DZLU MEETING DATE: October 20, 2020 (via Zoom)
1. ONGOING PROJECT UPDATES
a. 1580 PACIFIC (at Polk–Site of Jug Shop)
A hearing before the Planning Commission for Conditional Use approval for this project is scheduled for December 3rd, 2020. The developer, JS Sullivan, has requested a support letter from
RHN. DZLU has received updated plans of the proposed project and they appear similar to those presented to DZLU several months ago and which had been favorably reviewed. The project provides 53 condominium units, including a bonus of 10 units via the State’s density bonus program. The project proposes a mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units, an area for approximately 4 retail outlets and 27 parking spaces. Nine of the housing units are below market rate. Its height at 6 stories (7 stories at the northernmost end on Polk) is within the allowable 65-ft limit.
DZLU sees the proposal at this key intersection as a significant improvement over the existing single-story commercial building and sprawling parking lot. DZLU has drafted a letter of support for submission to the RHN Board for its review and consideration at its November 2nd meeting. Support is based on such factors as the project’s compatibility with the scale of the neighborhood, its contribution to the commercial vitality of Polk Street, and its provision of new housing. The developer is working with the Jug Shop to incorporate it on the ground floor. The development of this site takes on additional significance as the economy strives to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus,
2. ONGOING POLICY UPDATES
a. COMMERCIAL POLICIES: 2340 POLK ST PARKLET
The City approved the parklet application on 10/14/20. An SFMTA public hearing is scheduled for 10/23/20 to relocate a white zone to 2354 Polk. Subsequent to DZLU’s meeting, SFMTA approved the white zone relocation.
b. COMMERCIAL POLICIES: SHARED SPACES PROGRAM EXTENSION
As outlined last month, RHN had sent a support letter to Supervisor Peskin on 9/28/20 for the fee waiver extension and recommended that program adjustments and improved controls also be developed.
The letter suggested that RHN DZLU have a voice in developing guidelines for the Shared Spaces Program. DZLU would like to be at the table to offer input in such areas as parking & transportation as well as in development of a “good neighbor policy” (noise & cleanliness, etc.). DZLU has reached out to Lee Hepner of Supervisor Peskin’s office as a follow-up and to inquire about progress on this.