A significant finding (less than) for the proposed tower climb
While a detailed analysis of the tower proposed to rise up to 200 feet in height on the site of Old San Francisco Fire Station 13, as newly rendered by SOM below, at the southeast corner of the Sansome and Washington streets, determined that the development would cast a new net shadow on Maritime Plaza, Sue Bierman Park and the nearby Transamerica Redwood Park, the new shadow cast over Sue Bierman and Transamerica Redwood parks “would likely not be noticeable” .
And while the projected shadow of the tower would reach Maritime Plaza for a few hours a day for up to 232 days a year, and “could be noticeable to park users who are particularly sensitive to the availability of sunlight,” “It has been observed that the majority of [Maritime Plaza] users engage in transient activities less sensitive to the availability of sunlight. “
And as such, Planning determined that the new net shadow of the tower “would not substantially affect the use and enjoyment of the tower. [Maritime Plaza]And that the project would have a “less than significant impact” on any of the surrounding open spaces under the jurisdiction of the Department of Recreation and Parks, impacts that are governed by the San Francisco Sunlight Ordinance (aka Prop K).
With that in mind, the project has just received a Negative Mitigated Preliminary Statement (PMND), a finding that establishes that the project “would not have a significant effect on the environment as proposed”, which is a good thing if you ‘re the developer.
And while the project is approved, funded, and outlasts all of the neighborhood challenges, the tentative timeline for development now calls for innovation at the end of this year.
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