1515 South Van Ness Avenue Site

Not to be confused with the modern 40-unit building which has already risen at 1515 15th Street, Lennar Urban has filed a proposal to raze the McMillan Electric building at 1515 South Van Ness Avenue, between 26 th and Cesar Chavez, with plans to construct a 160-unit apartment building on the Inner Mission site which stretches to Shotwell.

As proposed, the six-story development would rise to a height of 65-feet along South Van Ness, stepping down along 26th Street to five stories and a height of 55-feet along Shotwell.  And twelve (12) percent of the 160 units would be designated as below market rate.

Aside from a proposed 1,740 square foot commercial space on the corner of South Van Ness and 26th Street, the rest of the development’s ground floor would consist of either apartments or programming for the project, including a leasing office, an amenities room for the residents and a private 7,803 square-foot courtyard.

An underground garage would provide parking for 90 cars and the average size of an apartment as designed is around 890 square feet.

32 thoughts on “Lennar Planning Major Development in The Mission”
  1. Wonder if good ol Patrick McMillan had to come up with hard cash due to his unfortunate partnership venture in Sloane nightclub… seems the club is embroiled in all sorts of lawsuits including wrongful death. Lawyers still earn more than electricians.

  2. wow! I used to live a block away from this just waiting for this lot to get snatched up. Actually I heard my old building was also getting torn down (it was one unit over a storefront) to turn it into a multiunit building) so a lot of changes coming to the south Mission…

  3. Brilliant location bridging Mission and Bernal — and a perfect flat bike corridor to booming Dogpatch, Mission Bay, and Bayview.

    Salvation Army on Valencia next?

    1. Salvation Army next? It’s people like you that killed the vibrancy of this city. Why don’t you just move further south where you would be happier. You assimilate to a city, a city doesn’t assimilate to you.

    1. The entire North Side of Cesar Chavez from Shotwell to Harrison (2 long blocks) is housing currently projects. The project you’re talking about is in addition to the ones that are already in place.

      1. Oh, I misunderstand your use of the word “projects.” Yes, it is good to have a market rate building in the mix with all of the affordable housing.

        1. There’s a lot more bikes than there used to be, but sure it’s not the most pleasant place to bike. Maybe as Bryant and Potrero get built up…

    1. Not terribly effective if the only commercial space is on 26th and S. Van Ness. There should be a potential commercial space on Cesar Chavez, where we invested in new streetscape for people on foot, on bikes and in cars.

  4. Resident of SOMA, that backstory on Sloan Club is interesting. I just read a few of the yelp reviews…sounds like it was a pretty skeevy place. Good riddance…I wish we could get the Loading Dock back

  5. this is excellent news! I really hope this get developed without too much delay. This part of the mission could really benefit with a project like this, and SVN is an appropriate street for such high density….

  6. BTW, I have to assume this will be downsized. People in the hood will be screaming that 6 stories is too high, and it will be denser than what’s around. For reference the assisted housing on C. Chavez s 4 stories, the public housing (Bernal Hill Dwellings) is 3 stories, and the development over Walgreens @ Mission is 4 stories. I think this is only Lennar’s trial balloon; I can’t imagine that it will go forward this dense.

  7. This is great for the neighborhood and the height seems totally fine in relation to what’s around. We desperately need more housing in the Mission. I would hope for quality construction rather than cheap stucco like what has recently been put up in this area, i.e., at the corner Chavez and Mission.

  8. Cesar and Chavez affordable housing is 5 stories. Walgreens+condos is only 4 stories, but about the same height. The development may well end up only 5 stories, which is the planned height of much of the complex anyway.

  9. 890 sq ft as the average apartment size in this proposed project?
    Kinda really tiny. Why build 141 units of such small apartments?
    I don’t get it. Will someone please explain?

  10. 890 SF is a typical 2 bedroom being constructed these days. It will be cheaper than a 1200 SF 2 bedroom. And if the spaces are well-designed, they can be comfortable, and even feel spacious at the smaller size.

  11. That is helpful to know. The most difficult part is finding a really good architect who can maximize the use of space to appeal to renters in the short term and owners in the long term. Design once, appeal to many. Some older Edwardian homes fail to maximize useful space in today’s lifestyle.

  12. Wow. When I remodeled my Queen Ann house nearby, the planning department wouldn’t let me raise my house by six inches to accommodate an in-law unit, despite being zoned RH-3. Now they want allow a demo of a single story building and turn it into a 6 story 160 unit building down the street? I think in-laws in existing houses would provide much more charming units than the monstrosity that they are proposing. With that kind of development SE Mission is going to be a bunch of nice old houses surrounded by giant complexes, completely ruining the neighborhood vibe. I hope the planning department really thinks this through.

    1. That’s unreasonable to nix a project for an insignificant 6″ roofline rise. That small change would be imperceptible from the street.

  13. The Mission between 26th St. and Cesar Chavez already is filled with large apartment complexes, most of them affordable– at least 4 other large complexes, plus one across Cesar Chavez– though north of 26th Street is mostly smaller buildings.

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