Developers of the project, 555 Washington St. won the first round of approvals, over a conterversial 430-foot condominium tower on the same block as San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid.
The city’s Planning Commission narrowly approved the environmental study for the controversial project at 555 Washington St. by a 4-3 vote, but not before commissioners clashed repeatedly, including over how much the tower would shadow parks, whether it would kill nearby redwood trees, even whether a “reduction of interior house plants” could stop birds from slamming into the proposed building’s glass facade.
Aegon USA, which owns the Transamerica Pyramid and the entire block bounded by Clay and Washington and Sansome and Montgomery streets, wants to demolish a nine-story office building at 545 Sansome St. and a single-story building nearby to make way for an ecofriendly 248-unit condo tower and underground parking garage.
They also had a dustup over delaying a vote on land use approvals because there wasn’t proper public notification on one of the items. They were postponed until April 15.
Controversial Condo Project Moves Forward [SFGATE]