346 Potrero Rendering

Plans for a modern nine-story building with 70 condos to rise at 346 Potrero Avenue are slated to be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission this afternoon.  The development would replace the current car wash and billboard which are sandwiched between the Shell station and McDonald’s at the intersection of 16th Street.

346 Potrero Site

In addition to the condos, eleven of which would be Below Market Rate (BMR), Trumark Urban’s proposed project includes 1,600 square feet of retail space on the ground floor along Potrero, 43 parking spaces in an underground garage, and 5,000 square feet of open space at the rear and roof of the building, facing west.

346 Potrero Rendering: Rear

Designed by Handel Architects, the 85-foot-high building will cast some shadows upon the adjacent Franklin Square soccer field for about an hour in the morning before 10AM.

346 Potrero Rendering: Neighborhood Context

That being said, San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Commission has determined that the new shadow, which wouldn’t reach the children’s playground, would not be adverse to the use of the park, a finding which should be affirmed this afternoon and allow the development of 346 Potrero to proceed.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Conifer

    Quite convenient to the Bonhams auction house.

  2. Posted by Joseph A

    Project looks good with its mix of Retail & Residential , But I want to see the 2 corner lots redone also , though no idea how long the Mcdonalds lease has left , and Gas Stations are a pain to build over ,

    BUT , anyone want to bet that 359 & 450 Potrero begins the process to rebuild in the next 2 years?

    • Posted by CrockPot

      Linea was built over a gas station, seemed pretty hassle free.

      • Posted by formidable doer of the nasty

        This certainly would make a really crappy block a little less crappy. If the bulldozers “accidentally” flatten that McDonalds in the process I’m willing to look the other way.

        • Posted by formidable doer of the nasty

          Oops, didn’t mean to post that as a reply to CrockPot. Just a general comment.

      • Posted by KirkCLinn

        The Linea took two years longer to the point they changed it from having BMR to not

    • Posted by Joe Shmoe

      They aren’t touching the gas station…on the car wash.

  3. Posted by Michael

    Fantastic looking building and long overdue development. Would love to see Potrero Ave really bloom with taller buildings and a lot more density.

  4. Posted by invented

    Delish. 50 more please.

  5. Posted by VictorC

    Don’t do it! Keep the ghetto wash open forever!

  6. Posted by S


  7. Posted by Sierrajeff

    One incongruous McD’s down, and another now rendered equally out of place and vulnerable. Excellent.

    • Posted by Joe Shmoe

      Wrong. The McD is staying in place.

  8. Posted by jill

    this looks like a Howard Johnson

  9. Posted by Serge

    I like it. Has a structural expressionism look to it. Nice to see something that doesn’t look like it was built out of legos.

  10. Posted by Steve

    At least for quite a few years it won’t be a very pleasant place to live, on a noisy street with a McDonalds on one side, gas station on the other and a parking lot in back. And Handel’s projects often fail to live up to the renderings in their execution.

    • Posted by seriously

      I still don’t understand how all of Nema’s guts and mech equipment are allowed to just sit out like that. Can’t they at least screen it?!

      This project looks awesome, btw.

  11. Posted by mas

    This building looks good to you guys? It looks like a Holiday Inn from the 70s to me.

    • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

      That was also my first impression. Then I looked at the details and see a more contemporary feel.

  12. Posted by Gee Ess

    I’m excited. I walk by this intersection every day on the way to work and it’s such a craphole. Not the worst area in the city, for sure, but definitely in need of some “life”. Nine stories is pretty high (tallest nearby building is Hamm’s at the same height) but that means a little more density.

    A development like this could singlehandedly start transforming the neighborhood. Might we start seeing real walkable attractions soon?

    • Posted by emanon

      Start transforming the neighborhood? I hope you’re not referring to the word that shall not be named (hint: it starts with a “g”).

  13. Posted by Michael

    I think it looks great and I’m glad to see balconies because too few units in SF have them.

  14. Posted by unlivable city

    Wow with the epically crazy 16th & Potrero transit stops all around, the view of bedlam from that “open space” on the roof (chortle) should keep our 911 operators busy. The Potrero Center has also been up zoned to 85 feet and its only a matter of time before that thing is redone as another bulky housing block.

  15. Posted by Hola

    Why are San Franciscans so opposed to shade? Skin cancer is real, people.

  16. Posted by Oy

    Reminds me of the old Verducci Hall at SF State. They took care of that eyesore –

  17. Posted by jlasf

    Inspiration or rip-off? Actually, I hope it turns out this nicely.

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