As proposed, the vacant single-story warehouse at 49 Julian Avenue would be razed and a five story, 50-foot-tall building with eight two-bedroom residential units over at-grade parking for eight vehicles would rise adjacent to the Armory.
Opposing the project as proposed, the owner of said Armory who acquired the building in 2006 for the primary purpose of film production for Kink.com. The argument against:
This development raises 3 issues which are of concern to the preservation of the Armory, and to the ongoing restoration efforts. Each of these issues would be partially mitigated by requiring the developers to adhere to [new zoning limits which would limit the project to 45 feet].
1. Loss of light: Light will be lost to south facing, historically and architecturally significant Drill Court windows.
2. Obfuscation of curved roof: The signature curved roof will no longer be continuously visible from the exterior.
3. Incompatible adjacent Use: The proposed development places housing 4 feet from the Drill Court, where Armory Studios has pemitted work in progress to restore a place of legal assembly, with maximum occupancy 4080 persons.
In response to comments by San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Committee, the Project Sponsor has since removed a nine-foot high stair enclosure to roof and sloped the roof line of the required exit stair in an effort to reduce shadows on the adjacent Armory Building Drill Court windows and moved the fourth and fifth floor walls two feet to allow more light and create a wider separation between the Armory and the proposed project.
On Wednesday, the Historic Preservation Committee will have a chance to comment on the revised project before it heads to San Francisco’s Planning Commission on Thursday with the Planning Department’s recommendation for approval.