affordable Divisadero coalition worked together to create the Divisadero Community Plan, Supervisor Breed agreed to increase the required percentage of affordable units along these streets. That legislation has sat on the supervisor’s desk for six months; neighbors are asking that approval of the development is postponed until the Board votes on the revised plan.