1335-1339 Folsom Street Site

As we first reported a few months ago, plans to raze the existing Kung’s Trading Co. building on the southeast corner of Folsom and Dore and construct a seven-story building on the site are working their way through Planning.

1339 Folsom Street Design

The proposed development would reach a height of 65 feet at 1335-1339 Folsom Street, with 67 “Single Room Occupancy (SRO)” units averaging 385 square feet apiece, a community room/lounge for residents on the ground floor along Folsom in lieu of any retail, and a basement for storage and bikes.

And while the project has yet to be approved, the paperwork for the building’s permits has been filed and they’re pushing to have the building finished by the end of 2016.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by david

    excellent! build it.

  2. Posted by brooder

    An SRO? really? no ground floor retail?

  3. Posted by John Fagundes

    Again, another future slum, once the crash comes, or should I say comes again as in 2000 and 80s.

    Why isn’t our wonderful Sup Kim doing anything to stop this

  4. Posted by Anon

    new SRO = today’s housing relief, tomorrow’s blight

  5. Posted by MG

    Why the passive voice?

  6. Posted by zzzzzzzzzzz

    Does “SRO” automatically translate as subsidized housing? Or could this be market rate “microunits?” Big difference.

    • Posted by joe

      That’s what I was thinking. “Techie Slum” with food getting delivered around the clock. Starbucks and a hipster dive bar across the street. Walking distance to Costco. If it’s not expressly forbidden, I think market rates will prevail.

  7. Posted by Jamie Whitaker

    Will the planning department accept the ground floor being used for a purpose other than retail when Folsom Street has long been planned to be South of Market’s commercial corridor? I hope they insist on retail on the ground floor.

    What are the ceiling heights and number of stories?

  8. Posted by curmudgeon

    all the naysayers on here are getting tedious. Small units DOES NOT MEAN SLUM. What it does mean is that 67 individuals will be able to be housed in their own homes. Think for a moment how many San Franciscan’s share living space, and would prefer a micro-unit to 3 roommates in a 1100 square foot apartment. This kind of project fills a need, for particular demographics of SF residents who are not adequately served now.

    I’m mildly disappointed that there is no retail, but honestly retail along Folsom is spotty in this stretch, and there will probably never be the need for a continuous stretch of retail here.

  9. Posted by cody

    I’ve lived in an about 350 square foot apartment for 43 years & have found it to be more than adequate for a single person. I have a small kitchen and bathroom. I would not call my apartment building a slum – units rent for $2,000 a month. Of course it does help that I have a 50 square mile view! The city needs a lot more of this size housing.

  10. Posted by justsayNOtoSROs

    Yeah, let’s be like Tokyo! There’s a reason their suicide rate is so high.

    • Posted by david m


    • Posted by curmudgeon

      yeah, eyeroll. Japanese suicide rate is twice our. Our violent crime rate is anywhere from 5 to 15 X theirs. Care to correlate that?

  11. Posted by Mark F.

    SRO means they don’t have a full kitchen, right? Otherwise, wouldn’t they be studios?

  12. Posted by CC

    Y’all should have attended the neighborhood meeting. From my view point the builder is proposing a quality development. A SRO or micro unit I don’t know the difference but all units have kitchens. This is not to be confused with a SRO hotel. It is great to see a builder build something affordable in the City. Commercial means bar?or restaurant? something I do not want to live over.

  13. Posted by Jimlocale

    Good point CC! Many builders are utilizing SROs as market rate, no longer the case of affordable housing. I have no problem with the micro units.

    This corner need substantial revitalization, and this project brings what is needed!! Good job on this part.

    Facade could be more colorful, other than that, glad to see something going on in that area.

    Forget about commercial space in that location, this is not retail area, and will not be for long time, whatever is planned, I don’t see commercial space making it. Make better use of it!

  14. Posted by CantankerousWino

    Heh heh. Nothing like those 3 little letters to get people lathered up. I do wonder why there’s so much consternation about this smaller-than-other-condos project and not, say, THIS one nearby which has shared kitchens – yuck! I suppose it could encourage more restaurants & cafes opening in the area, as regretful inhabitants avoid their building’s “amenities”

  15. Posted by Sam

    Only in SF will people have to pay huge sums of money for a microapartment half the size of public housing. This size is not acceptable for public housing but here it is acceptable for those who pay full price. This project is intended to ensure the area remains a slum. The size of the units should be increased to make them a decent living environment.

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