The Planning Commission voted Thursday to give future tenants in an eight-unit condominium project at 736 Valencia one heck of a deck.
Despite neighbors concerned about noise and a suggestion by some to at least reduce the size, the commission said yes to a 1,500-foot roof-top deck at 736 Valencia St.
“I think there needs to be more open space,” said Commissioner Gwyneth Borden. “I wish I had a roof deck.”
In exchange for their approval, the commission ordered Ronald Mallia, the developer, to install “bird friendly” sound barriers and signs telling the future residents to keep the noise down. These concessions, they hoped, would appease the neighbors who opposed the deck.
The issue of the roof came out in the open when someone discovered and complained that the developer had no permit to build a roof deck.
Mallia’s lawyer argued that a building inspector told them they did not need one.
Neighbors said the deck would produce too much noise.
“Mr. Mallia does not live there or sleep there,” said Sue Hester, an attorney with the Mission Anti-Displacement coalition.
But a restriction to limit the deck to only four people after 10 p.m. also failed.
“How can anybody possibly enforce it and how would anyone would check it out?” Commissioner Borden asked.
The eight market rate condominiums were approved in 2007 despite opposition from some neighbors and the Mission Anti Displacement Coalition. Mallia, who also owns other properties in the Mission, bought the location for $5.2 million, according to property records.