3701 Noriega Site

As we first reported early last year, plans to raze Pete’s Union 76 Service station on the southwest corner of Noriega and 44th Avenue and build a four-story building with 14 condos over 14 residential parking spaces and a 9,600-square-foot grocery store on the Outer Sunset site were in the works.

The proposed unit count for the project has since been reduced to 12 (the extra two would have required invoking the State’s Density Bonus law) and the underground garage is now two levels with a total of 42 spaces, 25 of which are to be dedicated to the all-new home for Noriega Produce which currently operates down the block and purchased the gas station site.

While the public hearing for the 3701 Noriega Street project is currently scheduled for April 21, it’s likely to be pushed back to the 28th. And in terms of timing should the project be approved, there seems to be some debate as to the terms of the lease for Pete’s (or rather Tran’s) which wasn’t planning to shutter, but we’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Mark

    The area is always socked in with fog which will hopefully block the view of the power lines on two sides of the building.

    • Posted by Mark

      Thanks for editing my comment, SS, considering it contained nothing inflammatory.

      Officially done with this site.

      [Editor’s Note: We’re honestly sorry you feel that way but understand. Unfortunately we’ve had to start culling the leadoff “Cue the [whatever] comments in 3…2…1…” from the threads.]

  2. Posted by matteo

    List of SF gas stations soon to be no more:

    The 76 station on the southwest corner of Lawton Street and 42nd Avenue.

    The gas station at the northwest corner of Castro and Market.

    The Shell gas station on the northeast corner of Divisadero and Oak.

    The Union 76 Station on the southwest corner of California and 25th Avenue.

    The Shell station on the southwest corner of Fifth and Folsom.

    The Chevron station at the corner of Bay and Buchanan.

    The Shell service station at 2501 California Street.

    The Union 76 station was razed a year ago on the southwest corner of Van Ness and Filbert.

    The Chevron Station at Mission and Ney.

    The gas station at the corner of 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue stopped pumping gas at the end of 2004.

    The former gas station at Folsom and Fourth.

    The station at Mission and So Van Ness.

    [Editor’s Note: Or as tagged as Related above: Gas Station Sites.]

    • Posted by Orland

      Unfortunately, the station on Market @Castro has received a reprieve as would-be developer Tierney has filed notice of appeal of the trial judge’s ruling with the First District.

      • Posted by Orland

        Ironically, I just saw an item at Hoodline about a food truck operator having been denied a permit to operate at this location. Seems the owners had given her a 5-year lease with option for an additional 5 years. What’s distressing is that they apparently have no intent to develop the property in favor of continuing operations as a gas station or they would not have encumbered it with the lease-option.

        • Posted by SocketSite

          See the original link in our last paragraph above with respect to the operator’s lease and timing.

          • Posted by Orland

            What a mess of competing interests and claims, inchoate and otherwise.

            Given the pending litigation brought by Tierney, I would assume the “owners” made disclosure to their would-be lessee and obtained a waiver and release in the event the judgement at trial was disturbed. Still, since the judge’s decision did give Tierney an interest in the property (albeit less than he was contending), how could they have unilaterally entered into the lease agreement with the truck operator?

          • Posted by Orland

            No, the subject of this discussion is the Castro/Market property and not the Outer Sunset station’s lease subject of the original item.

    • Posted by sf

      Who needs em? Those new Teslas should start rolling off the factory in about six years.

    • Posted by Orland

      You missed S. Van Ness/Chavez and 1st/Harrison.

  3. Posted by boher

    Why did the project sponsor decide not to use the State density Bonus?

  4. Posted by Alai

    As I understand the law, SF requires 20 parking spaces for a 9600 square foot grocery, plus 12 for the condos. So they’re building ten more than that– seems surprising to me, because two levels of underground parking has got to be quite expensive.

    • Posted by Joel

      I believe the planning code allows any required parking spaces to be replaced with bicycle spaces.

      • Posted by Alai

        Really? So, effectively, there is no required car parking in SF?

        • Posted by Joel

          Yep, section 150(e) of the planning code. It’s mostly been used when in-law units are added/legalized.

  5. Posted by hgh

    We’re losing a gas station, and repair for 12 units?

    Far more people relied on that station than will be served by this. That was a good gas station, convenient for smog tests or getting a tire changed near the beach without having to get to 19th.

    The bigger market’s a good thing. If only it could go where the Cala was.

    • Posted by Bud Mor

      I live within a block of that gas station, and in the last 4-years I have only used it once, which was today, to purchase 1-gal of gas to make sure I had enough fuel to get me to Costco. So I saved $10 on a fill-up, but of course ended up spending $200 on groceries.

      So I won’t miss the gas station, and I think that corner would be much better served with 12-residential units and a better Noriega Produce. It should also free up the current Noriega Produce location to be developed into commercial plus and bunch of apartments.

      This is the kind of development that SF badly needs so build our way out of the housing crisis, especially on such an underused corner.

  6. Posted by S.

    I love the Noriega Market, those are the best guys in the neighborhood. Their store is small and expansion is good for them and good for us. These are local guys who are doing a great job serving the neighborhood. Noriega is a developed corridor and if we can convince the builder to make this a reasonably proportioned project, it’s a win. I’m sorry but I will not miss that gas station.

  7. Posted by alberto rossi

    re the list: The Mission and Ney gas station is still there. Apparently redevelopment was approved but no building permits were ever filed for. There were many projects proposed for the Outer Mission in the last cycle but most never came to fruition in the 2008 crash and there’s hardly been any construction in this cycle.

  8. Posted by Hobos4openspace

    Would be nice if commenters didn’t get so distracted with irrelevant projects subject of other posts. This may be an awesome project. The parking will be a big positive as N.Produce is awesome and very popular.

    Go Dimitri who works really hard with his team to serve local community. Their current place is jammed and the parking will help grow the biz.

    Let’s hope all the garbage currently being constructed at the end of Sloat Ave. will have a bit of parking, or else everyone will continue to use the free beach lots for non coastal use, like they do for the SF Zoo and the new soccer fields in GG Park.

  9. Posted by SocketSite

    UPDATE: The public hearing for the 3701 Noriega Street project will be pushed back to May 12.

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