City posts new details on Beach Towers STIR project

In the past few days, the City updated updated the rezoning information on a STIR project at Beach Towers (Cardero and Harwood Streets), which we have been watching. Key aspects of the application are (1) along Beach Avenue, adding a five-storey residential building with two-storey townhouses at grade and three levels of housing above, and a partially submerged one-storey amenity building, (2) at the corner of Harwood and Cardero Streets, adding an eight-storey residential building, and (3) along Harwood Street, adding two 3-storey structures, containing 9 townhouses, on either side of the existing Columbus House building. According to the City, the proposal would add approximately 105,000 sq. ft. of density, resulting in an increase in floor space ratio (FSR) from 3.42 to 4.33 maximum permitted under current zoning is 2.2 FSR). The applicant has applied under the Short Term Incentives for Rental Housing (STIR) Program and all 139 new residential units are proposed to be market-priced rental. Full information, including downloadable documents are here. The online public comment function is open (we invite you to send copies to No date has been set yet for an open house or public hearing. WEN is watching this site in the context of the “No Rezoning without a Comprehensive Plan” petition now signed by over 11,000 people. For more info from the citizens’ perspective, visit

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