New parking garages in District 3 under fire 

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu’s legislation that would require a special permit or, under certain circumstances, prohibit the building of a parking garage for residential buildings in District 3 neighborhoods, North Beach and Telegraph Hill, appears headed to the full board next week.

The board’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee voted Monday to adopt changes to the bill, such as recommendations from the Planning Commission as well as certain findings to support the rationale for the proposed law.

The committee is expected to vote on the legislation next Monday. It would require six votes by the board to become law.

“Last year during my first term in office I heard about the number of buildings in my district , in the north east part of the city where individuals  were being evicted in buildings that were associated with garage applications,” Chiu said. “We are tying to ensure that we are preserving housing where on occasion there are owners that choose e or would like to develop garages.”

The legislation would prohibit garages in cases where it would encroach on a sidewalk or in cases where there were no-fault evictions of tenants within the past 10 years.

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