A formal proposal has yet to be made, but the Fortress Property Group has met with San Francisco’s Planning Department to explore the possibility of redeveloping the long-shuttered DeLano’s Market site at 1245 South Van Ness in the Mission with over a hundred units of housing.
Shuttered since 2010, Fresh & Easy was slated to take over the 21,450-square-foot grocery store back in 2012, but financial troubles have effectively killed those plans. And while rumors of various other players interested in the store continue to swirl, we’d be surprised if anything other than a complete redevelopment of the parcel, a parcel which is zoned for development up to 50-feet in height, occurred.
As envisioned by Fortress, the grocery store would be reduced to 7,000 square feet in size (which would be too small for a traditional player and about a third smaller than the Gus’s Market in the works at Harrison and 17th) and the remainder of the site would be redeveloped with around 125 condos.
Of course, the 1245 South Van Ness parcel sits squarely within the boundaries of Calle 24, San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District. And if a housing “moratorium” for the district should happen to be adopted, all bets are off.