Appeal filed against downtown mall 

Plans to build a mall at the economically wrecked junction of downtown and the Tenderloin could be delayed after transit, cycling and pedestrian advocates filed an appeal.

Construction plans for CityPlace were approved by the Planning Commission on June 9, but nonprofits Liveable City, Walk San Francisco and resident Arthur Levy filed an appeal claiming more environmental analysis is needed.

The appeal relates to plans to build parking beneath the glass-façade mall, which is planned on a sketchy stretch of Market Street filled with vacant storefronts between Fifth and Sixth streets.

An environmental review, which is required under California law, failed to properly analyze “the impacts of the project on pedestrian safety and circulation, bicycle safety and circulation, automobile traffic volume, safety and circulation and transit circulation,” appeal documents state.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider the appeal on Sept. 7, according to City Planner Debra Dwyer.

If the appeal is upheld, additional environmental analysis would be required before construction could begin.

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