As 740 Washington currently looks above, and as is (roughly) proposed below.
The proposed project would involve the demolition of an existing vacant, 41-foot high, three-story-over-basement, 13,500-square-foot building constructed in 1907 in the Chinatown neighborhood of San Francisco. It would include the construction of a four-story-over basement with mezzanine, 50-foot-tall, 17,336-sq.ft. building, which would contain a new institutional use, a ground-floor senior center (4,450 square feet), 18 affordable senior residential units in the upper floors (9,578 sq.ft.), and storage and building service space in the basement (3,308 sq.ft.).
A fair number of Conditional Use authorizations, variances and approvals would be required to proceed (height, bulk, coverage, shadows, etc.). And yet all of which might seem trivial as compared to the following:
The Historic Preservation Commission will review and comment on the Draft EIR, including preservation alternatives and building design, because the site is located in the National Register-eligible Chinatown Historic District.
In fact, the building is listed on the California Register as a contributor to the District.
∙ 740 Washington: Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) [SFGov]
∙ Landmarks Preservation: Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Fire? [SocketSite]