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.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Sutro_Tower

    Ian Birchall & Associates, The Heller Manus of residential architecture. The additional units are to be applauded however.

  2. Posted by moto mayhem

    i like it. i hope its at least 80% market rate

    • Posted by Sutro_Tower

      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.

  3. Posted by jayjay

    i hope it gets blocked!!!!

    • Posted by bpc

      Any particular reason why, or just general bitterness?

    • Posted by Patrick

      I hope the Mission moratorium goes down in flames!!

  4. Posted by Roooster

    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.

  5. Posted by Futurist

    Excellent use of this site. Appropriate scale and massing. solid, modern design. Build it now.

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