A proposed series of luxury condominiums that would rise along San Francisco's waterfront - and has raised the ire of neighborhood groups - is moving toward completion.

The city's Port Commission will hear Tuesday an informational presentation on a proposed residential and commercial development at 8 Washington St.

The development would sit on a triangular-shaped site bounded by the Embarcadero to the east, Washington Street to the south and, to the west, Drumm Street and a private pathway from the street through a neighboring outdoor recreational center, the Golden Gateway Tennis and Swim Club.

The plan calls for two new residential buildings - one of up to six stories along the Embarcadero, and another of up to 12 stories along Drumm Street. Connected at the ground floor, the buildings would contain about 165 residential units, 420 underground parking spaces, and space for shops, bars and restaurants.

The Golden Gateway Tennis and Swim Club and surface parking lot would be demolished to make way for the project. The club's manager, Western Athletic Clubs, would operate a new one-story health club north of Jackson Street, containing an indoor fitness center, two outdoor pools, a spa and four outdoor tennis courts.

A group of users dedicated to preserving the existing club is suing the developers and multiple city agencies in an effort to stop the project. But the development has been praised by many, including urban designers and park advocates, for creating public space and improving waterfront access.

The project is tentatively scheduled to go before the Planning Commission this winter.



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