Ciao Giannini’s (and 35 New Condos in Dogpatch as Proposed)August 25, 2016
While in the very early stages of development, plans to raze the Giannini’s Auto Body shop building at 625 Mariposa Street, across the street the new Benioff Children’s Hospital and a (healthy) stone’s throw from the recently opened Mariposa Park, have been drafted.
And as proposed, a five-story building with 35 dwelling units over 3,500 square feet of retail space and a garage for 15 cars would rise across the corner site on the border of Dogpatch and Mission Bay.
But the 625 Mariposa Street parcel, which is zoned for a mixed-use development up to 58 feet in height, falls within the City’s Central Waterfront Area Plan which encourages the preservation of Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR) uses, such as the existing auto shop. And as such, the development team is being “encouraged” to explore a design which would “provide the opportunity for PDR uses to occupy the ground floor of the building, including, but not limited to, generous floor to ceiling heights (17’ or higher).”
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in as the proposed plans progress. And with respect to Giannini’s, they just moved to Daly City.
Comments from Plugged-In Readers
No surprise here. I recently noticed the “We’re moving to Daly City” banner festooning the property and thought it is certainly a sign of the times.
Bummer. I got my car door fixed there. Good work and convenient. I remember asking the guy if he was related to A.P. Giannini. He said “I wouldn’t be sandin’ cars if I was, bro.”
Brian, Thanks for the compliment. We moved only 10 minutes away near the Cow Palace. Our new shop is 40,000 sq feet! Come see us!
Interesting about the PDR angle is that the city is home to a number of hardware startups and they want to stay in the city after going through an incubator/accelerator. From what I hear, they’re constantly looking for space to make/tweak physical prototypes or evolve designs before ramping up production elsewhere.
Add in some of these companies are targeting medical solutions, and with a hospital across the street, this could be a really interesting way to fill that ground floor space.
Hospitals are everywhere. But the small consultancy firms and workshops that support hardware startups are mostly located in the arc from Southern Fremont through Northern Sunnyvale. That would be more convenient than SF.
No gripes about preserving PDR in this location; seems a reasonable ask. I just wish they would get more height, and preserve some retail on the eastern side as well. Having been to the new Mariposa Park, it really needs density and retail nearby to activate it, being sandwiched between a hospital, freeway, parking lot and plumbing supply shop right now, which is not exactly a recipe for a well-used park.
PDR = office space for robotics, biotech, autonomous cars, drones, and other forms of physical tech.
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