701 Third Site

The lease for the McDonald’s at Third and Townsend, the building for which acted as 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,” expires in January 2017.

San Francisco’s Planning Commission approved the plans for an eleven-story, LEED Platinum hotel to rise on the 701 Third Street site, with 230 hotel rooms over 2,000 square feet of retail space on the corner and an underground garage for 15 cars, last month.

701 Third Street Hotel Rendering

Last week, the development was officially granted an exemption from having to complete an intensive Environmental Impact Report (EIR). And the paperwork to secure the building permits for the 701 3rd Street project has been filed and triaged.

18 thoughts on “Hotel to Transform Dirty Harry’s McCafe Site Closer to Reality”
  1. That mess of scrap metal on the top of the adjacent building to the left just screams “art requirement.”

  2. That’s clearly going to be a Hyatt Place. Looks good – will be nice to have a hotel in SOMA…they’ll get A LOT of business.

    1. Well there’s going a fair amount of competition – even before this proposed hotel breaks ground. 380 rooms in the form of 2 hotels within a couple blocks (144 King St. and another at 3rd and Channel). The hotel on King St. might be finished by the end of this year and the Mission Bay hotel is well underway.

      1. The Mission Bay hotel projected to rise on Block 1 has not broken ground yet. What you see under construction in that vicinity is the separate condo development to take up the rest of the property.

  3. When you want your room cleaned, there should be a hangtag for the hotel room door:

    “Go ahead, make my bed.”

  4. Is there any word on how they plan to co-exist with the DTX ventilation/emergency exit tower? I know the alternate location across the street is still a possibility, but I haven’t seen any plans for the fate of that plot go by.

  5. The McDonald’s on that corner is an eye sore and a ‘nose-sore’ so to say. The horrible smell of greasy hamburgers are nauseating. It is a filthy place. Who eats McDonald’s hamburgers these days anyway? It would be great if a Vegan restaurant opens in the retail space of the building that will be built there. Time to catch up with the civilized world of Vegan way of eating and living — healthy and cruelty free.

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