The refined plans for a modern 9-story building to rise behind the one-story façade of the G&R Paint Company store at 1238 Sutter, between Polk and Van Ness, are slated to be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission next week.
As designed by D-Scheme Studio for Celtic Development, the proposed Polk Gulch building includes 37 condos units (a mix of studios, one-bedrooms, and twos) over two retail spaces, with a two-story retail space fronting Sutter Street and a smaller café space fronting Fern.
The project doesn’t include any off-street parking for autos (versus six spaces as originally proposed). And in fact, a proposed bulb-out along Fern would even re-purpose a bit of on-street parking to serve as an active public space in front of the café.
From the Lower Polk Neighbors community association with respect to the project:
Enriching and bringing life to our alleys is LPN’s top priority in the neighborhood and this project fronts Fern alley in an excellent way, including the bulbout design, vegetation and lighting.
Fern alley is one of our especially troublesome alleys for homelessness and unsavory activities so this in an important step for this particular alley.
While zoned for development up to 130 feet in height, as are the parcels on either side of the lot, the proposed building at 1238 Sutter Street would top out at approximately 90 feet.
San Francisco’s Planning Department recommends the project be approved as proposed.