Shadows can fall on parks from 555 Washington condo tower 

The proposed 555 Washington condo tower near the Transamerica Pyramid will be allowed to cast shadows on surrounding parks, city officials ruled Thursday.

The shadowing effect of the corkscrew condo tower had been fiercely opposed by some neighbors and other residents.

But the Planning Commission voted 4-3 Thursday to allow the shadows to fall on the parks. The ruling could be appealed to the Board of Supervisors.

The vote followed an earlier successful ruling for the developers, when commissioners narrowly agreed to certify the project’s environmental analysis, which is required under California law.

Commissioners plan to meet again April 15 to continue deliberations related to the project.

Commissioners Hisashi Sugaya, Kathrin Moore and Christina Olague voted against allowing the shadows. The same commissioners also voted against certifying the environmental impact report.

 

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