I rent a block north of these. The local homeowners were up in arms with this project and there were posters circulated to “Save Leavenworth Street.” I think the neighbor to the south of these was particularly peeved: theirs is a beautiful & stately Julia Morgan home.
Story goes, as I understand it from the public hearings…was that someone purchased the place and then intimated to one and all that they were going to rehab the place and live in it with extended family. Whether or not that was ever the intention, they then requested to transform the existing and deteriorating 3 (or 4) units into the current six units. The owners/developers claimed that the existing structure was in too far a state of neglect to be saved, including troubled foundation. The locals/neighbors claimed that the owner was leaving the place in intentional neglect to facilitate the desired teardown/development.
From a plugged-in tipster’s personal archives (and our inbox) above and below:
I love how they made the picture of the proposed condos in B&W and to appear threatening or haunted in a Vincent Price sort of way. The pictures of the proposed rehab of the existing structure is in happy color and even has three Telegraph Hill parrots flying happily over it.
That didn’t apparently persuade the planning commission…but I figure the delay the locals created cost the developers a hell of a lot of money, since if this has been started in 2004 and completed in 2006, they would have been in the thick of insanity and have pulled down Big Ca$h on each condo very quickly.
And once again, as constructed (less the ominous clouds):
∙ 2125-2135 Leavenworth: From One To Two And Six (New Condos) [SocketSite]
∙ San Francisco Planning Commission Minutes: Thursday, June 15, 2006 [ci.sf.ca.us]