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31-Story Residential Tower Project in SoMa Hopes for Approval

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Tomorrow the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report on a new tower project set for SoMa. The existing eight-level parking garage at Howard and Steuart Streets is set to be demo'd in favor of a 31-story, 348-foot-tall, residential high-rise tower with 186 market-rate condos, 172 parking spaces, and ground floor retail. It'll also include a new 4,780 sq.ft. landscaped public open space. The project also includes a couple of variations, including one for 109 residences and 82 hotel rooms, and one that includes an additional 91 public parking spaces. Predictably some neighbors are already calling the tower design too tall, would cause shadows, and would removed public parking. If you have any opinions, the hearing will take place tomorrow afternoon, but written comments will be accepted til September 16.
· Draft Environmental Impact Report (pdf) [SF Planning]
· 75 Howard [Paramount Group, Inc]
· 75 Howard [Rincon Neighbors]
· Mixed-Use Highrise Tower Looks to Build Near Waterfront [Curbed SF]