Rick Kaufman - City Core Development
- 333 Fremont Street is a project he is working on.
- The projects that have been applied for already should not be "held hostage" as the City finds a way to act.
- The housing crisis is clear. He requests that the Commission do what is best to move these projects along swiftly.
- It is important to have communication between the Commission, the Department and the Public.
- He has never seen a model of how increasing the cost of building homes is going to provide affordable housing.
- She commended staff on their vision of the neighborhood on a micro level.
- Action needs to be taken today and guidance provided to staff in order to apply the policies that the Commission wants to establish.
- There should be a more realistic housing plan.
- There is a suggestion that the view protection plan will assure the creation of a 40 to 60 foot height towers.
- Housing optimization plan is more important than this view protection plan.
Rev. Arnold Townsend
- In this plan any off site affordable housing that is created in Rincon can only be used in Rincon.
- It is difficult to find inexpensive land in the Rincon Hill area.
- It is important to do off site housing.
- If housing is built in Rincon, all of San Francisco should benefit.
- He urges the Commission to direct staff to rethink this issue.
- Every onramp to Freeways start in SOMA.
- He urges the Commission to reconsider all current development applications in the Rincon area.
- It is important to very carefully examine the schemes.
James Haas - Transbay CAC
- He has been involved in the Rincon community for many years.
- The whole motivation started on what to do with the old bus station.
- The issues of financing and what the terminal will look like are still things to look at.
- There is still a lot of Planning to do and the public or the Commission should not rush into things.
- The staff has done incredible urban planning design work.
- He is in favor of putting the urban design goal and balancing that with the housing design goals.
- This area is an incredible place to put housing.
- It is irresponsible to put forward exactions without really analyzing and studying the fees.
- It is important to be extremely cautions.
David White - SPUR
- He was hired to do a neighborhood needs assessment.
- There are still a lot of issues that need to be studied before this plan can be put forward.
- He will be working with various companies to prepare this assessment.
Steve Wilson, attorney - representing Archdiocese of San Francisco
- He is working on a project at 99 Fremont Street.
- They have taken a quantum leap on this plan but there is still much more that is needed.
- He asks that the Commission give staff more direction.
- The housing is the most important aspect and what the City really needs.
- The plan collides with government code 53313.
Ron Carlson - RC & Associates
- The area is not appropriate for such tall projects.
- He is a native San Franciscan and there are a lot of differences between Vancouver and San Francisco.
- He displayed a document: "Existing Height and Bulk Districts" explaining how he did not understand why this document was not provided to the Commissioners.
- He urged staff to do a plan that would optimize more housing in the area.
Clark Manus, Architect
- He commended staff on a very well put together document but with serious flaws.
- The presentation actually did not provide him with the information that is in the document.
- He lives in the real world so there are issues that still needs to be dealt with.
- Mixed Use is what the public wants to see here.
- One of the things that the department has failed to do is [consider] the dynamics regarding high rise residential buildings.
- He does not dispute the department's desire to promote tower separations.
- Section 270 and 271 cannot be applied.
- The area is not a neighborhood, but is part of the downtown business area.
- What kind of people want to live in residential towers in the downtown area?
- This is the densest plan in the City.
- This is all a bad idea.
- This project should not be passed.
- He is opposed to the 200-foot height limit.
- He is having trouble with obtaining the information from the department. He is getting information from the newspapers.
- There are plenty of other areas to build these type of things.
- She has been trying to get people qualified to purchase units from
a 20-unit building 20 units in the Bay View.
- People are excited to purchase units in their own neighborhood.
- If developers continue to have the option of off-site, affordable housing will be built in various neighborhoods.
- She urges the Commission to direct staff to continue to build off site housing.
- She reminded the Commission that there are two presentations from staff.
- The spacing between the towers should be large.
- The Commission needs to direct staff that the public needs independent full urban design information.
- The public would go to the Board of Supervisors with the Commission to request money to be able to have these studies done.
- He presented a study from the City of San Jose regarding economic development.
- It would be misleading that the Redevelopment Agency and Planning are closely working together.
- There are a number of issues here that still need to be dealt with.
- The principal need in San Francisco is for affordable housing.
- It is important to house the projected work force.
- The economic and social realty needs to be analyzed.
- Staff has been silent on the issue of affordability.
- The need is for affordable housing and not just housing.
- There is some great discussion that the staff recommendation for this area is a public benefit fee.
- A fee is absolutely critical.
- He has been working on a project on Fremont Street for two years.
- Everything required for this project has been filed. Now with this plan, everything has been changed on him.
- Everything needs to be analyzed together and there is no financial analysis or model and this is essential.
- The cost of concrete construction is now cheaper than that of frame construction. The cost of plywood has doubled.
- A lot more data is needed as well as a comprehensive plan.
- He commended staff on a very good plan.
- All the comments heard here today should be incorporated into the report.
- At the Bank of America site there are two towers being proposed.
- In order to do this, the building will have to be demolished. One thing that surprised him is that there is mention of preserving the tower. There cannot be a planned unit development if the tower is intended to be preserved.
- He urges the support of the 80-foot tower separation and the 250-foot height limit.
- He strongly opposes the staff's preferred option.
- Rincon is not Transbay and it is especially not Vancouver.
- He urges the Commission to support reality.
- The Commission has already approved two projects that are not in conformance with the plan being presented.
- She asks that the Commission reconsider the decision on the Folsom and Spear Street project.
- It is important to do an environmental review for this area.
ACTION: Hearing Held. Informational Presentation Only. No Action Required by the Commission.