San Francisco’s planning commission voted on September 17 to approve Forest City Development’s 5M project, located at Mission and Fifth streets. After hearing six and a half hours of public comment, the Commission rejected a motion to continue the approval process to a future meeting on a 4-3 vote, then approved the environmental reviews and zoning changes required to OK the project on a 5-2 vote.
Delegates to the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council voted on the final endorsements for the Nov. 3 municipal election. The Council endorsed candidates for District Attorney, City Attorney and Treasurer, as well as six ballot measures. The SFBCTC had previously endorsed Mayor Ed Lee for re-election and Supervisor Julie Christensen for District 3 Supervisor. Delegates also endorsed Supervisor Scott Wiener for election to the State Senate in 2016.
Modernization work at more than 30 San Francisco Unified School District sites covered by the Project Labor Agreement between the Building Trades and the School District is continuing during the 2015 school session, and progressing on schedule. San Francisco voters approved a $531 million Facility Bond Measure in November 2011 – the third and final installment of $1.3 billion in bonds to modernize and improve safety in SFUSD facilities.
Four hundred members of the San Francisco labor community came out to celebrate Labor Day weekend with an annual breakfast hosted by the San Francisco Labor Council on Friday, Sept. 4.
Delegates to the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council elected Plumbers Local 38 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Treasurer Larry Mazzola Jr. president last month. Mazzola bested Operating Engineers Local 3 District One Representative Charley Lavery in the contested election for the SFBCTC presidency.
Developer Paramount Group is seeking approval for its condominium project at 75 Howard St. Paramount scaled down an earlier version of the residential building from a 292-foot-tall, 25-story structure with 159 units to the current 220-foot, 20-story, 133-unit version after facing opposition from some local residents.
The 36-story, 262-unit residential tower on Cathedral Hill proposed by the ADCO Group will go before the San Francisco Planning Commission this fall. The developer had proposed a tower at 1481 Post St., adjacent to the Cathedral Hill Plaza, in 2006 and sought the support of the SFBCTC in 2007.
Affordable Housing, Open Space Big Winners in Updated 5M
Forest City Development recently modified its plans for the mixed-use project at Fifth and Mission streets, known as 5M. The developer has held a series of public meetings to build local support for the project and get feedback from neighbors, similar to meetings held for neighbors of Forest City’s Pier 70 project, which succeeded in winning community backing.