101 Hyde Street Circa 2015

The limited-service post office at 101 Hyde and Golden Gate Avenue in the Tenderloin, which primarily provides post office boxes and package services to low-income neighborhood residents without a permanent address, is slated to be razed.

And as approved, an eight‐story building with 85 apartments over 5,000 square feet of ground‐floor retail space and an underground garage for 15 cars (and 86 bikes) would rise across the site.

101 Hyde Rendering

While a general appeal of the project, which focused on the impact of the development on existing Tenderloin residents and the neighborhood’s character, was unanimously rejected three weeks ago, a second and third appeal have been filed challenging the design variances which were granted for the project, allowing for the building’s corner element to extend an additional foot over the sidewalk below and for 28 interior units to face a courtyard that’s only 18-feet deep versus 25-feet as required by code.

101 Hyde Rendering: Bird's Eye

It is unlikely that the appellants will prevail, however, and the project team is hoping to break ground on the building as designed by Costa Brown Architecture, or perhaps flip the fully-entitled parcel, this fall.

9 thoughts on “Tenderloin Development Challenged (Again)”
  1. Build it. The TL definitely needs it. That PO is not providing much value if it is only being used for PO boxes. The part of the building closer to the corner looks great, but what’s with the trapezoidal windows? That is a very 70s trend that I was hoping was dead a long time ago.

  2. Have the drug dealers gotten interested in the entitlement process (to maintain their turf for a little while longer)?

    Honestly, I am sympathetic to maintaining PO Box service for those with inadequate or no housing, but this spot is a plague on the community-not an asset (unless you want to buy or use drugs). Maybe SF could force the postal service to provide security services instead of shutting it down, but I doubt the city has that much leverage for an outpost that fails to offer even basic services (like selling stamps).

    1. It’s easy to provide post office services in another space. Rent part of a shelf from a convenience store and fill it with mailboxes and license with the proprietor to hold packages too large for the boxes.

  3. Who is filing these appeals?

    IMO the city should SUBSTANTIALLY raise the cost to file an appeal, discretionary review, etc. All they do is slow down the development process and add cost, contributing to the overall increase in housing. Also increasing the cost to file an appeal, would help weed out frivolous appeals.

  4. As someone who lives down the block, can I challenge the challenge without causing more paperwork and delay? This is getting ridiculous – that development will be nothing but good.

  5. Getting rid of that post office is not going to get rid of the drug dealers in the neighborhood. They have built a few different places in the neighborhood over the last decade and the dealers just stay put.

    The new owners won’t have to get the weed delivery app, they will just have to take the stairs.

  6. I live here and I never do drugs Im a nice guy but I’m ready to F*CKING LOSE IT WITH THESE APPREALS. I would love a whole foods in there

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