At this time, members of the public who wish to address the Commission on agenda items that have already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the public hearing has been closed, must do so at this time. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.
Re: Items 10, 11, 12a, b and c
Henry Kleinhenz - Baycrest Homeowners Association
- He and his neighbors have issues on height, density, shadow and diversity.
- The height is just too large, the towers are too close to one another, and there are just too many units in such a small place.
Andrew Brooks - Baycrest Homeowners Association
- He presented some photo simulations of Folsom and Beale Street.
Jim Chappell - SPUR
- These projects will provide some 1,500 housing units.
- It will provide desperately needed tax revenue fees.
- This project should be approved today.
Reed Bement - Rincon Hill Residents Association
- He lives on Rincon Hill.
- There are a number of new issues for this project.
- A new publication has been issued regarding the Tranbay Redevelopment Project. This document contains extraordinary work and he hopes the Commission will not approve this project until this document has been analyzed.
Howard Meadow - Rincon Hill Tenants Association
- He lives on Beale Street.
- There is a document for Rincon Hill Plan that states that topography should be respected.
- He feels that the Planning Commission's rules were broken. He would like the Commission to not make these mistakes again by approving this project.
Douglas Arthur - Baycrest Homeowners Association
- He lives about one block away from the proposed development.
- The EIR is incomplete and misleading as well as erroneous.
- He suggests that the EIR be updated to include the traffic problems and situations.
Rajiv Bhatia, MD, MPH - Department of Public Health
- He submitted a document, which states that because of the size of this project on an emerging residential neighborhood, a more integrated and holistic approach to the commission's issues, shared by public health and urban planning, need to be analyzed.
- Issues that include: ecological degradation, adequate housing, and urban sprawl. The review examines the project from a public health perspective focusing on three broad concerns: environmental justice and equity, needed residential amenities and infrastructure; and limiting harmful auto emissions and encouraging alternative means of transport.
- He is in favor of the project.
- There are still some things that need to be fixed.
- The towers are too close and they could be built farther apart.
- She is in favor of developing these lots.
- Any Inclusionary housing should be considered on site.
- These developments were conceived during the dotcom explosion.
John Henry Kouba
- It is important that the Commission considers this project as part of a comprehensive plan and that is where the Rincon Hill Development Plan falls short.
- This is the worst proposal on today's agenda.
- Two buildings contain office space that is not needed in the City.
- This is a waste of money.
Rev. Arnold Townsend
- This housing is extremely important and extremely needed.
- This project will create thousands of jobs.
- People should be able to afford their own childcare and be able to pay for housing and stay in the city.
- He supports the project.
- He is a member of Young Community Developer.
- This project will strongly help many communities.
- She lives on Townsend Street.
- These projects will have a negative impact on the neighborhood.
- These two developments do not complement the Rincon Hill Plan.
- He lives in the Bay View Hunters Point area.
- He supports this project.
Kevin Ratcliff - Iron Workers Union 377
- He has seen the need for more housing and is here to support this project.
- There is a need for union trades people such as himself in the building industry.
- There are many residents who were born and raised in San Francisco and cannot afford to purchase anything.
Paul McMannus - Iron Workers Union 377
- There will be many jobs created with this project.
- He may not be able to afford these units in particular but hopes to afford housing at some point.
(name unclear) - Iron Workers Union 377
- He supports this project.
- She supports these projects because it will help her become a homeowner.
- There are many people who have to leave the City because they cannot afford to live here.
- She lives in the Community.
- She is really happy to own property in the area.
- She is in support of this project.
Jim Salinas - Carpenters Union/San Francisco Building Trades Council
- He is here in support of this project.
- This project will create opportunities for many construction workers.
- He asked people in the audience to stand up in support of the project. (about 25 people stood up).
- He is in support of the project.
- This project will increase the supply of housing.
- It will also provide construction jobs.
- She is opposed to this project.
- She is concerned about the violation to the City's waterfront.
- There are a lot of issues in the EIR that many people have pointed out to the Commission in previous meetings.
- She has issues with the project She is opposed to the way this project has been brought about as well as with the height of the project. She believes this project is just too large.
- The process of rezoning in the Rincon Hill has been going on for five years.
- This project was on the same track as Tranbay and Tranbay is moving.
- She displayed a view of the City from the Bay Bridge explaining how the new high-rises will block the skyline of the City.
- He supports this project.
- There are many high-rise building that have marvelous views of the City.