Considered a potential Historic Resource for the ‘Inner Mission Reconstruction Historic District,’ the redevelopment of the garage known as Jay’s Auto Body Center at 1721 15th Street, between Little Star Pizza and The Monastery, could be a little tricky.
But the owners of the building have met with San Francisco’s Planning Department to explore the possibility of ‘converting’ the garage into a 27-unit condo project. And the building is about to hit the market listed as a ‘development opportunity’ by the Urban Group.
A bit of background from Planning with respect to what makes the district, and various buildings within it, historic:
After the Inner Mission North was destroyed by the earthquake and fires of April 1906, the reconstruction of the neighborhood involved three phases.
The initial “relief” phase, which ended in 1908, was characterized by small ad hoc cottages and shacks that provided immediate, temporary shelter for the desperate refugee population, and by hastily erected shops and stands that were critical in providing for the flows of common goods and services, as well as cash, that helped to sustain the area’s refugee population.
The second phase of “rebuilding” involved the construction of permanent replacement structures, which in some instances began immediately after the 1906 fires, and in other instances continued well into the 1910s.
During the final phase of post-fire “recovery” that extended into the 1920s, the permanent resettlement of uprooted populations in rebuilt neighborhoods such as the Inner Mission North was finally achieved.
Within the historic district, which is part of the most urbanized area of the Inner Mission North, only a very few small, plain buildings remain intact from the early “relief” era. Most of the extant buildings represent the permanent “rebuilding” period, during which substantial multiple-story structures were erected to replace either destroyed buildings and/or the earliest temporary structures.
The garage at 1721 15th Street was built in 1916, on a site which is now zoned for development up to 55 feet in height.