A transit-focused residential tower the Bay Area Council Housing Committee recently endorsed that will add badly needed units to San Francisco’s housing stock this week won Planning Commission approval. The Council testified in support of the project at a hearing on Thursday (Sept. 3) before the 5-1 vote in favor. The sleek, elegant building at 75 Howard Street will rise 20 stories, include 133 condominium units and feature almost 6,000 feet of street-level retail space for shops, restaurants and other neighborhood-serving small businesses. It will replace a hulking, eight-story concrete parking garage. Architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP designed the building for property owner Paramount Group. To request the Housing Committee consider a project for endorsement, contact Senior Vice President Matt Regan.

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