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One-Person Appeal Holds Up SoMa Mixed-Use Project

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A proposed project in SoMa was cleared from environmental review back in March, but has now been appealed...by one person. 248-252 9th Street wants to demo existing storage buildings to construct a new five-story, 55' tall mixed-use building with 15 dwelling units, 2,858 sq.ft. of ground floor restaurant space, and a roof deck. As the appellant describes (in a handwritten letter, no less), the project is going to make too much noise and dust and will cause privacy issues for the neighbors, and wants wants a full-on environmental impact report prepared. There haven't been any other comments in favor or opposition of the project, so it seems like this person is an army of one. When someone appeals a CEQA decision like this, they have to make a "fair argument" for why they think the environmental review was inadequate, but Planning Staff is recommending that there isn't substantial evidence that an EIR is required.
· Appeal of Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration - 248-252 9th Street [SF Planning]