San Francisco’s One Oak tower and plaza at Market and Van Ness has had trouble getting underway.
When originally proposed, One Oak plans included 70,000 square feet of space for a school, 301 residential units, 5,900 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and 152 parking spots.
Now, plans have been changed to include 304 housing units but only 139 parking spots. Once the plans were approved, they went to City Planning for an environmental impact report (EIR). Per Hoodline, a member of the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association then filed an appeal over the EIR. The appeal stated that the city’s Planning Department didn’t consider transportation companies in the area, how wind might affect cyclists, and how excessive parking spots may create traffic congestion.
The developer of the property, Build, Inc., responded to the appeal by stating it would contribute $29 million toward 103 permanent affordable housing units in the building. The original plans only called for 72 affordable housing units. Additionally, the Planning Department said they would look into transportation company effects and wind in the area.
The Hayes Valley member retracted his appeal and One Oak is expected to be completed in 2021.