While City College of San Francisco has already picked a development team to long-term lease and redevelop their 46,000-square-foot parcel at 33 Gough Street, behind the Flax site to rise up to 85 feet in height, the College is quietly working on near-term plans to vacate and lease its existing two-story office building on the site to a non-public entity, or entities, for up to three years.
From the City College of San Francisco’s General Counsel in a letter to the City seeking confirmation that their near-term plan for the site would be allowed:
“We plan to relocate our administrative functions from the Property and have entered into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement…to ground lease the Property to the [Equity Community Builders and Integral] in order to provide income to the District in furtherance of our educational mission.
The developer will pursue land use entitlements (including a rezoning) of the Property and then redevelop the Property as a multi-family residential project with on-site affordable units.
We believe that the rezoning and entitlement process and then financing and commencement of construction will take several years for the developer to complete, particularly given the Planning Department’s recent initiation of the Van Ness and Market “Hub” study. During that period, the District will have vacated most or all of its occupancy of the existing building. We desire both that the building not sit vacant and be subject to vandalism during this interim period and that use of the building by other private office/administrative users be able to generate needed income…”
In addition to currently being zoned for Public use, the current height limit for the parcel is 85 feet, which could accommodate the development of over 200 units of housing.
But as part of the City’s recently launched Market Street Hub Project, the parcel is proposed to be upzoned for development up to
200 250 feet in height.