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Treasure Island Draft Guidelines Want to Avoid a Mini-Vancouver

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Yesterday, reports the SF Examiner, city staff and developers presented draft guidelines for the look and feel of Treasure Island's new eco-community, in particular towers. Looking to limit the shadow effect of a forest of skyscrapers, the plan is to go with a new trend toward slimmer buildings and to limit the width of towers with a menu of different sizes. To wit: a 600-foot tower can't be wider than 150 feet, while a 450-foot tower can't be wider than 145 feet. Short and stout, however, is apparently OK for buildings, with 70-footers able to go up to 200 feet wide. With all that said, the planning director stresses the point is to be flexible so the island doesn't look like Vancouver, with its perfectly machined and "boring" buildings. On the budget gap reported two months ago by the Chron: cutting on park spending and building larger housing units are among the moves being planned to get to the finish line.
· Treasure Island development slims down [SF Examiner]
· Treasure Island Plan's Got Some Creative Budget Stretching Ahead [Curbed SF]
· Treasure Island: Anti-Wind Street Grid + Mini-Telegraph Hill [Curbed SF]