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8 Washington Street - Referendum
City of San Francisco
Majority Approval Required
Fail: 31168 / 33.44% Yes votes ...... 62024 / 66.56% No votes
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Shall the City ordinance increasing legal building height limits on an approximately half-acre portion of the 8 Washington Street Site along Drumm Street take effect?
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 private 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 (the Ordinance) to increase the legal building heights on an approximately half-acre portion (16% of the Site). The existing height limit is 84 feet. The Ordinance would increase the height limit to 92 feet in one section along Drumm Street and 136 feet in another.
A referendum was filed requiring that the Ordinance be submitted to the voters. The Ordinance will not go into effect unless a majority of voters vote in favor of it.
The Proposal: Proposition C is a Referendum to approve an Ordinance passed by the Board of Supervisors. The Ordinance would increase the legal building height limits on an approximately half-acre portion of the Site along Drumm Street from 84 feet to 92 feet in one section and from 84 feet to 136 feet in another section.
Should the proposed ordinance be approved by the voters, in my opinion, it would in and of itself, have no direct impact on the cost of government. However, approval of the ordinance would allow the 8 Washington Street project to be built as approved by the City. This project would result in new tax and fee revenues and other benefits to the City and to the Port of San Francisco.
Construction of the proposed project at 8 Washington Street would result in near-term tax revenues of approximately $4 million which can be used by 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. 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 C||Arguments Against Proposition C|
|A YES vote on Prop C Means Parks, Housing, Jobs and
Greater Public Access to San Francisco's Waterfront.
A YES vote on Prop C affirms decisions of the Board of Supervisors, the Mayor, the Planning Commission, the Port Commission and the State Lands Commission to replace the private club and asphalt parking lot at 8 Washington Street with neighborhood housing and a new waterfront park.
To deceive voters into overturning the 8 Washington plan, opponents drafted a ballot question focusing exclusively on project heights -- rather than providing a complete and transparent description of the proposal and its history. In fact, 8 Washington's design steps DOWN to the waterfront and is the product of seven years of community outreach incorporating the very heights called for in the Northeast Embarcadero Study.
Here's What a YES Vote Means:
Mayor Ed Lee* Former Mayor Gavin Newsom Supervisor Scott Wiener* Supervisor Mark Farrell* 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* San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 (Asterisks: For identification purposes only; author is signing as an individual and not on behalf of an organization.)
Proponents fail to say that Prop C is really a special exemption to the law for one developer that raises waterfront height limits to 136 feet, twice the height of the old Embarcadero Freeway. And that's not their only deception:
Sierra Club San Francisco Tomorrow Affordable Housing Alliance Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods
|NO WALL ON THE WATERFRONT. NO ON B & C.
After the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, San Francisco tore down the damaged Embarcadero Freeway + a massive concrete wall that encircled our waterfront, blocking views and access. Props B & C threaten our waterfront by allowing a new wall to be built.
Raises waterfront height limits Props B & C raise waterfront height limits to 136 feet + 12 stories high + a 62% increase over current limits.
Twice the height of Embarcadero Freeway The developer's luxury condo tower soars to the height of two double-decker Embarcadero freeways stacked on top of each other.
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.
Misleading claims about 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 & Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods say NO.
Props B & C are opposed by a diverse coalition representing every community and neighborhood in San Francisco. Protect the waterfront that belongs to all of us. No new wall on the waterfront. 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
Opponents of Prop C have it backwards. Prop C embodies the same approach to urban design that replaced the Embarcadero Freeway and revitalized the waterfront from the Ferry Building to the ballpark.
Prop C will tear down a 1,735-foot fence, private club and asphalt parking that currently mar views and block pedestrian access to the waterfront.
Prop C replaces these eyesores with neighborhood housing, street cafes, improved walkways and bike paths and a 30,000-square-foot waterfront park.
Heights are Consistent with Community Plan Opponents' claims regarding project heights are simply misleading. The design follows seven years of community outreach, and changes in heights affect just sixteen percent of the site.
More for Affordable Housing Housing advocates support Prop C because C expands the City's housing stock and generates $11 million for affordable housing.
Highest Environmental Standards Prop C will be built according to LEED-certified environmental standards, including protections for sewer lines, dedicated open space and a green rooftop.
San Franciscans deserve an open and vibrant waterfront.
Vote YES on C.
Mayor Ed Lee* Former Mayor Gavin Newsom Supervisor Scott Wiener* Supervisor Mark Farrell* 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* and Fong Real Estate San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (Asterisks: For identification purposes only; author is signing as an individual and not on behalf of an organization.)