Cap on Transbay Tower kept at 1,000 feet

The Planning Department has reaffirmed its recommendation that a landmark downtown tower should not exceed 1,000 feet in height.

In October 2008, city planners said they proposed capping the proposed Transbay Tower next to a rebuilt Transbay Transit Center at 1,000 feet, with surrounding buildings allowed to reach varied heights of up to 800 feet. The Transamerica Pyramid near North Beach stands at 850 feet.

The recommendations were part of a sweeping rezoning plan designed to drag San Francisco’s main downtown area south of Market Street to surround the transit center.

More than a year later, those recommendations have been finessed and typed up in a formal draft that’s available for review at the Planning Department.

Formal public hearings about the draft are planned to be held late this year.

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