Tomorrow the Planning Commission will hold its public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the affordable housing project slated for 200-214 Sixth Street – better known to you as the Hugo Hotel, or the building with all the furniture on it. This new project would demo the existing building in favor of a nine-story, 85 foot tower with 67 affordable family apartments, restaurant, retail, and community space. Designed by Kennerly Architects, construction of the new building is expected to start mid-2013, with occupancy in 2014. Fans of the furniture art installation known as "Defenestration" will have to get their last looks in while they can – despite an evaluation, the installation was found not to be a "significant cultural resource." But there are a few other environmental issues, including demo of the (non-furniture art related) historic building, noise, construction air emissions, and hazardous materials. The meeting tomorrow is the public hearing on the EIR, so feel free to show up and voice your opinion. If you can't make it, the city will be accepting written public comments til April 15.
· Draft EIR for 200-214 Sixth Street (pdf) [SF Planning]
· Previous coverage of 200-214 Sixth Street and the Hugo Hotel [Curbed SF archives]