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201 Folsom Entitlement Hearing – 1,022 Off-Street Parking Spaces?!?

The Planning Department failed to notify me of this rescheduled hearing for 201 Folsom despite my past phone calls and letters, but that is par for the course. It is rescheduled on the agenda for Thursday, September 3rd, at 1:30 pm in the Commission Chambers – Room 416 at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

Here’s how the item appears on the agenda ….

9. 2008.1354C (c. teague: (415) 575-9081)

201 folsom street (aka 314 main street) -south side between Main and Beale Street, Lot 003 (previously Lot 001) in Assessor’s Block 3746 – Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Section 303(e) to modify the performance period condition of Motion No. 16647 for Case No. 2000.1073C to extend the approval period another 3 years from the date of expiration of the original approval of a mixed use project consisting of two residential towers of heights of 350 and 400 feet above an 80-foot podium, with up to 725 dwelling units, 750 off-street parking spaces, 38,000 square feet of commercial space, and 272 replacement off-street parking spaces for the adjacent USPS facility, in a RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Combined, High Density District) and a 400-W Height and Bulk District, and within the Folsom and Main Residential/Commercial Special Use District. No changes are proposed for the existing project as originally approved.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of August 13, 2009)

As you may have read here, I learned at a recent SOMA Leadership Council meeting from the US Postal Service’s San Francisco Corporate Communications man James Wigdel that the letter carriers (all of those mail trucks) are moving from the Embarcadero Postal Center over to a facility currently being constructed at 550 Townsend. With full knowledge of the letter carriers moving, it strikes me as completely inappropriate to allow for the “272 replacement off-street parking spaces” to continue to be a part of the 201 Folsom entitlement.

Also, there is a special (read: political shenanigan) zoning for this half of the block – an area called the Folsom and Main Residential/Commercial Special Use District. Why should you care? Well, think about the lack of infrastructure … such as a passable sidewalk on either side of Harrison Street between Fremont and Main for wheelchairs or other mobility enabling devices for people who cannot walk. Infrastructure in Rincon Hill is 100% dependent upon fees from buildings within the Rincon Hill Plan …. while 201 Folsom falls within the 14-block general area of the Rincon Hill Plan Area, it is not subject to the same fees as every other lot because it has its own “special” zoning. I say bollocks …. annex 201 Folsom into the Rincon Hill Plan Area as it should have been in 2005.

If you give a darn (and you should if you are an owner of property in Rincon Hill), show up Thursday at 1:30pm for the Planning Commission meeting and ask the Commissioners to make the following changes to the entitlement for 201 Folsom:
– Eliminate the extra 272 parking spaces supposedly for replacement spots outright
– Cut the 750 parking spaces for the 725 dwelling unit building in half to comply with Rincon Hill Plan’s 1 for 2 parking per unit; they can ask for an exception separately later on
– Annex 201 Folsom into the Rincon Hill Planning Area zone and require the same equitable contributions of fees and community-driven design standards as every other lot surrounding it.

Pass the word along …

One Response to 201 Folsom Entitlement Hearing – 1,022 Off-Street Parking Spaces?!?

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