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Public comment period nears end for massive One Oak development

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A rendering of the entrance to One Oak (Image courtesy Build, Inc)
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A large mixed-use development planned for the corner of Market and Oak Streets is nearing the end of its public comment period. One Oak, a 40-story luxury residence building, is on the Planning Commission’s agenda for Thursday where a public hearing on the massive development’s 475-page Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be held.

The project will demolish the existing All-Star donuts, its adjacent parking lot, and a four-story, 48,225-sq.-ft. commercial building that houses Anchor, a shared office space.

In their place 40-stories will rise, containing 310 luxury apartments, ground floor commercial space, and an underground garage with 155 parking spaces for residents.

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Fifty-seven units will be studio apartments, 100 will be one-bedroom, 138 will be two-bedroom, and fifteen units will have three bedrooms.

Seventy-two permanently affordable units will be be built offsite on Octavia Boulevard, meeting the Mayor’s requirement that developers pay an Affordable Housing Fee to The City if affordable units will not be made available in their new developments.

Designs for the tall building were in the works for several years, while first Richard Meier & Partners and then SCB and Snøhetta architects tried to figure out how to create something that was luxurious in nature, but could also withstand the strong winds that blow through the Market, South Van Ness and Oak Street intersection. The final design has curves and “cuts” across the building to mitigate the gusts.

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According to the EIR the final design, shown above, will contain wind canopy structures to offset winds at a pedestrian level, which will naturally increase in speed once the tower has been built.

The project has not come without opposition: the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association (HVNA) penned a letter to Planning last year, opposing what they called “excessive off street parking at this transit-rich and walkable location.”

The design was criticized, with HVNA preferring the original design by Richard Meier, calling it “a remarkable and elegant landmark tower.” The new design was parodied by local illustrator Susie Cagle after being released.

Shadow impact for the large tower is also a concern, with evidence in the EIR that the project would cast shade as far as Patricia’s Green.

The project’s timeline is dependent on Planning, but Curbed reported last year that the developer hoped to break ground in April of this year, aiming for a 2019 completion.

The Planning Commission will hear public comments on the EIR Thursday, Jan. 5 at their weekly meeting. The meeting will kick off at 12 noon, and One Oak is number eight on the agenda.

Public comments on the project will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Jan. 10. If you can’t make the Planning meeting in person, comments can be emailed to lisa.gibson@sfgov.org.

 

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