Plans to levels the one-story warehouse building on the northeast corner of Arkansas and 17th Streets and develop a four-story dorm for students enrolled at the California College of the Arts on the Lower Potrero Hill site are closer to reality, with San Francisco’s Planning Department having just granted the project an Eastern Neighborhoods Plan-based exemption from having to complete a lengthy environmental review.
The proposed building, which is being designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy (LMS) Architects, would rise up to 48-feet in height at 75 Arkansas Street. And while technically only 30 units of housing across the top three floors, each multi-room unit includes a small living/dining room and kitchenette and the 30 units would be outfitted with a total of 228 beds.
The ground floor of the building includes 7,400 square feet of retail space on the corner, a large multi-purpose room for the students, and a storage room for 80 bikes.
And if approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission, the project will take an estimated 14 months to complete from the time it breaks ground, the building permits for which have already been requested and triaged.
The project has since been rendered and the public hearing for 75 Arkansas has been scheduled for next week, so far without any official opposition and the support of Save the Hill and Friends of Jackson Park.