793 South Van Ness Site

As we first reported earlier this year, the plans for developing the long-shuttered gas station site on the northeast corner of 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, which were approved in 2008 but then waylaid by the economy, are now back in play, with nearly twice as many units (54 versus 29) and parking spaces (44) proposed.

799 South Van Ness Rendering

As redesigned by Ian Birchall & Associates, the 799 South Van Ness building would rise to a height of 55 feet, with 5,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

A raised 3,800-square-foot rear yard on the second floor, and a 2,700-square-foot roof deck, would serve as open space for residents.

799 South Van Ness Open Space

And of course, the project could be waylaid anew if the proposed ‘Suspension of Market-Rate Development in the Mission District,’ Ballot Measure I, is passed this November.

12 thoughts on “Designs For A Five-Story Mission District Development”
  1. Ian Birchall & Associates, The Heller Manus of residential architecture. The additional units are to be applauded however.

    1. The skylights over the bay windows are a clever touch. In the end it all depends on material and finish selection. I suspect stucco throughout punctuated by metal or wood accents for the bays.

  2. This is a case where the moratorium could have a truly negative impact. This blighted corner has been a gross mess for as long as I have lived in the neighborhood and it needs to be redeveloped if South Van Ness will ever see its full potential realized. Market rate units (with BMR units included) is a far better use of this land than an abandoned gas station. I just hope that after the developer gets done fighting to get this built, that they have enough money to build with good materials.

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