1721 15th Street Site

Speaking of underdeveloped Mission District parcels in play, the Mission District garage at 1721 15th Street is now in contract to be sold. As we first reported about the building, exploratory plans and imminent sale last year:

Considered a potential Historic Resource for the ‘Inner Mission Reconstruction Historic District,’ the redevelopment of the garage known as Jay’s Auto Body Center at 1721 15th Street, between Little Star Pizza and The Monastery, could be a little tricky.

But the owners of the building have met with San Francisco’s Planning Department to explore the possibility of ‘converting’ the garage into a 27-unit condo project. And the building is about to hit the market listed as a ‘development opportunity’…

The garage, which was built in 1916 and for which the owners were seeking $7.25 million, sits on a parcel which is now zoned for development up to 55 feet in height. And the latest plans for the site call for a new five-story building with commercial space and parking on the first floor and four floors of housing, with up to 48 units, above.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by San Francisco

    Great view of the Valencia Gardens.

    • Posted by Bobby Mucho

      Valencia Gardens is not that bad. Even architecturally speaking… I believe it won a bunch of awards when it was built.

      • Posted by Orland

        So allegedly, did Delancey Street. I’ve voiced my antipathy for that property in its location before but I’ve come up with a place on the waterfront for which it would have been perfect. That triangular block at the intersection of Bay and the Embarcadero formerly a car wash and currently a parking lot. Would be a great bridge from North Beach to waterfront /wharf. Might even have met with Peskin’s/THDs’ approval though they probably favor the current horrible status quo for fear of ANYthing different.

  2. Posted by skyscraperluvr

    Reason #912 why San Francisco will never be affordable.

  3. Posted by Joel

    If it is deemed a historic resource, a setback will be required and there’s no way they’ll be able to put 48 units there.

  4. Posted by woolie

    Historic garage. Just say it to yourself. Over and over.

    • Posted by soccermom

      OMG THOSE RED PAINTED MASONRY BOLTS EVOKE A PAST AGE OF AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE GLORY. HOW WILL WE REMEMBER THE EPOCH OF DINOSAUR BONE BURNERS WHEN EVERYONE IS RIDING IN A BATTERY-POWERED PLASTIC POD PILOTED BY LARRY AND SERGEI’S COMPUTERS!?!?!?

      • Posted by seriously

        you’re my favorite

      • Posted by Tony

        REMEMBER THE GREAT AUTOMOBILE GODS AND WE WILL ALL LIVE ON IN VALHALLA, SHINY AND CHROME!

  5. Posted by crisper

    As someone who has a 35 year old business, looking for PDR space with the very real possibility of being pushed out of the city in which we’ve operated since 1981, I recognize the need for housing, but am also biased in my opinion about the loss of such spaces in central SF and elsewhere. There is a steady flow of services unrelated to tech which continue to bleed out of our once robust urban village. On that front, albeit a selfish one, I’m sorry to see buildings like this go.

    • Posted by woolie

      Oakland (and points south) will continue to have huge industrial areas for many decades. They’re even building new industrial space.

      • Posted by Brian M

        Isn’t there a lot of admittedly less attractive square footage in the industrial sections of Bayview? I recall cycling through blocks and blocks of PDR space with nary a condo development in view.

        I am curious what the PDR vacancy rate is in the City and in specific neighborhoods?

    • Posted by MDG399

      your POV appreciated and your situation as well – but SF cannot be a counter cyclical island unto itself. already some of the strictest ( and most unrealistic) land use policies in the USA. PDR needs space. SF doesn’t have that…

      Again – sorry for your situation. BUT, I bet you find CHEAPER just outside of SF.

      • Posted by Orland

        Right, we must homogenize SF to the maximum extent possible! Your rationalization that the City has no space is even more fatuous than the suggestion that only the most remote “industrialized” nabes are fitting. Crisper’s point needs to be heard.

        • Posted by Brian M

          Well…these remote neighborhoods might not be the only fitting neighborhoods, but they may be the only affordable ones?

          Given that San Francisco has extremely onerous planning policies already, are you proposing an outright ban on conversion of PDR space where it currently exists?

          Speaking more snarkily, San Francisco has a LONG way to go before it is completely homogenized. Given how expensive it is and how much (pseudo?) wealth was generated here, it is amazing how ratty so many neighborhoods look.

    • Posted by gone on

      well Crisper, the “build it now and higher crowd” has been realtively kind to you –so far.

      I thought they would want their pound of flesh from someone like you who could conceive of a use other than high commission condo units.

      Thanks for a contra-view and I suspect you will be driven from this board

      • Posted by Brian M

        The responses to crisper have attempted to be thoughtful. You, on the other hand, are just being snarky and trolling.

        Who needs to be driven from this board?

        • Posted by Orland

          He might be gone, but obviously hasn’t moved on.

    • Posted by 4th Gen SFer

      East Oakland & buy now.

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