Office, housing expansion planned for former Lyft HQ meets with opposition

By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt

Project at 2300 Harrison St. adds 24 units, new retail, arts and office space to current building

Community advocates are taking a stand against a proposed six-story expansion of the former Lyft headquarters in the Mission District that would bring close to 100,000 square feet of office space to the heavily gentrifying neighborhood.

Plans to add a mixed-use building with ground-floor retail and arts spaces, 27,017 square feet of additional office space and a total of 24 apartments to the existing three-story building at 2300 Harrison St. are expected to go before the Planning Commission Thursday for a vote…

The Planning Department is recommending approval, but a coalition of community groups is pressing the commission to hold off on making a decision on the project to allow for more time to negotiate benefits for the community, such as increased affordable housing on site…

“We want a higher amount of affordable housing. We want an actual plan for this office space to be mixed use, to contribute not only to high income earners but to the working class,” said Bocanegra. “The City is the biggest representative for its vulnerable communities. The City needs to take a hard look at this project…and assure that this building gets built in a way that will [guarantee] an equitable and a healthy outcome.”… (more)

http://commissions.sfplanning.org/cpcpackets/2016-010589ENXOFAc1.pdf

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