2525 Van Ness Site

The Cow Hollow parcel upon which the two-story Big Bubble Laundromat sits at 2525 Van Ness Avenue, adjacent to Amero, is zoned for development up to 65-feet in height. And having recently acquired the site, a Vancouver-based developer, the Executive Group, is working on plans for a seven-story building to rise.

The proposed 65-foot building includes 27 condos over 1,500 square feet of café/retail space fronting Van Ness Avenue and an underground garage for 27 cars.

And while NC2 Studio’s concept designs for the building are preliminary, and San Francisco’s Planning Department has yet to weigh in, they give an idea of the direction the development team is headed.

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in as the plans progress and the City responds.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by moto mayhem

    very cool

  2. Posted by Cal Culver

    Oh, that’s too bad. I like the Big Bubble. We all like the Bubble. Who doesn’t like the Bubble? Always puts a smile on my face.

    • Posted by Sierrajeff

      There’s always Balboa Bubbles out in the Richmond… great name, 2nd only, perhaps, to Get the Funk Out in Western Addition.

  3. Posted by Sierrajeff

    So does this mean that vibrant green is the new dark orange? (i.e., in reference to all the orange accents on buildings over the last 10-15 years)

    • Posted by Futurist

      Well no, not exactly. It could just mean that this architect likes vibrant green.

      • Posted by Brian M

        I like vibrant green 🙂

        • Posted by Futurist

          I do too. I also like vibrant orange.:)

  4. Posted by Alai

    That’s a lot of commercial space being eliminated.

  5. Posted by Jim

    Yes thank goodness it is eliminating commercial space. Have you noticed how much vacant commercial space there is in the city, even in the midst of the current boom? Every economic forecast I have seen says we will be needing a lot less commercial space before we need more, as more and more people shop online.

    • Posted by two beers

      Define “commercial.” Yeah, there’s a lot of vacant retail space, because it’s too expensive. There is a growing amount of vacant office space, because it was vastly overbuilt, and that sector is now in contraction. There is a dearth of PDR space, artist space, light industrial space (and exists is too expensive). Small retail shops make a neighborhood inviting, walkable, and safe. Your Houstonization of San Francisco sucks.

      • Posted by Chris

        The area is not zoned for PDR or industrial, so I am not sure how that is relative. Also, many developers are now proposing projects with PDR because of Prop M caps on commercial. AND, what planet do you live on where commercial office has been “vastly overbuilt?” SF has one if the lowest office vacancies and the highest office rents in the nation, and that would not nd the case of office space had been vastly overbuilt.

        Also, if you honestly think tearing down an old laundry mat and putting up housing will somehow transform SF into Houston, then you have never visited Houston in your life (or SF for that matter).

  6. Posted by Sabbie

    First Canton Seafood Condos, and now Big Bubble Condos. Finally, they are starting to use some realistic and descriptive names for these projects.

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