A gas station and car wash at the corner of Oak and Divisadero streets. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Neighbors want more below-market-rate units in proposed SF development

Residents are generally supportive of a proposed mixed-use development that would replace a gas station and car wash at Oak and Divisadero streets, as long as enough below-market-rate units are included.

That’s according to preliminary results of a survey administered through Neighbors Developing Divisadero, a group that encourages residents to participate in development discussions.

Last week, the survey was sent to more than 800 residents via email and social networking sites, after documents were filed with the Planning Department on June 10 for the project at 400-444 Divisadero St. and 1048-1064 Oak St.

The proposed mixed-use development includes a six-story building with 160 residential units and up to 8,000 square feet of retail space. The car wash and gas station, along with two buildings on Oak Street, would be demolished, and a building at 1060 Oak St. would be moved to the east end of the site.

Of the nearly 200 neighbors who responded to the survey as of Tuesday night, 38 percent stated they would “actively support” offering half of the residential units at below market rate.

Additionally, the option of constructing 20 percent below market rate units off-site — which developers can do in lieu of a fee or building 12 percent on-site — was opposed by 27 percent of respondents.

Amy Farah Weiss, founder of Neighbors Developing Divisadero, said the survey respondents also indicated that neighbors want better tools to comment with The City on such developments. Weiss is also running for mayor in November.

The survey showed 58 percent of respondents are hopeful Supervisor London Breed, who represents the neighborhood, will encourage developers to include at least 33 percent below-market-rate units, as recommended by the nonbinding Proposition K passed last year.

Conor Johnston, an aide to Breed, said the supervisor supports more mixed-income housing and retail on that section of Divisadero Street.

The project is considered to be the largest proposed development along the corridor, but legislation introduced by Breed earlier this year would allow for more leniency around housing density on Divisadero Street between Haight and O’Farrell streets.

On Monday, the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee unanimously supported the legislation, which would transform that area from a Neighborhood Commercial District into a Neighborhood Commercial Transit District.

That means the number of housing units would no longer be dictated by parcel size, but rather by things like height and open space.densityDivisadero StreetLondon BreedOak StreetPlanningSan Francisco housing

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