1228 25th Street Site

The awkward lot at the intersection of 25th Street and the Indiana Street on-ramp to Interstate 280 currently serves as a scrap and storage yard.  But as proposed, a five-story building for builders and makers could rise upon the Central Waterfront site.

1228 25th Street Design

As designed by Leavitt Architecture, the 1228 25th Street project would provide 11,500 square feet of flexible workspace for small enterprises, including a 1,500-square-foot rooftop space and a 450-square-foot lobby, along with 2,500 square feet of ground floor retail that could be outfitted as a café.

In order to qualify as Small Enterprise Workspace, as is proposed, the individual spaces within the building will need to be limited to no more than 1,500 square feet apiece as opposed to up to 2,000 square feet for a full-floor tenant as is currently drawn.  And while the proposal doesn’t include any parking for cars, ten Class 1 bicycle spaces would be constructed adjacent to the lobby.

Plans for four live/work lofts to rise upon the site were proposed and permitted fifteen years ago, but those plans were subsequently abandoned.

18 thoughts on “Urban Infill For Small Builders And Makers”
    1. Why green space? It’s not much use as a park for picnickers, because of traffic noise – and the feeling of being nearly under the freeway. It seems like this is precisely the use you’d want in this kind of lot. And it’s telling that it already is in a light industrial use.

        1. Exactly. The green space does not have to also be public space when abutting a freeway.

          In San Jose lots of the freeway on and off ramps have slivers of land that have mostly been turned into green space. Obviously not for public use, but green nonetheless. In San Jose many median strips are planted with a fast growing redwood that seems to not need so much water and does not become huge. Something like that could be done with this type of space.

          Along 280 near City College its a shame these redwood trees, or some other large tree, was not planted abutting the residential areas that run right up to the freeway. Green buffer, sound buffer. Near Baden below 280 so residents apparently got this idea and there are some trees growing on the sliver of land between the freeway and the homes.

          1. Because San Jose is an example? Perhaps we should build 6-lane roads for 10 cars per minute to use as well. San Jose has a bunch of those too.

  1. green space under freeway = homeless encampment.

    they’ll use it as a toilet until the neighbors stop coming to it.

  2. If this was designated as open green space it would only be utilized by the homeless. I HATE to say it but that is the most likely probability, and as such it would not be a benefit to the City populace at large. Given the proximity to the freeway i would bet that the homeless being driven (at least attempted) from showplace square and those at islais creek would take up residence in that space immediately. The coming El Nino is going to ultimately turn every freeway overpass that can provide refuge from the elements into an encampment and public space designation would basically be an invitation.

    Not long ago i went to a community meeting prior to the opening of the homeless navigation center near Mission/16th and it was made clear from SFDPW, homeless advocates, and the SFPD that open space under freeways is not ideal simply because use of right of ways for encampments, is not a high priority and that police action involves a number of complaints, which only leads to removal of homeless, clean up, all of which generally results in the homeless returning within 24 hours.

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