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Planning Commission approves SFMOMA Expansion

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[Rendering via Snøhetta]

This afternoon the Planning Commission debated the Certification of Final Environmental Impact Report for the SFMOMA Expansion by Norwegian firm Snøhetta. The project expands the existing SFMOMA (with a 200-foot-tall, 230,000-square-foot addition) and demos-and-relocates Fire Station No. 1 from 676 Howard Street to a new building at 935 Folsom Street. First up, since it was the final certification of the (very long) EIR, public comment was kept short, and it was certified.

Next, the commish had to approve a thousand technical bits, including adopting the findings under CEQA, find the project consistent with the General Plan, amend the General Plan, and rezone the sites. Public comment was all super positive for the project. Even Commissioner Moore commented on how unusual it was that there wasn't opposition. The only real beef was from the owners of the W Hotel, who are concerned about vehicle and maintenance access to their building. Commissioners said too bad to the W, the museum is going to be a major thumbs-up for the nabe and the city, and unanimously approved all the items, sending the project on to the Board of Supes for final approval.
· SFMOMA: The Shape of Things to Come on Third Street [Curbed SF]
· San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion / Fire Station Relocation and Housing Project [SF Planning Dept]
· SFMOMA Picks Snøhetta for $250M Expansion Design [Curbed SF]