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Hearing for major Mission district development postponed until fall

June 22, 2015

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

A hearing on the first major Mission development to go before the Planning Commission following the failed market-rate moratorium earlier this month has been delayed until the fall.
The project to construct 274 apartment units, 47 of which will be below market rate, in much of the 2000 block of Bryant Street was already slated to be postponed from Thursday’s meeting until July 2, but a slew of opponents including representatives from the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council urged for a longer continuance.
After listening to more than a dozen speakers Thursday, some of whom asked for the project to be killed altogether and others who requested the original July 2 continuance date, the commission unanimously voted to move the hearing to Sept. 10.

Holding the hearing after the summer allows for more time to develop the Mission Action Plan 2020, a roadmap in the works for housing, job and other economic strategies in the Mission, said Gabriel Medina, policy manager for the Mission Economic Development Agency that is spearheading the plan.
Planning commissioners agreed that more time is needed to paint an accurate picture of the state of the Mission.
“I want to make sure the community has enough time to present their case on a level playing field,” Commissioner Dennis Richards said…

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether a market-rate housing halt in the Mission will go before voters Nov. 3. On June 2, the Board of Supervisors rejected an initial 45-day moratorium, spurring proponents of such a move to consider a ballot measure… (more)

It should be noted that at first the vote on the matter was not unanimous, and that one of the Commissioners stopped the next item to request a re-vote, pointing out her right to do so based on a former action by another Supervisor that got a lot of media attention. Anybody else who wants to comment on this should do so at the source, if comments were still take at the source. Since they are not, please comment here.

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