ParkMerced.jpgThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors will consider today whether to certify the environmental review of a proposal to add thousands of apartments and demolish others at the Parkmerced complex near San Francisco State University.

The developers at the large complex, located at 19th and Holloway avenues, are looking to expand by adding about 5,700 new residential units while demolishing and replacing about 1,800 units in the next two to three decades.

The Planning Commission approved the final environmental impact report on the project in February, but the next month it was appealed by opponents of the plan, including the Parkmerced Action Coalition, who say it will displace and inconvenience them and create traffic gridlock.

Parkmerced spokesman P.J. Johnston has said that while many residents will be relocated within the complex, the new apartments will be built before the old ones are demolished so people will only have to move once.

The new apartments will be similar to the old ones in size and configuration, and residents will pay the same rent and have the same rent control status, Johnston said.

On March 29, supervisors delayed a vote on the project while they considered the opponents’ appeal, but are set to vote today on whether to affirm or reverse the commission’s approval of the environmental report.

Along with the adding and demolishing of some units, the project would also realign the San Francisco Municipal Railway’s Muni Metro M-Ocean View line and establish a free shuttle service to the Daly City BART station.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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