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Old Posted Sep 17, 2015, 10:21 PM
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^I'm listening to the public comments -- pretty much what you'd expect. However, according to Cory Weinberg at the SF Business Times this already has the votes on the Planning Commission. We'll see in a couple of hours what will happen today. But even if a continuance is granted, it will get approved by the Commission eventually.

Here are some of the benefits this project will bring (from the article linked above):
  • $73.5M in fee money (vs. $34M under current zoning)
  • nonprofit-run arts space
  • 50,000 square feet of public open space
  • 33 percent of the units will be affordable housing
  • preservation of the historic Dempster Printing and Camelline buildings, plus the Chronicle building (non-historic)
  • The city says it will make sure the first infusion of cash Hearst and Forest City will pay will help fund the Tenderloin affordable housing project at Eddy and Taylor streets.*

*This is the referenced project:

Source: David Baker Architects.
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Old Posted Sep 18, 2015, 4:40 AM
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OK, Planning Commission approved 5M tonight. Next up, BOS approval. Not sure when that will be. Glad they didn't give in to the hyperbole and illogical arguments against it.
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OK, Planning Commission approved 5M tonight. Next up, BOS approval. Not sure when that will be. Glad they didn't give in to the hyperbole and illogical arguments against it.
Here's the story from the Chronicle. Judging by today's circus, the BOS hearings will probably be even more contentious. It probably has the votes to pass, but who knows anymore.

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After a raucous nine-hour hearing during which hundreds of members of the public weighed in and deputy sheriffs were called to remove protesters, the San Francisco Planning Commission voted to approve a massive mixed-use development at Fifth and Mission that will transform a four-acre area with everything from towering luxury condos to low-income senior apartments, kid-friendly open space to tech-tailored office space.

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The project is expected to go to the Board of Supervisors in late November or early December for final approvals. If the board passes the project, construction is expected to start in about a year and would continue in phases over 10 years.

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The vote on the certification of the environmental impact report was 7-0. Votes on other aspects of the projects were 5-2, with commissioners Cindy Wu and Katherin Moore voting against.
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Old Posted Nov 10, 2015, 12:48 AM
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More news and a BOS approval date, from Hoodline:

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District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim announced today that Forest City has signed an agreement to make 40 percent of the residential units in its 5M Project affordable, up from the planned 33 percent.

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With this new development agreement, 241 of 601 units will be offered below-market-rate, which is up from the 212 units the developer previously agreed to provide. Affordable units will include 87 onsite for middle-income households; 71 in the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation's Eddy & Taylor Family Apartments (with 25 percent of the units allocated for applicants earning 25 percent area median income (AMI) and 75 percent earning 50 percent of the AMI); as well as land and funding to build 83 units of senior housing at 967 Mission St. for people earning 50 percent of the AMI.

The Chronicle also notes that the development's planned parking will be reduced from 463 to 331 spaces.

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The full Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the project Nov. 17th.
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2015, 3:59 PM
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The Board approved this last night. The story from SFGate:

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The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night approved the sprawling 5M project at Fifth and Mission, a $1 billion development that could become a South of Market game-changer as formative as the creation of Yerba Buena Gardens or Moscone Center.

For several hours, opponents of the project paraded to the lectern to plead with the supervisors to uphold an appeal of the environmental impact report on the development, which they argued would send land prices skyrocketing, prompt landlords to jack up rents, and squeeze out the working-class and elderly Filipino residents who have managed to hang on over the last 15 years amid waves of South of Market gentrification.

But in the end, the supervisors concluded that the project’s benefits — 40 percent low-income and middle class housing, open space, and money for local institutions like the Bessie Carmichael School and the Gene Friend Recreation Center — outweighed any gentrifying effects the development will have on the area.

The votes to affirm the project were 8-3, with Supervisors John Avalos, Eric Mar and David Campos voting against it.

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Kim, who faced criticism from Filipino nonprofit groups in her district that typically support her, ticked off a long list of community benefits from the project, including $800,000 going the establishment of a Filipino Cultural Heritage District, $1.5 million for the Gene Friend Rec Center and $1 million for Victoria Manalo Draves Park.
That last bit is in addition to funding the senior housing, Eddie and Taylor housing and other subsidized housing mentioned before. This seems like a real windfall for the city.
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I was looking for updates on this one, and did find this unfortunate item from Jan 2016, but does anyone know of any further, um, developments?

edit: not much more, but this from Apr 2016 says "The project was sued by local activists in January, likely delaying groundbreaking" and "If it prevails in the lawsuit, Hearst and Forest City are planning phased construction over 10 years on the site"

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Old Posted Sep 7, 2016, 7:12 AM
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^^^ These are some of the reasons (see video link below), and why the South of Market Community Action Network and others will fight against construction of the 5M project to the very end:

https://youtu.be/XcuEEdZRRYA
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SOMCAN will likely sue to delay the project by a small margin of time but it will ultimately happen. It's ridiculous how selfish of a group they are. They're fighting against many improvements to SoMa to protect their own misguided interests.
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I was looking for updates on this one, and did find this unfortunate item from Jan 2016, but does anyone know of any further, um, developments?
The lawsuit was denied this week, but they could still appeal:

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This week the San Francisco Superior Court rejected the claim and blocked the case from moving forward unless an appeal is filed in the next 60 days. Opponents said they haven't decided whether to file an appeal.

Forest City (NYSE: FCE.A), headquartered in Cleveland, now anticipates starting construction start in 2018. It is partnering with Hearst, owner of the San Francisco Chronicle building on the project site.
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^^^ These are some of the reasons (see video link below), and why the South of Market Community Action Network and others will fight against construction of the 5M project to the very end:

https://youtu.be/XcuEEdZRRYA
That was a nice piece of propaganda.
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Sorry--already posted news that the suit was rejected. The headline here made me think the appeals court had also turned down the suit but no.

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Soil testing being done over the last few days 5th and Natoma this week.
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These are far too short. It'd just continue the table top effect. Something akin to the Hudson Yards project in NYC would be much better.
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thanks alpallord. I couldn't see the photo; I think this will fix it
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