Approved yesterday: 1080 Sutter St., an 11-story, 35-unit residential building in the Tendernob. JS Sullivan Development went to the Planning Commission asking for a couple variances: one for the taller building, something of a bolder request looking for a one-to-one parking ratio with 29 parking spaces (where the code would normally permit 14). JS Sullivan argued the number of parking spaces was appropriate given that 22 of the building's units would actually be 3-bedroom units meant for families. One commissioner agreed, saying it wouldn't be "realistic" to expect a buyer of a 3-bedroom unit — likely with a family — not to have at least one car. Before the commission rubber-stamped the project, it did express reservations with Leavitt Architecture's design ("looks out of kilter or something") and with the "brick-like material" used for its facade — nothing a quick visit back to the drawing board couldn't fix.
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