Despite widely publicized assurances to the contrary, plans to raze the Elbo Room to make way for new condos to rise at 645 Valencia Street are expeditiously moving forward and the meeting to officially present the project to its neighbors has been scheduled for next month.
As we first reported earlier this year, the owners of the Valencia Street building which is currently leased to the Elbo Room have been working on plans to raze the Mission district building and construct a five-story condo building with a bit of retail on the ground floor in its place.
While many felt our report overstated the intent and seriousness of the plans, including Matt Shapiro, the operator of the Elbo Room who dismissively posted that the Elbo Room wasn’t closing “any time soon” and that the owners of the building weren’t serious about acting on the plans, our report was actually understated.
As we substantiated, a detailed set of architectural plans had already been drafted for the project and the building’s owners had authorized the architects to act as their agents in submitting applications for environmental reviews, variances and Conditional Use, every step required to get the project formally approved.
And as a plugged-in reader reports, the pre-application meeting for the project at which the owners will officially present their plans to the building’s neighbors has been scheduled for November 6.