Judson True - Legislative Aid - Supervisor Sandoval
- Supervisor Sandoval is Vice Chair of the Land Use Committee
- Supervisor Sandoval has a few issues related to the Rincon Hill Plan: 1) development impact fees for public benefits both within the plan area and citywide; 2) the use of increased revenues from property and transfer taxes; and 3) inclusionary housing requirements associated with the project.
- The Board of Supervisors will look closely at this plan.
- There will be a committee hearing on this plan as well.
- These are the issues that Supervisor Sandoval plans to address: 1) what additional fees will be added per square foot; 2) the impact this plan will have on the residents; 3) he will try to raise the inclusionary requirements as well as the location, etc.
Dee Dee Workman - San Francisco Beautiful
- Her organization has contributed with comments and ideas for this plan for over two years.
- They are very supportive of the plan.
- The only issue they have is a park near a freeway.
- They recommend adopting the plan without exceptions.
Tamar Cooper - San Francisco Beautiful
- They have various environmental concerns regarding the park near the freeway.
- There are studies that state that there are tremendous amounts of pollution near freeways and there should not be any parks near them.
Robin Chiang - San Francisco Beautiful
- He supports the Rincon Hill Plan.
- He hopes that the Commission will move the exceptions because it will set a significant precedent for the Commission.
Michael Alexander - San Francisco Beautiful
- His organization supports the Rincon Hill plan.
- Granting the exception is not fair to the hundreds of people who have participated to craft this plan.
- He urged the Commission not to accept the exceptions.
- He lives in the area.
- A park should not be located beneath the bridge because that area is not environmentally friendly.
- Sixty eight percent of people are moving into homes, which means they are moving out of their apartments.
- Creating these units will impede people from the purchase of their house.
Alex Wilbur - Theadore Brown and Partners, Inc.
- Many of the units on the Fremont Street project will create an opportunity for purchase.
- A certain amount of fees will go to the San Francisco Unified School District.
- The tax revenue for this project will benefit many organizations.
Alison Pool - Theadore Brown and Partners, Inc.
- She thanked the Commission for grandfathering the 375 Fremont Street project.
- The Fremont Street project will contribute to the City's current housing needs.
Mike Denunzio - D56, Inc.
- He works with the mayor's program to end homelessness.
- He urged the Commission to grandfather the archdiocese project on Fremont Street.
- The archdiocese of San Francisco plays a major role in benefiting communities.
Michael Theriault - San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council
- Many working class people like this project because it will create jobs.
- He hopes the Commission will approve this project.
- He has been a landlord in North Beach for about 20 years.
- Many of his tenants have purchased property because they were tired of renting.
Marsha O'Bannon - Russian Hill Association
- The proposed plan proposes fair treatment for 375 Fremont Street and other pipeline projects.
- The decision that the Commission makes today will play an important role in future projects.
George Williams - SPUR
- They endorse the Rincon Hill Plan.
- It is important to talk about public benefits but it should not kill a project completely.
Dave Connolly - Sailors' Union of the Pacific
- He manages a building on Harrison Street near Rincon Hill.
- He wants to participate in the development of this plan.
- He supports the plan.
- Grandfathering the 375 Fremont Street project is the right thing to do because it will lower the cost of housing. It will also provide housing for many people.
- He works with investing in businesses that are just starting out.
- There is a company that he will be financing and one of the issues to deal with is where this company will be located.
- They have been looking in the Freemont Street and Folsom Street areas because it would benefit them greatly.
- He hopes the Commission will "grandfather" the projects in the pipeline.
Collin Mazza - Theodore Brown and Partners
- He thanked the Commission for "grandfathering" the 375 Fremont Street project.
- 375 Fremont Street has been in process for years now.
- The Fremont Street project will provide real housing to real people.
Gregg Miller - Pillsbury
- He thanked the Commission for grandfathering the projects that have been in the pipeline.
- The Fremont Street project will generate millions of dollars of taxes and will provide financial benefits to the San Francisco Unified School district.
- This is much needed tax revenue and benefits.
Steven Aiello - Greenbelt Alliance
- He volunteers with Green Belt Alliance.
- They endorse the Rincon Hill Plan.
- He was born and raised in San Francisco.
- San Francisco is the heart of the Bay Area.
Robert Herr - Pillsbury
- This plan is a great advance for downtown San Francisco.
- San Francisco needs more housing and the only way to achieve this is to go higher and denser.
- There was already a Rincon Hill plan in place but is outdated.
Kate White - San Francisco Housing Action Coalition
- This is a momentous occasion for San Francisco.
- She congratulated the Planning staff for their hard work for so many years.
- They support projects if they accompany open spaces, affordable housing, community space, retail, etc. This is exactly what this plan entails.
- He works for an organization in the Castro.
- Does not support high towers that are only for rich people.
- He does support slender towers that will provide benefits to the community.
- He hopes that there are a high percentage of low-income units.
- He urged the Commission to approve this plan and "grandfather" 375 Fremont Street.
- This plan will allow a park and a great open space.
- The project sponsor of 375 Fremont Street submitted their permits and plans many years ago. Their project should be decided upon under the old zoning. This project should not be looked at under the same guidelines as this Rincon Hill plan.
- They endorse the plan.
- The only issue they have is regarding the exceptions.
- The Commission should approve this plan and not allow exceptions.
Theodore Brown - Brown Brown, LLC
- He submitted plans for a project many years ago.
- The specifics of his project have changed. The zoning of the Rincon Hill area has changed.
- He hopes that the Commission will "grandfather" the projects that have been in the pipeline.
- It would be good to keep Discretionary language in the text.
Ellen Lou - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
- There are certain points that are critical for this plan. It is very important to specifically locate tall buildings. Towers should be slender. Views should be ensured. If there is not enough space between the towers it would create a wall like use. Being pedestrian friendly is an important issue as well.
Susan Vaughan - Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee
- The committee endorses the Rincon Hill Plan but also encourages in addition an on demand pedestrian crossing at the pedestrian alley and First Street.
- They would also like to review the pedestrian and traffic proposals for Harrison Street since it had not been finished at the time.
- Eliminating all parking for privately owned automobiles would be a good idea.
- The area is an extremely rich transit area.
Fernando Marti - Asian Neighborhood Design
- The purpose of the plan is to increase housing in San Francisco.
- Yet the EIR states that the project would do little to alleviate the housing needs of the City.
Peter Cohen - Urban Solutions
- This plan is an economic opportunity for community building.
- The Commission needs to look at this enormous packet.
- There is a lot of information on the fee program.
- The Commission should look at the Mello-Roos that could be imposed on future property owners as well as impact fees being charged on current property developments.
Reed Bement - Rincon Hill Residents Association
- He commends the long range planning staff.
- Eliminate the special treatment on Fremont Street because they are not consistent with the rest of the Rincon Hill projects.
Tom Radulovich - Transportation for a Livable City
- There is too much parking in this plan.
- This neighborhood could be made an ecological place for people to live.
- This area has the best public transportation.
- Many people do not own a car.
- Is this housing for San Franciscans?
- It would be a big mistake to approve the pipeline projects on Fremont Street.
John O. Ebenesian
- He owns property in the area.
- He has been working in the area also and is concerned with the traffic.
- The noise level for his business is very difficult.
- He supports this plan but he does not see any consideration of what would happen to small businesses during the process of this plan.
- He commends staff for their hard work.
Sarah Silva - SF Archdiocese
- Many parishioners are worried about housing and income levels.
- She hopes that the pipeline project on Fremont Street will be included in this plan.
- They afford housing at all income levels.
George Wesoleh - SF Archdiocese
- He hopes that the Commission will include the Fremont Street project into this plan. It is a matter of fairness.
- They have spent a lot of money on this.
- He believes that this project really fits with the plan.
Charles Kullman - Old St. Mary's Church
- They are very concerned about community.
- Although they are in favor of the plan, the increase of inclusionary housing is very important.
- Affordable housing is really needed.
- He hopes the Commission will include the pipeline projects on Fremont Street.
Bill Applegate - Catholics for the Common Good
- This is a very good plan.
- He hopes that the Fremont Street project will be included into the project because it is a win, win proposition.
- The project will enhance livability.
Rev. John A. Balleza - St. Patrick's Church
- They have a vested interest in the inclusion to the Fremont Street project because it will ensure more housing for their families.
Eleanor F. Killebrew - Brownbrew
- She hopes that the Commission will include the projects on Fremont Street.
- Plans were submitted three expensive years ago for these projects.
- Each delay causes more money to be lost.
- He commended staff for putting on a great project.
- The projects on Fremont Street were submitted about three years ago.
- Staff has recommended that the projects need to conform to the new specific plan and many people want to see this.
- The Commission should approve to include these projects.
- He agrees with including the Fremont Street projects with the Rincon Hill plan.
- These projects filed their permits a few years ago.
- It is unfair to ask the project sponsor to revise their plans even thought they have abided by all the guidelines.
Duane Carlson - Avalon Bay
- The Fremont Street project should be included into the Rincon Hill Plan because it will allow for more housing.
- The projects will be more comfortable because of the tower separation.
Jim Salinas, Sr. - Carpenter's Union - Local 22
- He urged the Commission to support allowing the two projects on Fremont Street to be included in the Rincon Hill Plan.
- The jobs provided and the housing are beneficial to the City.
- It is important to support responsible developers that use union workers.
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- Many people have felt disenfranchised because the Rincon Hill Plan has been separate from the other community plans.
- Rincon Hill is not a new neighborhood.
- Even though there has been a lot of work done on the plan, there have been surrounding neighborhoods that have been ignored.
- The plan should respect the look and feel of the Lansing Neighborhood.
- He works in a company that provides affordable housing.
- The Rincon Hill Plan does not deal with the needs of the City of San Francisco much less the residents of the South of Market.
- This plan should not move forward until there has been more dialogue.
- There is still a lot to look at in this plan.
- Not one job on this plan should be non-union.
- The working class community will come here to work for union jobs and affordability.
Chis Durazo - SOMECAN
- She agrees with union jobs.
- The residents of the South of Market feel ignored.
- Access is what the residents want but it seems that the Rincon Hill Plan will be for exclusive people only.
- There are very few parks in the area.
April Veneracion - SOMECAN
- She does not want to dismiss all the work that staff has done on this plan.
- The discussion here is about equity.
- The plan does not meet the needs of all the residents of San Francisco.
- She is encouraged on the movement of community benefits but she would like to see it first.
- The most precious resource of the City is land.
- If 85% of the housing is high-end, the rest of the residents are being ignored.
- South of Market is a place where there should be inclusionary housing.
- There is not a very good transit plan included. The area is not very transit rich.
- She agrees with including the Fremont Street projects in this plan.
- There are many people who are willing and available to start working.
- The projects on Fremont Street did not "drop out of the sky."
- The planning policies of the last 25 years should be respected.
- These projects should be included in the Rincon Hill Plan.
Angelica Cobande - SOMECAN
- She hopes that the Commission will not forget all the families and residents of South of Market that were here to speak bout affordable housing.
- These residents have been here for many years.
ACTON: Hearing held. Public hearing closed. Item continued to April 28, 2005.
AYES: Alexander, Antonini, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee, Olague
ABSENT: Bradford Bell