Dubbed countless times as the "Beast of Byrant," 2000-2070 Mission Street in San Francisco has been surrounded by unmissable negative sentiment from locals. The scheme, which aims to hold 335 apartments across two buildings, experienced a turbulent planning process. Last year, locals of Mission Street took issue when Nick Podell, the developer behind the project, attempted to the push the scheme through via the Streamlining Act whereby the commission had to act within 60 days. “I think [the developers] knew that the Commission would not have approved the plan in the first place,” said Commissioner Dennis Richards. Opponents of the development, mainly comprising artists, local residents, and building trades representatives, argue that more affordable and not market-rate housing is needed. The proposal would also see the demolition of six buildings that mostly house artist studios. Totaling more than 200,000 square feet, the project hasn't won locals over with its aesthetic, something which its scale probably doesn't aid. However, advocate of the project and executive director of the Housing Action Coalition, Tim Colen, said in 2015 that resistance against the scheme reflected the difficulties of addressing the "housing affordability crisis" while building in San Francisco. "It’s not possible to improve affordability if we don’t build a lot more housing,” he added. Now the "Beast" has finally stumbled through an eleven-hour hearing at San Francisco's Planning Commission. That said, the development hasn't come through unscathed: the Commission voted 5-2 in favor of a proposal that includes 92 additional affordable housing units and 33 fewer market-rate dwellings. Meanwhile, 40 percent of "PDR" space (Production, Distribution, Repair and Arts uses) will be replaced on the site—none was set to be originally replaced. While the project has been given the go-ahead, opponents are planning to appeal the Planning Commission's decision to the Board of Supervisors. “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,” said Peter Papadopoulos of the Mission Cultural Action Network. “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.”
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After 13 years and multiple changes, San Francisco planners approve massive project by Arquitectonica
After a drawn out, 13-year process, architecture firm Arquitectonica has rolled back the years on its design for the final installment for Trinity Place on San Francisco's Market Street. The firm has reverted to a design it originally conceived back in 2006 and had approved in 2007. However, the final phase required much back and forth and Arquitectonica and San Francisco's Planning Department have just now found accord and are moving forward. Since Arquitectonica submitted its original plan in 2003 for the site, 13 years have passed along with numerous iterations to the project. Originally, 1,410 housing units had been planned, but this proposal was altered in 2006 due to complaints from locals. After that, the final third phase of the project lay in limbo, being changed and changed again in the process. But while the project stalled, the area has also changed. When Arquitectonica cofounder Bernardo Fort-Brescia submitted yet another set of plans last week (that were very close to the 2006 scheme), the San Francisco Department acknowledged that perhaps Mission/Market Street had caught up and finally gave it the green light. Prior to Arquitectonica's inception, the 4.5-acre plot was occupied by a motel that in the 1970s had been converted into apartments. Now, two, 24-story cubic volumes rise up, interlocking and overlapping with various elements, all of the same simple orthogonal nature. The structure houses 440 units, "360 of which are rent controlled," the firm said, settling one of the earlier disputes. This, however, is just the "first phase" (which has already been built) of Arquitectonica's overall plan, which will offer a whopping 1,900-units. Phase two lies on the same plot. It boasts 105 more units with 21,000-square-feet of retail space, while the third and final phase will use a Tetris-like, golden "L" shape to house 915 new residences. They don't come cheap, either, with prices starting at $2,775 for an unfurnished "junior one bedroom." "We wanted to start with something very graphic and pure compared to the background of San Francisco, and then the composition changes personality from one building to the next," said Fort-Brescia. "By the time it reaches Market Street, we’re trying to create a more subtle streetscape."