S.F. Rezoning Plan Paused for Equity Analysis

A plan to rezone parcels around the busy intersection of Market Street and Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, called the Hub, will undergo an analysis of the potential impacts of the plan on marginalized communities.

July 27, 2020, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

San Francisco, California

City and County of San Francisco Planning Department / The Market Street Hub Project

"The scope of a long-percolating plan to allow for taller and denser housing around the intersection of Market Street and Van Ness Avenue is set to be cut back after members of the Board of Supervisors called for a pause to complete a race and equity study of how the rezoning would impact communities of color and other marginalized groups," reports J.K. Dineen.

By reducing the size of the plan area known as The Hub, 15 sites in the 84-acre area will have to hold on any potential development while the city explores "how the rezoning might impact existing residents and organizations susceptible to displacement and gentrification."

 Another three proposed projects—960 units at 10 South Van Ness Ave., 335 units at 30 Van Ness Ave., and 345 units and a new French-American International School at 98 Franklin St—will be able to move forward without delay. Those three projects have been in the approval pipeline for years, and "all offer significant community benefits that have been agreed to through several years of negotiations," according to information credited to San Francisco County Supervisor Dean Preston. 

The other 15 sites in the plan area do not currently have developments proposed.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in The San Francisco Chronicle

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