555 Washington clears environmental hurdle 

The Planning Commission voted 4-3 Thursday to certify an environmental impact report related to the contentious 555 Washington corkscrew condo project.

The vote followed a heated three-hour hearing, during which some commissioners and members of the public argued that the report failed to properly analyze some of the environmental impacts of the 425-foot building, which is planned to be built next to the Transamerica Pyramid.

Commissioners Hisashi Sugaya, Kathrin Moore and Christina Olague voted against certifying the report.

The ruling, which could be appealed to the Board of Supervisors, does not constitute approval of the project.

Parks and planning commissioners were scheduled to cast a series of additional votes later Thursday and next month related to whether the tower will be allowed to be built as proposed.

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