The San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave final approval today to a plan to add thousands of apartments and demolish others at the Parkmerced complex near San Francisco State University.
Developers are looking to expand the large complex at 19th and Holloway avenues by adding about 5,700 new residential units and replacing about 1,800 units in the next two or three decades.
The board this afternoon voted 6-5 in favor of certifying the environmental review of the project–the same vote it received during the board’s initial vote of approval two weeks ago.
The plan had drawn strong opposition from residents who said it would displace and inconvenience them and create traffic gridlock.
Before today’s final vote, board president David Chiu said in the past two weeks, he talked to some of the leaders of Parkmerced’s tenant organizations and the project’s developer, and negotiated additional protections for the tenants.
“I fully appreciate the concerns raised by some tenant leaders … but after years of planning and meetings and discussion, I think it’s time to move forward.”
The supervisors who voted against the plan were David Campos, Ross Mirkarimi, John Avalos, Jane Kim and Eric Mar.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News