Plans to develop a four-story building, with 12 condos over two commercial spaces and a 12-car garage, upon the Cherin’s parking lot parcel on the southeast corner of Valencia and 18th Streets were approved back in 1981 but subsequently abandoned.
Last year, Pristine Parking, which leases and operates the parking lot when the adjacent Cherin’s Appliance store is closed, began subleasing space to a couple of food trucks, including San Francisco Organic Antique Ice Cream, the Juice Shop, and Senior Sisig.
And plans to convert the existing shed on the rear of the site into a “bonafide eating place,” add permanent outdoor seating between the shed and 18th Street, and allow beer and wine sales are now in the works.
As envisioned, the front portion of the parking lot would remain open for Cherin’s customers during business hours, but the bonafide eating place would operate seven days a week, with extra tables and permitted food trucks parked in the rest of the parking lot after-hours.
And yesterday, San Francisco’s Zoning Administrator formally determined that the use of the 701 Valencia Street site would be permitted as proposed, assuming some administrative issues with the current operation of the parking lot (which has been tagged for operating as a commercial parking lot without proper authorization) are first resolved.
The parcel is zoned for development up to 55 feet in height.