1100 Ocean Avenue Site
The 1100 Ocean Avenue site above, the design for development below.
1100 Ocean Avenue Rendering
And the plans as proposed:

The proposal is to demolish the existing bus shelter and surface parking lot and to construct a mixed-use, five-story, 55-foot-tall building totaling approximately 86,500 gross square feet (gsf) with five-off-street parking spaces all as part of a Planned Unit Development (PUD). The project would include 71 affordable dwelling units and approximately 7,300 gsf of ground-floor commercial space (tenants not yet determined). The project requires subdividing the 30-acre lot creating a 25,772 square-foot lot with approximately 137-feet of frontage on Ocean Avenue.

The project is a joint partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Housing and the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. The building will have four levels of residential occupancy above ground-floor retail space. The residential units will be provided as follows: (18) studio units, (18) one-bedroom units, (21) two-bedroom units, and (13) three-bedroom units. Forty-eight percent of the units contain two bedrooms or more. The units are 100% affordable with approximately 21 of the units intended for occupancy by young adults transitioning out of foster care. The remaining residential units are intended for occupancy by households earning less than 50% of area median income. The parking garage is located at grade level and is accessed from the Lee Avenue extension. The garage contains five-off-street parking spaces including a handicap accessible space and a car share space. The building will have 32 class 1 bicycle parking spaces for the residential space and four class 1 bicycle parking spaces for the commercial space. The remainder of the ground floor will provide supportive service and community space.

The Project includes approximately 7,841 square-feet of on-site residential open space with the remainder of the open space requirement being met by the proposed adjacent public plaza open space. The adjacent open space will be developed by the City separate from the project. The primary areas of on-site open space are located within the courtyard at the podium level and the rear yard.

The project requires a Conditional Use Authorization and exceptions (including rear yard, open space, and permitted obstructions) to continue, all of which the Planning Department recommends the Planning Commission approve this week.
1100 Ocean Avenue Hearing Summary, July 22, 2010 [sf-planning.org]

22 thoughts on “The Designs (And Approvals) For 1100 Ocean Avenue As Proposed”
  1. This seems an odd partnership at least with the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, considering this is nowhere near Bernal Heights, but beyond that seems like a potential for over 100 tenants with 5 parking spaces again am i missing something?
    The addition of commercial space seems to exaperate the disparity between residents and parking, because i doubt Kragen will be so inclined to offer up their parking lot. Riding a bike is great, especially when an area is conducive to it, but Ocean Ave. is not one of those places.

  2. The BHNC is a developer of low income housing, they don’t care where they build them, as long as they get the money..

  3. It must say something about a city and its planning processes that developments for outlying, almost suburban locations are indistinguishable from those intended for close-in sites.

  4. Kragen has already been shut down, may even have been eminent domain. Whatever parking this has is all it’s gonna get, although I don’t see that as a problem because realistically — no matter what the intent — this’ll probably end up 85% rented out to City College students. And that’s a good thing. Especially int’l students who don’t have local contacts and rent a garbage in-law in Ingleside with shady landlords because it’s relatively cheap.
    We think of City College as a commuter school for local kids staying with Mom & Dad, but there’s a sizable population of int’l students that are actually recruited by the school ‘cuz of the high tuition payments.

  5. “It must say something about a city and its planning processes that developments for outlying, almost suburban locations are indistinguishable from those intended for close-in sites.”
    Suburban is what way? Not following this train of thought

  6. 36 was rerouted away from here,but the 43, 49, 8X, etc all call frequently. It really is a pretty good place for a no-car CC student. In general, looks like good forst steps toward BalBoa Park Plan. Can’t wait for that over-the-freeway park.
    Post-foster care transition – is this the same function nimby-ed out of Cow Hollow last spring?

  7. Snark…yes the concrete is an old reservoir that is used for parking by CC. There have been proposals in the past to develop the site, but the neighborhood has gone ballistic. I think it was maybe even on the ballot a decade or so back? It’s incredibly ugly, and hopefully SOMEDAY something will happen there….

  8. The reservoir is already half gone. There’s a new geothermal plant sitting on the southern half of the old reservoir.
    They also removed the southern berm and used that material to raise the parking lot to street level on the remaining northern half.

  9. Average Joe: These won’t be rented to City College students, unless they are transitioning out of foster care. 21 of the units go to foster care kids who’ve turned 18, and the other 50 go to low income families.

  10. It’s a tribute to the architecture of the new classroom building with geothermal heating that someone would mistake it for a geothermal plant.

  11. Eric (not in SF) – I swear the construction info sign in front specifically called the building a geothermal plant. I’ll be by there in two weeks on the bus and I’ll check again.

  12. The neighborhood is already way too congested and overpopulated. There is no parking and traffic is terrible. This is a bad idea. The photos on this site are old. Someone needs to update the photos.

  13. Aftermoving to Sunnyside from the Inner Sunset, what strikes me is how fewer people make so much more traffic. Sunset had a street grid with lots of different routes from A to B. The City Beautiful Residential Parks between West Portal and Balboa Park force everyone onto Monterey and Ocean. So congested, yes. Overpopulated, no. If we had more population in the area, or at least more affluent population, we might support a decent grocery store.

  14. I don’t want low income housing to come to the neighborhood. Geneva Towers is finally gone and it ruined the surrounding neighborhoods. To bring back low-income housing is repeating bad history for a neighborhood we are trying so hard to revitalize. What low-income people are going to be able to afford Whole Foods grocery? Whole Foods will be the first real commodity for this neighborhood, but if we keep sending people to this neighborhood who can’t afford it, Whole Foods will disappeat and a chance for this neighborhood to be desirable will be gone. I’m sick of being embarassed of where I live. We have nothing here. Sure I want to save the small business, but what other businesses are attracting people to shop at these small businesses for them to thrive. C’mon give then neighborhood a chance and try to attract people who have money to spend. Maybe our property values will increase. And can everybody stop hanging their laundry in front of their house? Its disgusting! And as for parking stop putting cones and you rgarbage cans to save a spot,its not your parking spot. We need quality people in this neighborhood to be proud.

  15. I am so disappointed that is project is for low income people. This neighborhood is already way under market vaule , with more low income people coming in will make these neighborhood worst, and definitly much more congested than it is already is. The Units should be availble for the public as well, especially it is so close to City College!

  16. Average Joe: Dan is right.
    TEJ: yes, but the Cow Hollow project is moving ahead (Edward II)
    Socketsite: no mention of Mercy Housing, huh?

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