An Update on the SF Overlook Project

Draft EIR for the SF Overlook Project

We’ve written in the past about the SF Overlook proposed development in the Forest Knolls neighborhood. We’ve invited and published guest posts both from a neighborhood group opposed to the project as well as a guest post from the development group that would like to build on a strip of neighborhood land.

Artist's Rendering of Development

The San Francisco planning department recently released the Draft Environmental Impact Report for San Francisco Overlook Development Residential Project, Planning Department Case No. 2004.0093E, State Clearinghouse No. 2003122131 (PDF, 12MB).

Existing View
View with SF Overlook development

Straight from the Draft EIR, here’s the synopsis:

The San Francisco Overlook Development Residential Project site (Assessor’s Block 2636, Lots 25 and 28) is in San Francisco’s Mount Sutro/Forest Knolls/Clarendon Heights neighborhood on the northwest slope of Mount Sutro, about 0.25 mile southwest of the University of California Medical Center, and approximately 600 feet northwest of the summit of Mount Sutro. The generally rectangular-shaped site includes a hook-shaped area protruding south from the site’s western edge. The project site is in an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

The north portion of the undeveloped, partially wooded and vegetated, approximately 63,890-square-foot (-sq.ft.) project site slopes sharply down to an abandoned quarry that is on an adjacent parcel.The proposed project would include construction of 34 dwelling units (65,750 square feet of residential space) and a new paved, approximately 20-foot-wide, 700-foot-long private street (13,950 square feet). Twenty-four of the 34 units would be constructed as duplexes (with a two-story upper unit above a twostory lower unit) in 12 structures A single building with ten townhomes would be constructed on the western portion of the site. Thus, there would be a total of 13 structures with a total of 34 dwelling units.

The proposed buildings would range between approximately 16 to 40 feet in height above the new street grade. The buildings would be four stories, with one to four stories above street level, and at the rear, SUMMARY Case No. 2004.0093E S-2 San Francisco Overlook Development Residential Project down-sloping portion of the project site, at most two stories below street level. Approximately 45,390 square feet of the project site would be developed with the new residential buildings, sidewalk, and new paved private street with a fire truck turn-around area at the west end. The remaining 18,500 square feet of the project site would be left undeveloped except for some soil stabilization geotechnical features, i.e., stitch piers and soil nails.

The 34 dwelling units would consist of 30 three-bedroom units and four twobedroom units. The duplex buildings would have a total of 32 parking spaces, of which 26 would be in the form of two-car stackers, and six would be independently accessible, and the parking garages would contain room for bicycle parking. The townhome building would have 36 spaces in an enclosed parking garage, consisting of three nine-car rotating stackers and nine independently accessible spaces, and a minimum of six bicycle parking spaces. Thus, there would be a total of 68 spaces. After construction of the proposed project buildings and private street, the site would be landscaped.

The project sponsor would comply with the requirements of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance for below market rate (BMR) units by providing 12 percent of the units on-site as BMR units distributed throughout the project, or by providing 17 percent of units off-site as BMR units, or by paying an in lieu fee.

Development of the site would require excavation to various depths up to approximately 15 feet for footings, foundations, and lower floors of the residential units, as well as for fill in other areas of the site. Much of the volume of excavation would be offset by the required fill, but approximately 1,100 cubic yards of soil would be hauled from the site.

Project construction would occur over approximately 23 months. The project sponsor and developer is San Francisco Overlook Development, LLC, the project architect is Levy Design Partners, and the project geotechnical consultant is Alan Kropp & Associates, Inc.

Project Site
Proposed project impact

While I’ll let you savor the hundreds of pages of reading that are in the Draft EIR, here’s the summary:

The Draft EIR found that implementation of the proposed project would lead to significant impacts related to cultural resources, paleontological resources, air quality, geology and soils, and hydrology. The significant impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with implementation of mitigation measures identified in the Draft EIR. In addition, the Initial Study found that implementation of the project would result in significant impacts related to archeological resources, noise and biological resources. These significant impacts would be reduced to less-than significant levels with implementation of the mitigation measures identified in the Initial Study, Appendix A in the Draft EIR.

After reading the draft EIR, I have to say that I find little to object to about the project. What are your thoughts?

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