In an attempt to assuage concerns that the proposed four-story building to replace the shuttered Western Plywood warehouse at 2600 Harrison Street in the Mission is incompatible with the “design, scale and mass” of the neighborhood, Kerman Morris Architects has redesigned the project.
The new design reduces the street-level wall along Harrison, includes a more open Production, Distribution & Repair (PDR) space, and adds an area with benches and raised planters along the street.
But rallying behind a “rash of Big-Box supper (sic) structures” slated for the neighborhood, not to mention their potential loss of light and views, a group of neighbors on Alabama Street remains opposed to the height and mass of the project and are calling for the development team to eliminate a floor and reduce the development’s footprint to 65 percent of the lot and leave 35 percent for open space.
At the same time, “United to Save the Mission” (USM) is calling for the developer to either add a few floors of affordable housing or sell the entire property to USM or an affordable housing team.
All that being said, San Francisco’s Planning Department is recommending the Planning Commission approve the redesigned 19-unit development next week.