Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wave of development could sweep through four eastern neighborhoods

A building boom in San Francisco’s east side could start within a year, with white-collar jobs and thousands of new homes expected to replace dwindling industrial jobs in a sweeping 2,200-acre rezoning proposal ready to be debated by city leaders after nine years of planning efforts.
The 1,373-page draft Eastern Neighborhood plan — which will guide the future development of areas including the Central Waterfront, Potrero Hill, the Mission and some part of the South of Market neighborhood — goes before The City’s Planning Commission today.
The plan, if eventually adopted by the Board of Supervisors, is expected to reduce the amount of light industry in those areas, by allowing increased housing density and building heights, and changing building rules.
If the plan is approved, higher-density homes could be built in the neighborhoods to house more than 20,000 new residents by 2025 — a 30 percent population rise, according to findings in a draft environmental impact report.

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