With the lease for the SoMa McDonald’s at Third and Townsend expiring in January 2017, San Francisco’s Planning Commission is now slated to approve the plans for an eleven-story hotel to rise on the 701 3rd Street site early next month.
As proposed by Stonebridge Companies, a Colorado-based hotel development and management company, and designed by Stanton Architecture, the 105-foot-tall building would yield 230 hotel rooms and 2,000 square feet of retail space on the corner, with an underground garage for 14 cars.
From the architects:
“The new hotel is being designed to meet LEED Platinum standards. Among the energy-saving features envisioned for this hotel are: vegetated roofs on the first, ninth, and eleventh floors, cisterns for storage of rainwater for use on site, a grey-water system for reuse of grey-water onsite, highly efficient lighting and mechanical systems, and a state-of-the-art building envelope. When completed…this will be the most energy-efficient hotel in San Francisco.”
Back in 1983, prior to McDonald’s leasing the site, the existing building on the parcel was transformed into the “Acorn Cafe,” the diner from which Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry character would order his daily coffee and from inside which he uttered his infamous line, “Go ahead, make my day.”