The formal environmental review for a proposed 331-unit development to rise up to ten stories on the northeast corner of Mission and 16th Streets, at the entrance to the 16th Street BART Station, is about to get underway. And with it, we now have the latest renderings for the contentious Inner Mission development as designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill.
As proposed, the existing Walgreens, Hwa Lei Market, City Club bar, Mission Hunan Restaurant and Burger King on the 1979 Mission Street parcel would be razed to make way for the development, a development which includes over 30,000 square feet of all-new ground-floor retail space fronting Mission, 16th, and a redesigned BART Plaza.
An underground garage for 158 bikes and 163 cars – including 4 spaces for car sharing and 22 spaces for the retailers – would be accessed by way of a single curb cut on Capp Street.
In an attempt to win-over local opposition to the proposed project, the developer, Maximus Real Estate Partners, has offered to build new classrooms topped by an elevated 14,000-square-foot playground for the adjacent Marshall Elementary school, replacing the school’s existing playground which would be shadowed by the development.
The impact of the proposed development on the Spanish-immersion school’s existing playground and student body is a strong rallying cry for those opposed to the project.
Opposition to the development also includes those who are concerned about the ongoing gentrification of the Mission and advocates for the homeless who fear the development “will drive the down and out from their hangout at the BART station plaza.”