tv Government Access Programming SFGTV June 16, 2019 2:00am-3:00am PDT
>> good evening, commissioners. i'm project manager of the balboa project from the planning department. the rest of my team is here with me. sue with planning department and lee from the office of economic and workforce development and the development team. so, the presentation will start with the project's policy background and the community planning process. lee will talk about the developer teams election process and key compliments of the project. and then the developer team will
go over the sites design and program of the master plan. san francisco's housing affordability and shortage has long been an issue and the city has developed several policies and programs to attract them. in 2014, propertie proposition d with 33 units being affordable. in support of proposition k, former mayor ed lee launched the public land for housing program calling for 4,000 units on public land by 2020. 50% of which will be affordable. so the planning department and the office of economic workforce development to select the site, public land especially that can
be built for housing and also provide public benefits those four sites are initial sites. there are more sites not shown in the map. they can help reach 27% of the targeted 4,000 units. the balboa website is in the south was nearby the balboa park station right next to city college of san francisco, just north of ocean avenue commercial district surrounded by neighborhoods like sunny side, inkel side. this is under utilized 17-acre land owned by san francisco public utilities commission. this is the great opportunity for achieving a lot of public lands for housing goals. it can provide affordable
housing but also physical improvements and public amenities like parks and this is nearby in money money' muni sta. while the site is a great location, the site actually faces several transportation challenges. if you have been there, you might have experienced difficulties accessing public transit and also getting around during rush hour can be challenges. these are some of the projects the city family is working on to address transportation safety and accessibility issues. we are aware that and we put it high priority it's a critical component to improve transit accessibility to the site and also that pro lighting options
for people is an important priority. the project that is in 2014 with initial community outreach. a critical component of the community outreach is the balboa citizens of the add voice recommittee which is established in 2015. providing one critical responsibilities creating principles for developers election. over the course of 16cac meetings, we developed a comprehensive list of development parameters. that also is in response top areas of community interest including provisions of affordable housing, public open spaces and minimizing loss of city college affordable parking and traffic congestion.
we have under each category. i'm not going to go through every single one of them but here are some key highlights. for housing, the parameters called for 50% of the housing being affordable and for transportation it's focusing on maximizing and minimizing traffic congestion by improving safety and accessibility. the committee also stressed encore dinnation with city college especially on transportation management -- sorry. transportation demand management and site planning. one of the key public parameters called for a total of four acres of open space including a minimum of 1.5-acre park. and because the site is also neighboring single-family homes, the urban design parameters focus on the scale and character of the development asking for
temporary heights. there's a lot of sustainable parameter goals including meeting or exceeding -- sustainability such as maximizing water use and meeting cities zero waste goals. also, childcare and committee facilities in ground floor uses our called for additional public benefits. >> thank you, hello. lee with the office of economic and workforce development. # parameters formed a key element of the city's developer r.p.f. the main selection criteria focused on how well the proposals addressed those parameters. the skills and experience of the developer team and how well the
financial proposals addressed compensation to sfpuc who owns the land. reservoir community partners was selected in august of 2017. it includes a partnership between bridge housing and avalon bay communities with mission housing, pacific union develop company and habitat for humanity of san francisco all companies with local experience who will take on various elements of this large project. the city's anticipated entitlement package includes three major components. a land disposition agreement by the sfpuc for a value that will fulfill their charter mandates to receive fair market value for their land. a development greet that will object la gate the developer to provide all of the public benefits and a special use district that will control uses and design. we are currently preparing a draft i.e.r. that will be released later this summer and
we anticipate final e.i.r. certification and project hearings in a year. i want to focus on the key public benefit for this project. 50% affordable housing. this ambitious goal came out of the community process and was based on c.a.c. feedback and supervisor norman yee's leadership. 33% of the affordable housing units will be funded by the developer partnership using cross subsidy of the 50% market rate housing units and conventional affordable housing subsidiaries. [ please stand by ]
>> and commitments to sustainability and workforce development. i will introduce peter waller from the development team. >> good afternoon, evening. peter waller with the architects i am part of the core design team that also includes gls landscaping and engineers. we are delighted to be part of this team, fortunate to be part of this team. we do a lot of affordable housing throughout the bay area area. this is very ambitious, and high goals in terms of the affordability, and all the community benefits. to work with this community, this team, and this city, is a
great opportunity for us. the site has been described, for us, it is the last piece of the puzzle in the neighborhood, along with the city college upper reservoir sight to pull together these different uses and make a cohesive place here that really links these other pieces together. the transit aspect is critical for us. a lot of the pieces that are coming together have been talked about, these pieces were critical to plan in a way that emphasizes walking and biking. working with the, has been a great -- working with the, has been a great process for us. they have also had important guidance in terms of placement of open space, uses, circulation
, massing of the buildings, similarly, we have been collaborating closely with city college as they work through their facility's master plan, and carefully coordinating our work to make sure that they can proceed with their performing arts center, and these pieces involve the pedestrian way, the vehicle circulation, all of that is coordinated. they are such a critical neighborhood, integrating with their development is critical for us. we want to make sure they use our open space. we want to make sure our residents feel like they are part of this great emerging campus, or they are an integrated neighbor. the planning of this process started with open space, and that is key in terms of the community plan for this space, the community planners and principles. we looked at the critical connection point to ocean avenue , free to call oh, city
college, all the points around, and thought about how people will naturally circulate across this place and then where is that natural place for open space. given that, the prime location, make sure we don't build on that key space, and then place the roadways around that so they interfere as little as possible with that open space, and make the best of our two connection points that we have, one at avenue and ocean, and the second one at free to call oh,. and then overlying that, a pedestrian network that is both on the open space and the streets and connects out to ocean avenue, the city college, all the way through bart, and in the other direction, into the courtyards to the stoops. there's a complete network. when you step out of your front door, the obvious choice is to walk or to take the bus. as we go three-dimensional, the buildings provide an important
wind buffering from that prevailing north and northwest breeze, but the orientation of the park also provides good sunlight in the midst day and into the afternoon. and then the massing of the project, taller around the avenue, close to city college, stepping down all the way to three to two stories adjacent to the neighbors on westwood park. the project will have a really strong silhouette mean stepping character in view from their surroundings. and of course, a number of sustainability measures. somewhere mentioned. their rooftops are really prioritized for renewable energy generation. the open spaces are thought of as a sequence of spaces, if you think about starting down at ocean avenue on the bottom, you come up, and the sfpuc sfpuc space, which is a given, through and intimate passage, then you
open up onto this large open space which is the reservoir park, almost 400 feet long, which has plenty of room for a green space for a variety of uses, from terracing, there are 20 to 30 feet of slope across this site. and indoor and outdoor space, and the associated play areas. that is the buzzer for our time. i will go a little bit more, but let me know if i need to cut it off. we are close to the end here. and then just a quick comparison to understand the space, it is really the scale of south park south of the roads that south park has around it. it is really all of that area that is green. reservoir parkas about 2 acres altogether. it does have contact with the public roads on four sides, but not a road going around inside.
there's much more actual green space. it is still neighborhood scale, but is large enough to provide inanities and a range of uses for not just the residents here, but also the larger neighborhood the sfpuc space is also a critical active part of this. we're thinking about a number of things that could be utilized for picking up on the energy from ocean avenue and city college, and then briefly on the architecture, we are working to create an architecture that is specific for this place, that works in this neighborhood, buildings, and landscape work together. we are really focusing on the notion of indoor and outdoor spaces, lots of transparency between ground-floor amenity spaces and the streets, opening to midblock so that the courtyards become part of the open space network and stoops and landscape perimeters so that streets are active, but they are also green. >> i gave you an extra minute.
>> i think we are about wrapped up. >> are wrapped up, thank you. we may have questions. thank you. >> thank you. okay. we will take public comment on this item. i have quite a few speaker cards , so when i call your name, please come on up. [calling names]. [speaking spanish] -- [calling names]. >> you get two minutes. come on up, don't be shy. >> maybe folks have left, the day is late, so i will read a few more speaker cards. [calling names] >> i am for defending public hit
-- public education now. it sounds like a bizarre presentation about what this disaster is that is being proposed here. first of all, millions of dollars have been spent on the city and county of san francisco in collusion with avalon to present a project which the communities against, including the neighborhoods in san francisco. why are they against did? you have gridlock right now. we have been discussing the issue of gridlock in san francisco. the m.t.a. said they will not expand ocean avenue. what does that mean. that means the 1100 condos, the million-dollar condos, mostly, they will be flooded with cars, that's what that means. it means more gridlock on ocean avenue. the fair market value, what is the fair market value of that property? it is probably 802 a billion dollars. we have not been presented with any evaluation of that property. it is worth a lot more than what avalon will pay for it. the other issue is privatization of public land because you are
turning public land over to private developers, and unfortunately, the chancellor is going along with that and he is supporting development by the private developers. this is the privatization of public land and it is against the interest of the people of san francisco. the san francisco labor council has called for the transfer of that land by the p.u.c. to the community college so they can develop it. if they want housing for students and teachers, they can do it. we should not trust the developers to take care of the interest and the needs of the people of san francisco. we need to protect the public land, and students who drive to the college, working-class students, will no longer be able to do that, and the performing arts education center will be destroyed with this development. how are people going to get to it? where are they going to park? they can't because it will be developed by avalon for their uses, for private use. that has to stop, and we have to
stop this project. >> thank you. next speaker, please. [indiscernible] >> george had to leave, so he asked me to read a recent resolution by the coalition of the sentences will neighborhoods , even though it doesn't have all the pieces. he said, be it resolved the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods asks the san francisco public utility commission to transfer this public property to city college of san francisco san francisco and furthermore, be it resolved the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods urges the city college board of trustees to exercise their right as a public institution to ask a san francisco p.u.c. to transfer this public property to city college of san francisco so we can keep it forever in public hands for the public good. and furthermore, be resolved the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods urges the city
college board of trustees to remain vigilant, to ensure that the performing arts education center be built before any development on the balboa reservoir that goes forward. and furthermore, be it resolved, in the event of the transfer of title to the property to city college that does not take place , develop it is pursued, the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods urges the city college board of trustees to remain vigilant to ensure that any loss of parking be mitigated before any development on the balboa reservoir goes forward so as not to limit the educational access of any student. the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods represents many neighborhood groups throughout the city. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> harry bernstein, first, the big picture. balboa reservoir project amounts to an excessive number of units now proposed, 1100 to 1550, with a much higher density and the
surrounding neighborhoods, plus substantial increased traffic congestion without effective medication or improvement of transit infrastructure. the privatization of public land goes against the long-term public interest. some background, before there was the citizen's advisory committee, there was the balboa park station area plan, and one policy of the plan was to dissolve the west basin of the balboa reservoir to the greatest benefit of the city as a whole, as well as for the surrounding neighborhood, but what would be the greatest benefit for the city? the discussion never took place. one space, open space is one option. the former mayor preferred housing, and that was that. they got maybe 500 units at the
time. reclaiming this site, another possibility. it is educational space for city college, which is also a valid option. in the late 1980s, the board of supervisors had once offered the reservoir site to city college for a token payment of 1 dollar, but the mayor next to that. we have come a long way since then, so the gilding height should have been 25 to 65 feet, that is what the parameters came up with, but that four -- the for-profit developer, having five to seven units, an accident -- asking for in excess of 75 to 85 feet. so from the parameter, to the community development did not really result in what the development wants to do. >> thank you. next speaker, please.
>> christine hanson. this property has come before the san francisco voters on four occasion previously for zoning changes for potential sales to a private developer, but the voters have rejected those plans the increase in the area population with no support or solution to the various types of congestion in the proposed project alternatives is inconsistent with the san francisco general plan in multiple ways, and those are too vast to be considered without a ceqa review of the zoning change is very possible that the voters ' preference for special use district in this area would be for one that centers around city college instead of the one being proposed. in san francisco, the price of land is a prime obstacle to building 100% affordable housing keeping the land in public hands still allows for this
possibility. one successful example is san mateo's community college, which has 100% permanently affordable units that were constructed using truly affordable rent paid by teachers. on the other hand, the amount of housing in this development that a full-time city college teacher can afford in the reservoir will be eight-point 5%. they have created a gap between affordability and the low, moderate, and market rate. the percentage of units affordable for people who earn less than $90,000 is 26%. a college review would also protect instead of endanger future educational buildings like the city college performing arts in education center. it has a goal to be designed to fulfil eight objections, four goals, in 15 policies of the san francisco general plan in regards to the arts if it gets built, with that is not certain
now. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, commissioners my name is amy. i serve on the balboa reservoir community advisory committee as a representative of the sunnyside neighborhood and of sunnyside neighborhood association. i'm also an officer of sunnyside neighborhood association, and i have lived in the neighborhood for 20 years. like the other officers of sunnyside neighborhood association, i support the project, but with reservations. we have several concerns about things. we have been pleased to be able to bring them forward to the developers through the process. i am a 35 year resident of the city, and a homeowner, but it positively i positively want more housing in the city. i wanted in my backyard,
sunnyside's backyard at the balboa reservoir. i like transit-oriented housing and it would increase density and it is the only rational feature of the city. i walk the walk myself. my family commutes, shops, dines out by bike and public transit. nonetheless, i would like to draw your attention to particular outstanding features as a proposed plan for the balboa reservoir site. it is 1100 residential units that are built on 17 acres. he density of a show of units to acres that would be about 65. the contrast, sunnyside and other adjacent neighborhoods have a density of about ten to 15 units per acre, about six times as dense. sixty-five units in acre is a lot. chinatown has 62 according to the 2010 census data.
if the planning department's additional housing option of 1550 units are built, that raises the density to over 90 units per acre, exceeding any other neighborhood in the city. the original reservoir plan. >> thank you, your time is up. >> thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> steve martin, sunnyside neighborhood association president, i'm also part of the veterans affairs commission and a firefighter in chinatown. when i first heard about this project, we were sold on about 500 units, and i thought, okay, i'm okay with that, that sounds reasonable, then the number crept up to 1100, and now we are possibly looking at 1550, plus another 500 units for city
college student housing. it started to make me really nervous because the things i'm concerned about, overcrowding and traffic are becoming very real. i know we are in a housing crisis right now, i get that, we have to remember a couple of things. one project will not solve the entire city's housing crisis and second thing is, cramming the maximum of number of people into a space is not wise or is it safe for urban planning. i get the fact that we are in a declared climate crisis, i think that by reducing parking and, you know, gas stations, there is little to reduce the carbon emissions. because as people stop owning cars, that doesn't mean they will stop using cars. ridesharing is actually increasing traffic and causing even more emissions of carbon. the only way i see forward is to increase the transportation infrastructure in the area.
right now, it is woefully inadequate. they are in single car trains, and all the buses run into traffic. with the addition of these new residents, it will slow down buses and trains and make transportation even less viable and services such as ridesharing companies more viable, more attractive. what i would like to see happen is for this project to be scaled down to reasonable amount until we have the time to improve our transportation infrastructure such as under grounding of the k. and jay line to make it more fast and efficient. after that point, after we achieve that, then we can talk about increasing it. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> i am jennifer, also from sunnyside. i have been involved with the balboa reservoir discussions for over four years, and the balboa reservoir citizen's advisory council was formed with at least
50% of mayor lee's appointees, and it was meant to represent all the interests of the city, rather than just neighborhood interest. principle three of the document of recommendations was agreed to by all of the representatives of the balboa reservoir organization. all but one. it was to help to alleviate the city's under supply of housing by creating housing without compromising the quality of design or construction or outpacing needed transportation infrastructure. this is agreed to by everybody, except one person who did not sign off on this whole document. for years, sunnyside has expressed support for 40 will housing on the reservoir and an already congested transportation infrastructure, significantly improved, and needed city college parking is replaced. we were all aware of longtime city college plans for the performing arts education center and that it was already expected to reduce available space for
parking. adequate parking replacement continues to be an issue for city college and has not been resolved by the developers or planners. we also have concerns about how the development will impact our small blue-collar service businesses, and the many local educational institutions that are in our small community. in sunnyside, we have two elementary schools, at least nine preschools, and we are adjacent to o'riordan high school. none of these high schools have direct representation at community meetings, but they will be impacted. students currently fill up the standing room area of the 43 bus one classes get out in the afternoon and there's already heavy usage of munimobile by city college students during the day. this is critical -- is that the end? >> it is. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please.
>> good evening. my name is doug and i'm here representing habitat for humanity of san francisco. i'm excited to be here this evening alongside our partners. habitat for mission is to provide high-quality space, decent, affordable and sustainable housing to hard-working clients in san francisco and san mateo county. we do this by partnering with cities, community leaders, donors, volunteers and homebuyers to build and sell homes affordably to qualified families. this project would be responsible for city subsidized for-sale units for working families whose household income is around 100% of a.m.i. these families are what we call the missing middle. they are typically working as nursing assistance, construction workers, teachers, daycare staff , all of whom are vital to this community. too often they are willingly displaced because they cannot afford to stay. those families this family seduced day often live in substandard and overcrowded homes. they live in places where children do not have space to do
homework or to play, or families cannot grow and thrive in a healthy environment. there reservoir project can make a significant and meaningful contribution to the city's affordable housing stock and help hundreds of families make a future here. habitat strongly supports this project and we look forward to continuing to work with you, members of the community, and the affordable housing advocates throughout the city as it moves forward. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good evening. my name is alan. i am a public service worker for public health. we have more than 16,000 members in san francisco. we come here and complain about how we don't have affordable housing. each land belongs to the people of city college, the staff, the teachers, the students.
the land should be transferred back to the students, to city college and its staff. if they want to develop housing, it is their decision to develop housing for teachers, students, and families. you all know san francisco, we have more than 60,000 empty apartments. we do not need new developers to develop expensive housing and make the traffic jam, traffic congestion for the people nearby , including students. sciu has a lot of members. we have a lot of members. there are four there. a lot of them are poor. in san francisco, if anyone who makes less than hundred $20,000 is called poor people. the majority of government employees are poor people. we are advocating to opposing
this land that is developed a private developers. we want this land back to the people, for the people that really contribute for workers, families, students and for the people who care about san francisco. we have enough empty apartments already. we do not need any more privatizing of apartments. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. you left your sign. >> hello. i have been an engineering instructor at city college for over three decades. i'm currently the vice president of the faculty union. i couldn't agree more with the previous speaker. it is true that the land doesn't quite belong to city college, it belongs to the public utility commission, but it is precious
public land. city college, although it leases it from the p.u.c., does not quite own it, but it has been using it for over seven decades. public land should stay in public hands for the public good turning it over to a private developer whose motivation is profit and there's nothing wrong with that, but this is public land, it needs to be used for the public good. fifty% of affordable housing is not good enough. it needs to be 100% affordable housing on public land. it was also mentioned that city college stakeholders are in these meetings, but i am on the facilities committee, and leave a hard time getting information about what goes on in these meetings. i went to see that slide that looks at the access road into the development because something there was, will i be
able to do that? no. okay, i really want to question the decisions that are made at these meetings and aware that access road is. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good evening, commissioners. my name is mark and they sit on the reservoir presenting the san francisco public utilities commission. i'm also residents of district seven, and they live near balboa reservoir. i'm here to express my support for this project. since 2015, the reservoir has held consistent meetings with the community and project sponsors to discuss project details and approve the development parameters that have been incorporated into this proposal. the sfpuc adopted a resolution in 2016 to support this project,
recognizing the need for additional affordable housing in san francisco in a transit rich neighborhoods. over the next year and beyond, we will be continuing to work with the community to ensure that the project meets specific goals of the community and the city to build additional housing for all. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good evening, commissioners. hopefully my stomach will not be making any noises during this, i'm getting hungry here. i am the chair of the balboa reservoir committee. the balboa reservoir site sits between four distinct communities, each of these areas has unique characteristics and idiosyncrasies, it is not just a housing project but i neighborhood that we are building. it is not surprising that a large group of stakeholders have strong opinions about building density, affordability, open space, neighborhood character, how it will be affected, and of course, parking.
there is a very ride right wide range of opinions. that is why, in the spring of 2015, supervisor he introduced the board of supervisors and introduced to the board of supervisors to improve an ordinance creating the balboa reservoir community advisory committee with seven members with the local constituencies. two members are at large, myself included, although i do live in the neighborhood. so, over the past year and a half, we have acted as a clearinghouse and a forum where concerns can be voiced and question spee asked and answered the first 16 minute meetings were concerned with putting together a document laying out the development principles and parameters, prioritization and r.f.p. during the time that we heard perspectives from neighborhood groups, representatives -- representatives in local schools , people at large and around the city were concerned about the lack of affordable housing, and we tried very hard to arrive at a consensus
whenever possible, and after multiple revisions, we arrived at a final document. can i go 30 seconds? >> you have 30. twenty-one now. >> the principles and parameters concern housing, transportation, projects in relation to city college, the urban realm, urban design and neighborhood character and sustainability. i will close now, but i want to ask everybody in the room and on the commission to please hold your opinions until after the e.i.r. and we will see exactly how much traffic and congestion really does get generated out of this project. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> glorified, i am going to repeat what a lot of people have already said. number 1, is a long time san francisco resident, since it's public land, i always felt like it stood somehow stay public. for city college, for whatever,
but it should be public. it shouldn't be sold. second to that, one of the people were talking about one of my big concerns about the proposed project and that is the height density, it is so big. when we are not talking about one big building on a block, we're talking about a big neighborhood up in the middle of all of these other neighborhoods , and the parameters have not been followed. we have been going to meetings for years, and the parameters as they were agreed to have not been followed. it was supposed to be 28 feet to 65 feet, and it was supposed to be a gradation. it is like boom boom. it is up quick, and it is high, it is like it creates such a density and it just seems like the congestion, the effect on all the neighborhoods, the effect of city college, is just too much, and then my only other comment that has not been
brought up is the open space parameter also wasn't followed. the citywide survey, and also -- people want an actual continuous park where you have a land and you can play frisbee or whatever , and that is not going to happen. thank you. >> think he. you. next speaker, please. >> good evening. my name is michael. i'm a member of the organization for the last three years. i'm also president of the westward park homeowners association, which adjoins the impacted neighborhood. you heard earlier that the president of the coalition of san francisco neighborhoods, which by the way, consists of 31 different neighborhoods throughout the city voted unanimously that the property should go back to the city and college of san francisco, state in the public realm for public use. the city of san francisco's
financial entity valued city college at $300 million a year. that is the value that it gives to the city of san francisco. $300 million. any user private development of this land will severely impact the value of city college that is given to the city of san francisco. in addition, if a member -- we voted on these parameters. the former chair from the sunnyside, said we will not allow these parameters to be violated. they are being violated. we took a lot of time looking at those parameters. eventually we have to give you a report. we're in we are in violation of our own bylaws. we should give you an annual report. we haven't done that yet, and i brought that up at the last meeting on monday of this week. you should have all these comments. you hear the comments from the audience. they are very good comments about city college, about how it is being damaged, about how it should have the land. i have urged us to do a report so you can read it, the board of supervisors can read it because we spent a lot of time as a
member of the board listening to these people, and we should advise. that is what committee does. it is a committee advisory committee and hopefully we will have a report to you that shows you how the parameters have been violated and things like that. because the height of 25 to 65 is now up to 88 feet. fleet we can be helpful to you that you can read our report when it is concluded. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello. my name is micah, i'm a very proud city college student, or and raised kid. i speak on behalf of many students that i know in opposing this project think it is really you understand why first of all, the parking lot. it is not like it is empty land waiting to be developed, waiting to be made into a property. the developers are crucial part of many student teaching ability to attend school. are often in a rush to park.
it is not empty, it is you, and i guess if it were to be developed, it makes sense that because it is public land it would be developed in a way that is affordable, not affordable my definitions of making more than $100,000 a year, would affordable for actual students, myself and every other student i know would not be able to afford most of the units at this place, which would be leading me to believe that it is being built for the wealthy, you know, it not not for the working-class students at the school. so really think about what you want your legacy to be. i think as chronic commissioners , you do have a really big say in how the development in the city happens, and you have a crucial responsibility to protect the working people, to protect city college which serves, you know, a little less than 10% of the city. all of us have connections to this place. it be like developing on part of
s.f. general and saying through the people who need services there, you know, city college is a real community space. is one of the last remaining, fortified places that really serves everyone in the city. it is really important to protect that. don't allow it to be privatized. you have a responsibility to protect the people. please adhere to that. thank you. >> thank you. make speaker, please. >> hello, my name is christopher peterson, i live in the neighborhood, i have participated in multiple meetings about this project going back to 2014. i do strongly support maximizing the amount of housing, especially affordable housing on what is currently an underused surface parking lot. i think that this project has potential to benefit see the colleges and while i urge the developers from the city to work
with city college, possibilities for having housing served the city college community. in light of this crisis, it is also imperative to be doing this project in a way that minimizes automobile use. some of that is helped out by sheer location, it is next door to city college, next door to the ocean avenue commercial area , easy walking distance to bar, directly serve served prime multiple munimobile bus lines. one element of the project that hasn't been discussed very much today, though, i think it maybe undercut, and that is the potential to include a 500 space public parking garage that would be, in addition to the parking that will be provided to residents. i really strongly urged that the project not flute such as public parking garage. i think that will worsen traffic
impacts of the project. it will worsen the overreliance on vehicles in this area. so i urge support for the housing, but i also due to vigilant to make this a genuinely transit-oriented project. thank you. >> thinking. next speaker, please. >> hello. my name is christine. i have lived here since 2007, and they live about three and a half blocks east of the reservoir. i am active in my neighborhood, and the developers asked me to speak about the public process related to the balboa reservoir development, which i was happy to do since my personal experience has been both positive and productive. i had not participated in the monthly balboa reservoir meetings, so i'm pretty much an expert on nothing, but i have attended some of the open houses and submitted comments. my main focus has been on addressing neighborhood concerns
about the development in my tiny way, mainly preparing for increased neighborhood traffic and improving connections to city college and loss of parking i have been working for a traffic calming and pedestrian safety measures, and with neighbors the sunnyside and i want funding support for maintenance, beautification and the production bridge over that 280 and balboa park station at city college that five paces -- bypasses high end recorders. i'm grateful to developers for their support for the beautification a safety of the pedestrian bridge, further understanding of how it fits into the neighborhood transit solutions, and for the engagement on this community issue. regarding my personal engagement with the balboa reservoir public process directly, my experience has also been positive, one, i submitted concerns about the original open space design, that is my time, it anyway.
>> you've 20 seconds. >> okay. did to his exposure to wind, i was pleased to see the developers to do a wind study and reoriented the building to block wind from the open space. i'm guessing that i was that one of many with experience with the department that had concerns. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> i am but, michael adams again for coming to you as a former city planner, not in this city, letting other cities. i have had experience with public housing administration and i would like to tell you that some images are being created, for example, at west parking lot, which is what it is , the less parking lot of city college is that piece of isolated property that is underused. we heard -- it is underutilized
when you close the door after this meeting. so the whole notion that this is a piece of property that is just sitting there, waiting for someone to come spend a lot of money to develop as a false notion. many streets at night are underutilized parking metres out here that are underutilized. be careful how you hear that language. this is public land. it should be turned over to public institutions. city college is that institution assumes the whole city. it needs that property. we are going to be building from a bond issue that we all voted for. the performing arts education center. on the upper parking lot that will displace parking, free city college, hopefully everyone here supports it and it is increasing the population of city college, which means increasing the demand for parking spaces. you just heard traffic study that the agent before this that said the traffic is going to
continue to increase with regard to car usage, especially ridesharing companies. please do not be cruel by -- to habitat for humanity, for example. it is not a habitat for humanity financial model that is being used. mercy housing has a place right next door. that is a different model. >> thank you. your time is up. >> next speaker, please. >> good evening, commissioners. i went to several meetings and i was always taken by the fact that while there were architectural renderings, they were never any 3d models that would accurately show the scale of this project. i subsequently went we website
called statistics cal atlas.com. it shows what the density per mile of different areas across the country is. in san francisco, surprisingly to me, the densest neighborhood is the tenderloin, with 129 thousand residents per square mile, followed by chinatown with 62,500. if you put 1100 unit two people in each unit, you end up with a density of 82,650 people in this project. the atlas also lists the 50 top populated neighborhoods in san francisco, and following chinatown, number 36 is the ingleside, with 28,000 per square mile. the sunnyside, with 13,900, which is number 48, and westwood
park doesn't even come under the top 50. i moved here in 1973 when the munimobile tunnel was being constructed on market street. unfortunately it did not have two tracks in each direction. i currently take public transit to city college. a trip that took me 35 minutes a year ago and now frequently takes over an hour. that is on munimobile. i take the train from forest hill out to city college -- the bus, and if i get on that bus at 68 -- 6:00 p.m. in the evening, it is so crowded that people are standing in the doorway his -- in the doorways, waiting for the alarm system to ring. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please.
>> my name is chris, i have been a resident of san francisco for 44 years. i was born in the children's hospital. we are not talking about modernization. we should be talking about -- san francisco is the second densest city in the country. we have a proximally 7500 units per square mile and the five boroughs have about 10,000 units per square mile. manhattan is 33,000 per square mile. if you're talking about 1100 units on the amount of acreage, you're talking about 39,000 units per square mile. 20% higher to manhattan, and if you add the other 450 units, 60% more dense. i don't think it is appropriate for single-family home neighborhoods to be -- we talked about westside, westpark,
sunnyside, ingleside, it is one quarter of what it is for manhattan. it should not be any higher than that. second thing is, from a public safety standpoint, we have the access from lee off of ocean, and off of what used to be fail and avenue. what happens with the supplier and the people on the west side if they can't get out, and they can't get emergency vehicles in to save them? you have alleys coming out of the westwood park which are blocked off. how are people going to escape? also you have the issue of liquefaction. there is also, you know, a dormant earthquake fault along city college. what happens if there is an earthquake there? i think this has not been planned out. i think it should be turned over to city college. >> thank you. next speaker, please.
>> good evening. i am with the mission housing on behalf of our executive director you probably are already familiar with mission housing, but to reiterate to you, we have been a community developer and manager of affordable housing since 1971. mission housing has built strong and long-standing partnerships with several communities. these partnerships have positioned us to engage stakeholders and get feedback for project that fits the community. the project is currently our project -- our project is curtly proposing 70 units of family housing, and that will be made available to families making between 30 to 80% of median income, and those residents will have access to city college, which we see as a benefit to the residents that will be there,
and also to our suite of resident services. part of the project is also 100 childcare centers as well, which , from feedback in research , it is desperately needed in that area. in the past month, we have hosted -- conducted two tours of communities, and at these tours, we have gauged overall enthusiasm for affordable housing from both the city college students and the surrounding community at large. while there is still outreach to do the project, we will continue to do that outreach and i thank you have heard from a lot of people here that they have been to a lot of meetings. we're still committed to doing that outreach. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good evening. thank you, staff for the presentation.
i sat in your seed 25 years ago for a while and i am observing that it is all the same about density and affordable housing, and the need for, and the shortage, and how do we approach it? percentages on-site, off-site, paying into a fund, same thing, 25 years later. you recently purchased properties in the mission and the mcdonald property, and i want to congratulate the city and the mayor for doing that, and hopefully we will have two very good affordable housing projects. but we have 17 acres here that are at the door of city college that the city owns. we all own it. city college is back on its feet it has its accreditation