Despite the Planning Department’s support for the project two years ago, San Francisco’s Planning Commission denied Orchard Supply Hardware’s bid to convert the Pacific Sales building at 975 Bryant Street into a 33,000 square foot OSH with a nursery on the roof, raising a number of questions as to the Planning Commission’s role.
New plans for the site are now in the works. And as proposed, the Pacific Sales building will be razed rather than re-used in order to make room for a four-story development with 184 residential units over 117 parking spaces in a basement garage.
As noted by the Planning Department, the newly proposed project is generally consistent with the overarching objectives of the neighborhood. (Of course, OSH’s plan was deemed by the Department to be “desirable for, and compatible with the surrounding neighborhood,” as well.)
The Planning Department is encouraging Thompson Dorfman Partners, the development team behind Bay Street Emeryville and this proposal, to include “Living Alley” improvements along the adjacent Kate Street as part of their plans. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in as the proposal evolves.