Back in 2005, the then-owner of the parking lot parcel on the southeast corner of Jones and Turk filed for permits to build a 5-story building at 180 Jones, a building height which the Planning Department deemed too short for the Tenderloin site which is zoned for development up to 120-feet in height.
In 2008, the owner re-filed for permission to build an 8-story building with 37 residential units over 2,700 square feet of retail and 8 below-grade parking spaces, a plan which the Planning Commission approved in 2009 with a three-year window in which to start development or lose the right to build.
Three years later, the ground had yet to be broken. And given the economic downturn at the time, a downturn that waylaid more projects than all the NIMBYs combined, the Planning Commission approved a three-year extension for the project’s entitlement in September 2012.
In February 2013, the site was sold for $2.2 million. And with the aforementioned three-year extension about to expire, building permits for the 180 Jones Street project were issued three months ago.
At the same time, the California Parking Company has requested a one-year extension of their permit to continue operating the parking lot on the site, a request which was approved this past October.
And the 180 Jones Street parcel is now back on the market as an approved development site, as it has been for six years and counting.