Development Watch: 650 Divisadero and One Oak Street

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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.

 

One Oak Street

Earlier in January, the Planning Commission reviewed the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for One Oak Street, a 420-foot tower with 320 market-rate condo units proposed for the northwest corner of Market and Van Ness. Although outside our district, the development clearly poses several issues relevant to Haight Ashbury residents, as it sits at the city’s primary intersection.

HANC wrote to challenge the adequacy of the DEIR on several grounds, primarily the effect of wind on cyclists and pedestrians, especially seniors and people with disabilities. The report’s authors claimed that it was acceptable to create a wind hazard in the crosswalk across Market Street even though San Francisco code is clear that “no exception shall be granted” in such a case.

One final note: The Planning Department has postponed the EIR scoping meeting for the proposed Kirkham Heights Project (as reported in January) and we’re now expecting this at the end of February.

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