2444 Lombard Street Site

The formal application for a four-story building with 53 condos over a ground-floor retail space and garage for 53 cars to rise across the former Blockbuster parcel at 2444 Lombard Street in the Marina, which is currently occupied by Wolf & Lion, has been submitted to the City and is now under review.

While the preliminary plans for the development included up to 11,000 square feet of retail space, as we first reported last year, the commercial component for the proposed project has been reduced to 2,000 square feet, roughly a fifth of the existing store’s size.

And while the development makes its way through Planning, an application to covert Wolf & Lion’s existing parking lot into a paid commercial lot for up to two years is in the works as well.  As a condition of approval, 15 of the current 23 parking spaces would be required to remain available for Wolf & Lion customers during business hours, with the focus on paid parking after 7PM. An application to commercialize the parking lot was denied last year.

Pet Food Express had intended to renovate and occupy the former Blockbuster Video building with a long-term lease but was twice denied based on “the competitive advantage of Formula Retail” and a “lack of diversity” in the neighborhood.

12 thoughts on “Revised Plans for Embattled Lombard Street Site”
  1. You probably won’t get too many traditional chinese wanting to live/invest here. The address number of 2444 is very negative. That might explain why this site has not prospered over the years. Yes, chinese mumbo yumbo but it is what it is – perception is reality….

  2. A pet food store vs 53 condos, 53 garage spaces, and still room for a pet food store? Bravo, Planning. A small victory for reason and density.

  3. 53 garage spaces for 53 units. Just reinforces the fact that owning a car in SF is a necessity because our transit sucks.

  4. Bordered by some of the most expensive real estate in the city – Marina, Cow Hollow – it amazes me Lombard remains such a mish-mash of cheap motels and tatty buildings. While it might be noisy – a problem that could be fixed with insulated windows – it’s near lots of restaurants and stores. It has a great walk-score, access to transit, and it’s close to the Bay. It’s not built on land-fill, like much of the Marina, so it wasn’t damaged in the last quake. Why isn’t Lombard lined with nice apartment buildings?

    1. A lot of buildings on Lombard were demolished around 1940 to make more room for cars coming from the bridge. I guess it just never recovered.

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