SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco voters turned back a huge projected waterfront project in Tuesday’s election, with the defeat of Propositions B and C.
The measures addressed plans for 8 Washington, a proposed 134-unit condominium project along the city’s waterfront, north of the Ferry Building. Proposition C called for the city to increase the legal building height limits for the 8 Washington project, which had already been approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Proposition B was basically a companion measure that would have allowed the project to move forward.
Both were defeated handily, with each garnering more than 62 percent “no” votes.
“Tonight, San Francisco said ‘we stand up for our waterfront,’” said San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s President David Chiu. “San Francisco said ‘we need to make sure that our beautiful waterfront doesn’t become a wall on the waterfront. That we don’t become a Miami Beach or Manhattan.’”
Chiu said the vote sent a message to both the developer looking to build the condos, and to supervisors as well. He said it also shows the city needs more affordable, and not luxury housing.
Jon Golinger, who ran the campaign against the measures, said now the talk can turn to what should be done with that plot of land and some ideas that have been gathering dust.
“A green transit center maybe on this site, with recreation and retail,” Golinger said.
The project’s supporters did not comment following the election results.
Among the proponents were San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who said the project would create thousands of square feet of new public open space.
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