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    Apr292011

    SF Business Times: "Treasure Island: What’s not to like?"

    By John Stewart Date, San Francisco Business Times

    It might seem hard to believe, but after six years of review and $45 million in predevelopment expense, the Treasure Island project passed San Francisco Planning Commission by only one vote, 4 to 3!

    Reviewing an Environmental Impact Report is, by definition, a critical public process, during which good news can travel slowly or be obscured.

    In the case of Treasure Island, there seems to be an agreed upon fiction that 8,000-units of housing density may constitute a negative environmental impact. If true, we should start vacating Russian Hill, Chinatown, Downtown, Civic Center, Nob Hill, North Beach and the Marina.

    At 20 units per acre, the Island’s density will actually be relatively low. Census tracts on the northeast section of San Francisco are typically between 24 and 57 units to the acre. The North Beach Place project at Bay and Taylor streets is 82. As San Francisco neighborhoods go, Treasure Island will be one of the smallest while leaving enough critical mass to be economically viable. A fine balance, kudos.

    Read the full story.

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