1490 Ocean Avenue

As plugged-in people have known was in the works since 2011, the plan to raze the gas station at 1490 Ocean Avenue and build a four-story building with 15 condos over ground-floor retail and 15 parking spaces has been making its way through Planning.

This afternoon, the project is up for approval by the Planning Commission to proceed.

The project includes nine three-bedroom units and six two-bedrooms.

From the Planning Department which recomends the project be approved:

The project is desirable for, and compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. The additional building height is appropriate for a corner location and the building’s neo-traditional style is consistent with the neighborhood which is defined by buildings from the 1920s and ‘30s. The project site is much larger than the average lot within the District but it is located on a prominent corner site where a larger development is more appropriate to add emphasis and frame the intersection. The façade of the project will contribute to the positive visual quality of the district, which does not possess a prevailing architectural style.

As always, we’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

14 thoughts on “From Fill ‘Er Up To Build ‘Em Up On Ocean Avenue: 1490 Rendered”
  1. There are some ugly buildings along Ocean Ave and this proposed one is no exception.
    With close proximity to BART I suspect the area around Ocean Ave is going to continue the southern genetrification in the city. If you are a buyer being priced out of Noe, Glen Park and Bernal I’d definitely consider getting into this location.

  2. Yep, another ugly addition to the city. However, at least it’s catering to families with 2 and 3 BD units.
    A great example of infill is the building that houses the Trader Joe’s on University Ave. in Berkeley. Overall great look and ties in with period buildings in the area.

  3. Unfortunately, this does fit in with what is in the neighborhood, at least right on Ocean Avenue -unremarkable stucco construction from the 80’s, the last time gentrification visited this neighborhood.

  4. A grim building for sure. I guess it’s too much to ask that anything high quality or architecturally interesting ever gets built in this part of town.

  5. I’m usually annoyed when people post how they hate a design – usually subjective. But in this case – yikes – that’s so dated. It will look 30 years old when they finish with it.
    Off topic – whats going on with the Target on Geary and Masonic, is it happening? I haven’t been near there in ages and haven’t heard anything else about it.

  6. @Joel – I wish it’s true that Target is coming to Stonestown, but isn’t the site currently under construction for an LA Fitness?

  7. Thanks for the Target update. If there was any property in the city that needed redevelopment, it was that one.

  8. @mm – I’m not sure. This earlier article refers to LA Fitness moving into that same location (The former CompUSA location.) My guess is that Stonestown still has plans to build housing on their acres of parking lots, and wants to bring in tenants that are capable of sustaining a residential population.

  9. This whole area of the city is changing quickly. I heard someone even refer to it as the “New Bernal.” Sigh.

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