What we said: "City leaders, if they can summon the will, have a chance to move the waterfront forward. A plan calling for ... condo apartments, a small-scale sports club, public walkways and retail stores makes far more sense than the limited and walled-off operation now in place. But this project will stall if localized protests dominate the debate." - Editorial, Feb. 19, 2012

 What happened: San Francisco supervisors crossed the first high hurdle in approving plans for a 134-unit condo project on the Embarcadero at 8 Washington street. It's a welcome outcome for a much-studied and seriously underused spot on the waterfront.

The project, in the works for five years, replaces a parking lot and tennis and swim club with a complex that ranges up to 12 stories high. The 8-to-3 vote with Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos and David Chiu opposed backs up an earlier Planning Commission approval and rejected appeals to rewrite a lengthy environmental impact study.

What's next: More public approvals lie ahead including a development agreement spelling out terms and dollars for the city. After losing, Chiu, whose district includes the project, declared "this project is by no means approved." Let's hope he's wrong, but dickering could push back the next decision date from June 12.

{rdrsp}What you can do: Contact the Board of Supervisors and urge them to move swiftly to end the delaying tactics and approve the project. Additional waiting time isn't warranted after the years-long reviews and studies that have characterized this dispute. A list of city supervisors and contact information can be found at www.sfbos.org.

This article appeared on page A - 17 of the San Francisco Chronicle


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