Neighbor Appeal Over “Scenic Vistas” Brings 480 Potrero in Front of the Planning Commission

by Alex Bevk : sf.curbed – excerpt

480 Potrero is a project that proposes a six-story, 58-foot-tall, residential building on a vacant lot in Potrero Hill. The building would contain 77 residential units, ground floor retail, and 47 parking spaces in a one-level basement parking garage accessed from Mariposa Street. The project was exempt from having to do full environmental review, but that was appealed by the San Francisco Verdi Club, MUNA neighborhood association, and Potrero Hill neighbors due to objections over the “adverse effect on a scenic vista,” inevitable increase in population, and discord with the “character with the neighborhood.”
The project sponsor revised the proposal to address some of the appellant concerns, like adding ground floor commercial space, decreasing the residential unit count from 84 to 77, adding additional off-street parking, and decreasing the overall size of the building by 7,000 sq.ft. The appeal delays the fate of the vacant lot, which once housed a four-story live/work building that was demolished in 2005. If the Planning Commission votes on the side of the appellants, it’ll force the project to undergo a full Environmental Impact Report. If they uphold the exemption, they’ll then vote on the actual project entitlements.
· Appeal of Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration for 480 Potrero (pdf) [SF Planning]
· Upcoming Developments Waiting to Break Ground, Now With UPDATES [Curbed SF]
· CEQA In Action, Or Inaction, On Potrero Avenue [SocketSite]… (more)

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