Opponents to appeal after SF planners approve ‘Beast on Bryant’

By J.K. Dineen : sfgate -excerpt

Mission District development opponents pledged to continue to battle against the “Beast on Bryant” housing development a day after the Planning Commission approved what would be the largest residential complex in the neighborhood’s history.

On Thursday, night the Planning Commission voted 5-2 to approve 2000-2070 Bryant St., a complex that would contain 196 market-rate apartments and an additional 139 affordable homes. Developer Nick Podell, who owns the property, would build the market-rate building while dedicating a third of the land for the affordable units, which the city would pay to construct.

Opponents of the Bryant Street project plan to appeal the project to the Board of Supervisors, according to Peter Papadopoulos of the Mission Cultural Action Network. He said the environmental review of the project failed to take into consideration the impact of 40 market-rate housing developments spread throughout the Mission, a number greater than what was anticipated in the 2010 Eastern Neighborhoods plan, which rezoned the area.

“This is going to be one of the most built-out sections of the city outside of downtown, in what is now a neighborhood of single-story warehouses” Papadopoulos said. “Right now the projects are being studied one at a time with no consideration of the cumulative impact on a given block, neighborhood, or the city at large.”…

The Bryant Street project could be a bellwether for three other market-rate Mission District housing projects in the pipeline: the “Monster in the Mission” at the 16th Street BART Station, which has been stalled by litigation between the property owner and the developer; the 157-unit project Lennar is proposing at 1515 S. Van Ness Ave.; and Axis Development’s proposed 117-unit project at 2675 Folsom St… (more)

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