No red flags for the big Amazon project as proposed, but …
Planning’s preliminary review of Amazon’s plans to build a 58-foot-high distribution and delivery station on the Prime Showplace Square plot at 900 7th Street, a nearly 6-acre parcel bounded by 7th Streets, Berry , De Haro, Carolina and Channel, has been completed. And while the review did not raise any red flags, it did point out a number of concerns and (non-binding) recommendations.
According to Planning’s assessment:
To accommodate the mixture of [Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR)], design and residential uses near Showplace Square, development in the area must balance the need for movement of goods with the safety and mobility of pedestrians and cyclists.
The project site is located at the junction of Showplace Square, SoMa and Mission Bay…[and as] a particularly large block facing six city streets, the project site has the unique opportunity to improve connections between neighborhoods.
As currently designed, the project would bring many more trucks, cars, bicycles and pedestrians to the area without improving the connections for them. The proposed design would exclude the possibilities of a pedestrian urban facade along 155 De Haro and overlooking the project site, should the use change from a last mile installation.
Considering the location, size, street frontage, and freight movement activity of the project, Ministry staff recommend connecting the road network by extending Alameda and Carolina streets. This recommendation would improve access for deliveries, vehicles and pedestrians and is in line with the public’s contribution to the updated Showplace Square open space plan.
Additionally, to ensure safe access between the aforementioned neighborhoods, Planning wants Amazon to add safety features for pedestrians and cyclists along Berry Street. The Ministry recommends that Amazon explore the inclusion of a “small retailer or café” overlooking the proposed open space, in order to “significantly improve the building’s compatibility with the surrounding context”. And as “the number of parking spaces offered [at the facility] would result in a significant number of trips and would conflict with the City’s policy to prioritize sustainable modes of transportation. Planning recommends reducing the proposed number of off-street parking spaces for facility personnel.
And yes, as the San Francisco Sea Level Raise Action Plan identified the site as a future flood zone, “the project should raise the level of the finished floor to mitigate the risk of flooding.” “
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