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8 Washington Street - Initiative
City of San Francisco
Majority Approval Required
Fail: 35617 / 37.78% Yes votes ...... 58656 / 62.22% No votes
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Shall the City allow a development project at the 8 Washington Street Site that would include new housing, retail and recreational facilities, and open space, and would increase the legal building height limits on a portion of the Site?
In 2012 the Board of Supervisors (the Board) approved a development project for the Site involving construction of two mixed-use buildings containing 134 residential units, ground floor restaurants and retail, a privately operated fitness and swim facility, a public park and open spaces, and underground public and private parking.
In approving the development project, the Board also adopted an Ordinance to increase the legal building height limits on a portion of the project. Then a referendum (Proposition C) qualified for the ballot requiring that the Ordinance be submitted to the voters.
Later, this initiative (Proposition B) dealing with the same Site qualified for the ballot.
The Proposal: Proposition B would create a special use district known as the 8 Washington Parks, Public Access and Housing District. The district would require the 8 Washington Street Site project to include:
Should the proposed ordinance be approved by the voters and the proposed project at 8 Washington Street be built as currently approved, in my opinion, it would result in near-term tax revenues of approximately $4 million which can be used by the City for any public purpose, approximately $11 million in fee payments to fund affordable housing and approximately $4.8 million in fee payments to fund transit improvements. The Port of San Francisco would receive approximately $3 million in near-term revenues from the sale of a seawall lot for the project, as well as a percentage of property sales. In addition, the developer would construct a public park and improve public utilities and infrastructure.
The ordinance provides for the establishment of a special use district on a 3.2-acre site on the northern waterfront and other approvals required for construction of the development referred to as 8 Washington Street. As noted above, the financial terms benefitting the City and the Port in the proposed project include an affordable housing fund contribution, transit impact development fees, and a percentage of property sales to be paid directly to the Port.
Estimated future revenues that would be generated by the project would vary depending on market conditions and other factors, but certainly the assessed value of the area would increase and result in significant additional property tax and sales tax revenues to the City and the Port. Over the long-term life (sixty-six years) of the project, tax revenues, added property value and park and open space improvements accruing to the City and the Port are projected at more than $350 million, valued at approximately $82 million in today's dollars.
The above amounts do not include potential operating and infrastructure costs for other City departments. This statement does not address the potential impacts of the project on businesses, private property or the local economy.
League of Women Voters
|Arguments For Proposition B||Arguments Against Proposition B|
|Prop B Means Parks, Housing, Jobs and Greater Public
Access to San Francisco's Waterfront
Currently, the 8 Washington site along the Embarcadero is home to an exclusive "members only" private club, a 28,000-square-foot asphalt parking lot and a massive 1,735-foot chain-link fence + more than five football fields long -- that blocks public views and access to the waterfront.
Prop B will tear down the fence, unpave the parking lot, and replace it with a new waterfront park and neighborhood housing.
The plan is part of the larger revitalization of the waterfront and is the product of seven years of planning and over 100 community meetings. It has been studied and approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Planning Commission, the Port Commission and the State Lands Commission.
Here's what Prop B means:
Mayor Ed Lee Former Mayor Gavin Newsom Supervisor Mark Farrell* Supervisor Scott Wiener* Supervisor Katy Tang* Will Travis, former Executive Director of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission Mark Buell, Parks Commission President* Rodney Fong, Planning Commission President* and Fong Real Estate Isabel Wade, founder of Neighborhood Parks Council San Francisco Housing Action Coalition San Francisco Firefighters (Asterisks: For identification purposes only; author is signing as an individual and not on behalf of an organization.)
The proponents' argument NEVER EVEN MENTIONS their initiative's central issue: raising waterfront height limits to 136 feet, twice the height of the old Embarcadero Freeway. What they do talk about is equally deceptive and misleading.
Sierra Club San Francisco Tomorrow Affordable Housing Alliance AIDS Housing Alliance/SF San Francisco Tenants Union Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association Friends of the Waterfront Playground North Mission Neighbors Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association Richmond Community Association Rincon Point Neighbors Association Russian Hill Improvement Association Twin Peaks Open Space Conservancy
|PROPS B & C "OPEN" THE WATERFRONT TO MASSIVE
DEVELOPMENT AND TALL TOWERS. DON'T BE FOOLED.
Deep in the developer's 13,000 word initiative is the disaster they don't want you to see: raising waterfront height limits to 136 feet, twice the height of the old Embarcadero Freeway. If you oppose tall towers from Fisherman's Wharf to the Ferry Building, vote NO on Props B & C.
Raises waterfront height limits
Props B & C raise waterfront height limits from 84 feet to 136 feet + 12 stories high + a 62% increase. The developer's luxury condo tower soars to the height of two double-decker Embarcadero freeways stacked on top of each other.
Builds luxury condos, not affordable homes
The 134 luxury condos built by B & C will cost an average $5 million each. With NO on-site affordable housing, this raises rents and housing costs for everyone else.
Creates private , not public recreation and open space
Two-thirds of the new recreation and open space the developer promises will actually be PRIVATE, not for the general public.
Risks raw sewage spill
Engineer experts testify that the developer is building too close to a sewer line that carries 20 million gallons of raw sewage every day. It's at risk of rupture during an earthquake -- an environmental and fiscal disaster with taxpayers on the hook.
Sierra Club, Democratic Party and Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods say "NO."
Tearing down the Embarcadero Freeway gave us a wonderful waterfront. Let's not build a new wall that blocks it again. Vote NO on B & C.
Sierra Club San Francisco Democratic Party Board of Supervisors President David Chiu Former Mayor Art Agnos Former City Attorney Louise Renne San Francisco Tomorrow Affordable Housing Alliance Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods, representing 48 neighborhood organizations from across San Francisco
Prop B addresses two of San Francisco's most acute problems: shortages of housing and green space.
Today 8 Washington Street is an eyesore on the waterfront. A 27,000-square-foot asphalt parking lot and a massive chain-link fence surrounds a private club, marring views and blocking pedestrian access to the Embarcadero.
Prop B replaces these eyesores with neighborhood housing and 30,000-square-feet of waterfront open space. The project includes a recreation center, cafes with outdoor seating and greater public access to the waterfront with new walkways and bikeways.
Heights Are Consistent with Community Plan Opponents' claims regarding project heights are simply misleading. The design follows seven years of community outreach, and variances in heights affect just sixteen percent of the site.
More for Affordable Housing Housing advocates support Prop B because B expands the City's housing stock and generates $11 million for affordable housing.
Highest Environmental Standards Prop B will be built according to LEED-certified environmental standards, including protections for sewer lines, dedicated open space and a green rooftop.
Vote YES on B to open up the waterfront.
Mayor Ed Lee* Former Mayor Gavin Newsom Supervisor Mark Farrell* Supervisor Scott Wiener* Supervisor Katy Tang* Will Travis, former Executive Director of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission* Mark Buell, Recreation & Parks Commission President* Rodney Fong, Planning Commission President* Isabel Wade, founder of Neighborhood Parks Council San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (Asterisks: For identification purposes only; author is signing as an individual and not on behalf of an organization.