555 Washington St. condo project hearing scheduled Thursday 

A proposal to construct a corkscrew condo tower that was designed to complement its much taller neighbor, the 850-foot Transamerica Pyramid, will be considered by city officials on Thursday.

Commissioners for The City’s planning and parks departments are scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. for a joint hearing that could see the project approved or rejected. Any decision is likely to be appealed to the Board of Supervisors.

We wrote in May that the 555 Washington Street condo project’s future hinges on its height and on the shadows that it will cast over parks – and little has changed since then.

The project needs special approvals to cast slivers of shadows over parks and to reach 425 feet, which is roughly twice the height for which the parcel of land was zoned.

Planning Commission chairman Ron Miguel said he expects a heated hearing.

“Some people were very involved in the old Prop K, which was about shadow impacts, and they were very involved with the downtown plan which set a lower height limit,” Miguel said. “There are a lot of issues that go back a number of years. People were very active at that time – and they’re still with us,” he said.

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