As noted by Planning in their preliminary review of the plans for an 818-foot-tall tower to rise at 50 Main Street, which just completed, the tower as proposed “may conflict with City policies related to a balanced skyline as seen from key public viewpoints within the city and region.
One reason San Francisco has such an acute housing shortage is that its residents can, and often do, block the construction of large residential projects out of concerns that such developments will change their neighborhoods’ character.
Having survived a rather iconic appeal, the plans for the proposed 19-story tower to rise up to 200 feet in height on the site of San Francisco’s aging Fire Station 13 were approved by the City in November.
San Francisco housing development in 2022 will be the year of the megaproject. Even as smaller projects are stuck in limbo due to market uncertainties and astronomical construction costs, the city’s colossal multiphase projects like those at Treasure Island, Mission Rock, Pier 70, and Power Station will steam full speed ahead.
For San Francisco transit riders, there is finally a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. After years of delays, both the Van Ness bus rapid transit line (known as BRT) and the Central Subway — which will connect Chinatown and Union Square to SoMa and Mission Bay — are slated to open in 2022.