Arts Commission Sends Dolores Plan Back to Drawing Board

The third review by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Civic Design Review Committee (CDRC) for the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan did not go well. After reworking the plans of both the north and the south restrooms for the second CDRC meeting, the architectural team took the committee’s suggestions to bring more light into the north restroom, presented the reworked plan for a pre-review critique, only to be shot-down at yesterdays CDRC.

The nixed South restroom plan.

The nixed South restroom plan.

This could significantly delay the approval by the other major review now under way, the SF Planning Commission’s Environmental Review according to Jake Gilchrist, Rec and Park project leader.

“The design changes have to go into the historic impact review,” said project leader Jake Gilchrist after Monday’s meeting. If the environmental review is slowed down due to changes, it might delay the entire project.” –Mission Local

I talked to Jake by phone this morning and he confirmed he is worried the project’s start date could be delayed.  He says he is working with both CDRC and planning staff to keep the project on track.

The project did reveal several other key decisions in the latest report to the CDRC, a list of proposed trees and shrubs, light fixtures and furnishings. The list of plants for the Western Slope looks very imaginative, a colorful mix of low maintenance, low water Mediterranean  xeriscaping.

Dolores Park Western Slope Palette

Dolores Park Western Slope Palette

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