1598 Bay Street Site

The plans for a four-story Marina building, with 28 market-rate condos to rise upon the shuttered Chevron station site at the corner of Bay and Buchanan, are slated to be Conditionally Approved for development by San Francisco’s Planning Commission this afternoon.

And as we first reported earlier this year, “given the neighborhood sensitivity to overflow parking,” the designs for the brick-clad 1598 Bay Street development, which aren’t being challenged by the City, include an underground garage for 42 cars and a storage room for 40 bikes.

1598 Bay Street Rendering

The former Currie’s Chevron Station site, which has been shuttered since 2009, has already been cleared of its underground storage tanks and the paperwork for the project’s building permits has already been filed.

And rather than include three (3) below-market-rate units on-site, Presidio Development Partners is planning to pay a fee into the City’s Affordable Housing Fund.

41 thoughts on “Brick-Clad Marina Condos with Lots of Parking Slated for Approval”
  1. That area needs some new density and rental units, don’t let the pay-in dictate, let the needs dictate.

    The possible extension of the F-Line and Central Subway means more density in this area, not less, and we should not let any organization buy the proverbial “get-out-of-jail-free-card” every time we build new units.

    Where is there an affordable unit in the area, and with all the future “amenities” we should prioritize development in the Marina Green, and other areas, where development has not hit yet… There is plenty of opportunity to densify, along EXISTING lines in that area… If we had a Lombard BRT hook up or LRV line extension on van ness and Lombard or other corridor like the F-Line out to the Golden Gate, gives a lot more reason to add units…

      1. As long as Avalos and Campos are welcoming it in their districts, don’t expect any to be built in other districts.

        1. Neither Avalos nor Campos are welcoming these monstrosities to District 9…what are you talking about? Or did you miss the whole Prop. I thing on last month’s ballot?

          1. Apparently it wasn’t obvious from the context, but I was talking about affordable housing, not market rate, just like the post I was responding to.

  2. 42 cars for 28 units? What BS. Anywhere else in SF it’s way less than a 1 to 1 ratio cars to units. Why should the Marina be different?

          1. That’s not really an answer. Cfb seems to feel the “rich people” haven’t followed the same rules as everyone else. I’m just asking him to clarify what he means. Who are these people? Exactly what have they done to affect the parking ratios for this project?

        1. There’s more research showing that if you pretend that an affluent household only has one car (and, for that matter, one bicycle), you’re creating a parking nightmare in the neighborhood.

          1. And a parking nightmare causes people to drive less, to avoid the hassle of searching for parking.

  3. Doesn’t look too bad. Would be even better if they tried to take some styling cues from the SF Gaslight Co. building on the corner. Guess the brick cladding will be that cue.

  4. i like it. going to be expensive. cars (or motorcycles) are pretty much required in this area as public transit terrible

      1. Not really. Chicken and chicken. Public transit there is terrible. MUNI doesn’t care if you have a car, it’s awful no matter what.

  5. Great design, scale and height. Love the parking; about time we had a decent ratio that will be much used and appreciated. We need more of that.

    1. Praise for such an obviously safe, conservative, and generic design? That explains a lot. What we need is your website so we can critique your own “designs.” Of course, if you really were an architect, you would have a website. I’m a jet plane mechanic and a professional surfer.

  6. I like it. Agree the brick is a nice nod to the SF Gaslight building. Hoping it isn’t an issue as it is either in or right next to a liquefaction zone.

    As for the parking, not sure how this is an issue. Perhaps some of the units will be offered two spaces as an amenity. Face it, these are condos being built in an area with people who have the means to buy them at market value, which will be high. Having a second space could be a real amenity that most other condos can’t offer and therefore allow for higher prices.

    And regarding the height, this area has strictly enforced height limits and they are likely building up to the max allowed.

      1. Yes, exactly. Most likely the brick is part of a panelized system, either GFRC or precast concrete panels attached to a steel frame. The brick is a nice, compatible material giving some respect to the adjacent Gas building; plus I think the dark/black window fenestration adds a factory sash/industrial component to the façade. Overall, solid, clean, modernist addition to the area.

        1. Actually no. It’s not “fake” brick but real brick attached to a panelized system. And what kind of construction terminology is “that’s a bingo”?

          1. Futurist, you’re confusing the building unit (a “brick”) with the material it is made of (clay in this case) again. Not all bricks are made of clay. Not everything made of clay (like this fake brick veneer) is a brick.

            “That’s a bingo?” comes from the Inglorious Basterds script:

            Col. Hans Landa: Oooh, that’s a bingo! Is that the way you say it? “That’s a bingo?”

            Lt. Aldo Raine: You just say “bingo.”

            Col. Hans Landa: Bingo! How fun! But, I digress. Where were we?

  7. Are all the parking spot private or are some of them available to the public? I’m a bit confused by what you mean by “overflow parking”.

  8. If what you mean by the “we should not let any organization buy the proverbial “get-out-of-jail-free-card” every time we build new unit” is the fact that they are feeing out on the BMR units, this is what the City and the non-profit housing developers want.

    Until the housing bond that was passed in November, these inclusionary fees were the major source of funding for the 100% affordable projects the non-profits and the City develop.

    And as far as lucky people who get the BMRs, its what they want too. The low-income owners in expensive buildings get killed by the HOAs. (State Constitution does not allow different rates for different owners based on income – only on unit size.)

  9. What this article misses is that Seidel represents a change of architects with a radically different design from that originally proposed.

    Earlier, RG Architecture had been engaged and submitted a much more “modern” conception for 1598 Bay .

  10. My hood, drive by that corner every day. The vacant gas station is an eyesore and it’s time for it to go. It was great to get gas there back in the day, but those days are gone.

    Build it. It’s a welcome addition.

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