346 Potrero Site

The old Follow Charlie car wash at 346 Potrero Avenue has been shuttered and the permits which will allow Trumark Urban to start clearing the site and construct a modern nine-story building with 70 condos over 1,600 square feet of retail space and parking for 43 cars are close to being approved.

346 Potrero Rendering

The development will be sandwiched between the Shell station and McDonald’s at the intersection of 16th Street and Potrero.  And as designed by Handel Architects, the development includes 5,000 square feet of open space at the rear and roof of the 85-foot building which will overlook, and slightly shadow, Franklin Square.

346 Potrero Rendering - Rear

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by guest

    What’s striking about this rendering is actually the amount of empty/parking lots and crap around the new condo — could build thousands of units of housing pretty easily in that picture

    • Posted by Just My Opinion

      two words: Site assemblage. Not pretty easy. Very hard.

    • Posted by Jake

      One of those parking lots is part of Franklin Square Park. And the full block width slice between the park and this development is the SGI center. That leaves the gas station and McD to either side of this.
      There is a parking lot a couple blocks away on Florida that I think is planned for housing. Otherwise, this corner southwest of 101 has many 2-3 story buildings that could be replaced with housing. Maybe more of that as nearby showplace square fills up.

  2. Posted by Hola

    FInally. Let’s get it done!

  3. Posted by curmudgeon

    until the gas station and the macdonald’s disappear it will remain an unappealing block.

    • Posted by two beers

      It’s an industrial neighborhood. It’s prime PDA territory. What’s wrong with gas stations and mickey d’s? Anything short of Charles Phan for that block is an insult!

      • Posted by SFrentier

        That McD is totally ghetto. Can’t have that around anymore. Perhaps a Blue Bottle?

  4. Posted by Michael

    I really like the look of this building. It’ll be a great addition to the neighborhood.

  5. Posted by Serge

    Has a structural expressionism feel going. Interesting to see this design being used again since it was really popular in the 70s.

  6. Posted by Jesus

    But where will I go for low-water-pressure car washes with a poor-performing soap brush?

    • Posted by two beers

      No affordable car wash for you! Full-price full-service car washes all around!

    • Posted by LEM

      You mean the one where birds crap on your car right when you finish washing it? Happened to me – inside the bay mind you.

      That car wash was disgusting. Vagrants crawling around, doing all sorts of illegal things in the back. Good riddance.

  7. Posted by Bobby Mucho

    It’d be great to see this intersection / area fill in a bit, and better connect Lower Potrero > the Mission. I can’t recall if the upcoming Potrero Ave upgrades are going to stretch all the way down here, but a planted median + trees + new sidwalks + fresh pavement would be amazing.

  8. Posted by Mark

    A $1M+ condo with spectacular views! Not.

    • Posted by Emanon

      Actually, the western views of the Castro, Upper Market, Twin Peaks, Corona Heights, and BV Park should be pretty nice!

    • Posted by ph_goat

      Downtown views out the front and Twin Peaks sunset views out the back. Bonus views of the soccer pitch to the west. Add in the sweetly toxic aroma of french fries and gasoline and what’s not to like?

  9. Posted by Edward

    Building looks nice but who in their right mind would buy next to a gas station?

    • Posted by Emanon

      All the folks living at One Rincon Hill?

    • Posted by gribble

      People who live inside a large condo building that will be almost entirely unaffected by a gas station next door?

    • Posted by Fishchum

      The people lining up for places at 45 Lansing?

  10. Posted by Someone stole my burrito

    My god. Look at the density! It’s almost indistinguishable from New York!

  11. Posted by Emo

    One small step for development, one giant leap for Potrero.

  12. Posted by moto mayhem

    it looks like a howard johnson motel from the 1970s

  13. Posted by San Francisco

    that building is so ugly

  14. Posted by dotpocalypse now

    I agree. What is up with that building? They should look at what’s was built over at 16th and Bryant behind the Double Play. Its in a really un gracious location but works like a charm. This looks like some old motel on the lesser end of the Vegas strip that’s waiting to be torn down.

  15. Posted by Adam

    The above comments are why our city is so homogenous in its styling these days.

    • Posted by Sierrajeff

      +1. Would much rather have this than yet another square-bay glass and steel box.

      • Posted by SFrentier

        +2. Some diversiy in new construct, please.

    • Posted by Joel V

      Haters gonna hate, hate, hate…

  16. Posted by two beers

    How does this meet the NEMIZ PDA requirements?

    Who got paid off?

  17. Posted by two beers

    Love the shadow on Potrero! So urban!

    • Posted by actionless action

      you have to look on the bright side, which is the western side where the prevailing winds come from…they are building a wind shadow for the pedestrian schleps…more walls on windy hills, please.

  18. Posted by Jack

    A new car wash is under construction next door to Lowes on Bayshore Boulevard with a planned
    Opening in August.

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