An artist's rendering of the Mission Rock project is shown here. COURTESY SF GIANTS

An artist's rendering of the Mission Rock project is shown here. COURTESY SF GIANTS

Giants’ Mission Rock initiative submits signatures for November election

Supporters of an initiative to raise the height limit where the Giants have proposed a mixed-use development submitted more than 16,000 signatures to the Department of Elections on Tuesday.

The measure would increase the height limits to 90 to 190 feet for office and retail uses, and 120 to 240 feet for rental housing on up to 10 acres of the 28-acre waterfront property in Mission Rock, just south of AT&T Park. It needed 9,702 valid signatures of San Francisco voters before Monday to qualify for the Nov. 3 ballot.

The initiative must go before voters because of Proposition B, a measure passed in June 2014 that calls for voter approval of waterfront height-limit increases.

Earlier this month, a potential ballot box battle was averted when developers agreed to earmark at below market rate 40 percent of the 1,500 new rental apartments after initially proposing 33 percent below-market-rate units.

That eliminated the possibility of a separate measure, introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim on June 2, that called for additional below-market-rate units and shorter height limits.

Kim, below-market-rate housing advocates and developers reached a deal June 16 after 20 hours of negotiations, marking an unprecedented amount of below-market-rate housing in a major private development in The City.

But Jon Golinger, co-chair of No Wall on the Waterfront, which advocated for Prop. B, said the buildings proposed for the Giants’ development are too tall.

“The vast majority of the buildings are still either offices or luxury housing, and five of the buildings would be taller than 8 Washington,” Golinger said in reference to a contentious luxury condominium complex development along The Embarcadero waterfront that voters ultimately nixed in 2013.

“If 8 Washington was too big for the waterfront, then five 8 Washingtons are far too big for the waterfront,” Golinger added.

The Mission Rock development, however, received another key endorsement this week, from Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco.

“The San Francisco Giants’ Mission Rock project is a winner for the neighborhood and our city — creating new construction, green energy, and manufacturing jobs, building more middle class housing and opportunities for local small businesses, and adding an impressive array of parks and public open space,” Pelosi said in a statement.

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