Development plan near Bay returns

A bayside housing proposal that was killed four years ago by supervisors has been redrafted by new developers as a larger project.

A 120-unit, 84-foot building at the site of the Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim Club near the corner of Washington Street and the Embarcadero was voted down by the Board of Supervisors in March 2004.

Club members and neighbors had objected to the loss of the southern end of the club and to the height of the proposed building, which matches The City’s height limit for the area.

Now, a plan is being floated to build two 84-foot buildings in a 170-unit project that would span the southern end of the sports club and the adjacent 27,000-square-foot triangular parking lot.

The parking lot is owned by the crash-strapped Port of San Francisco, which in recent years has turned to developing its lots to generate revenue.

The private gym club sits on land owned by the Golden Gateway Center, which has negotiated the sale of the 105,000-square-foot site to developers.

San Francisco Waterfront Partners, which recently developed Piers 1½, 3 and 5, has the rights to purchase the sports club property.

They recently released new development plans that include two newly designed buildings and incorporate the Port-owned parking lot.

The Port Commission will also seek proposals from companies interested in developing just the parking lot.

San Francisco Waterfront Partners President Simon Snellgrove said a “fallback plan” will also be created to develop only the Port-owned land in case The City rejects the plan to redevelop the sports club.

Lee Radner, a member of the Friends of Golden Gateway neighborhood group, which helped lead the fight against the previous proposal, said the group is still researching the new plans. “If it just changes into high-priced condos it’s going to have a devastating effect on the neighborhood,” he said.

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