A hulking, eight-story concrete parking garage near San Francisco’s iconic waterfront would be replaced by badly needed housing under a plan the Bay Area Council’s Housing Committee has endorsed. A sleek, elegant building proposed for 75 Howard Street would rise 20 stories and include 133 condominium units and almost 6,000 feet of street-level retail space for shops, restaurants and other neighborhood-serving small businesses. By putting housing in an area that is seeing meteoric growth in jobs and is served by a robust mix of transit options, the project supports San Francisco’s goals of discouraging the use of automobiles.

The Housing Committee agreed with property owner Paramount Group that the project’s strong connections with transit, including BART, MUNI and ferries, and its close proximity to the new Transbay Terminal will provide both economic benefits and enhance the neighborhood walkability and livability. Paramount Group says the project, which is designed by leading architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, will support 250 construction jobs and 82 permanent neighborhood jobs.

To help solve San Francisco’s chronic housing shortage, 75 Howard Street needs your support. The project goes before the San Francisco Planning Commission on Sept. 3. Add your name to the growing list of supporters>>

To request the Housing Committee consider a project for endorsement, contact Senior Vice President Matt Regan.

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