With surface area parking lots across San Francisco rapdily giving way to urban infill, a reader wonders what’s in store for the parking lot at 38 8th and Stevenson Streets that has been gated shut since early this year.
While The Holiday Inn, Inc. which owns the lot and adjacent hotel does plan to develop the site at some point in the future (“pending the return of favorable economic conditions”), at present they’re planning to renovate and reopen the lot with entitlements for a legal two-year stint having operated without for the past 26 years, a fact the Planning Department recently brought to the Inn’s attention.
As part of the Project, the lot will be improved to include landscaping and ornamental fencing along the street facing property lines, renovation of the storm drain, a new partial sidewalk on Stevenson Street as part of an accessible path of travel, installation of new street trees…and elimination of the existing curb cut along 8th Street.
With respect to the street trees, San Francisco’s Planning Code requires one new tree for every 20 feet of frontage when new parking is entitled. With 190 feet of frontage, ten new trees are required for this project but only three along 8th Street will be installed as the Department of Public Works has recommended the Inn pay an in-lieu fee for the remaining seven “due to several site constraints, such as the narrow sidewalk along Stevenson Street.”