Dear Supervisors and Planning Commissioners,
I am writing to support the 400 Divisadero project. Located on Divisadero and Oak Streets, the project intends to replace the Touchless Car Wash and Gas Station with a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development – offering new housing, neighborhood serving local retail and public open space. Enhancements to the public realm include a mid-block public breezeway along the Divisadero frontage, wider sidewalks and expanded bulb outs to enhance public safety, and a public art component on the north side of the building.
In response to the City’s housing crisis, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously changed zoning along the Divisadero and Fillmore corridors. This allows more homes for families, without changing the height, building envelope or buildable square footage, so to preserve the visual neighborhood character. While the previous zoning limited the site to 50 large expensive condos, the new zoning will allow us to build up to 177 smaller family homes. These include both “affordable by design” market rate homes and on-site BMR homes. This more than triples both the total and BMR housing, while reducing prices of market rate homes, in a building of the same size and height.
The combination of new housing, retail and public realm improvements will transform a key corner by bringing more families and local neighborhood-serving businesses into the community with active daylight and night time uses.
Thank you for including our support in your considerations, and we anticipate your agreement that this is going to be a positive addition to our neighborhood.
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