478 Haight Street Site

Having been shuttered for nearly a decade, plans to finally raze the former Lee’s Meat and Popular Market building at 478-482 Haight Street, adjacent to the new Nickies, and construct a new four-story building across the Lower Haight Street site have been newly drawn and formally submitted to Planning for review.

The circa 2011 plans for the site, which had envisioned an elderly care facility with 22 bedrooms across the top three floors of the development, have been kicked to the curb.

And as newly rendered by Gabriel Ng + Architects, the proposed development now includes a ground floor retail space and garage for nine cars, with three office spaces and nine two-bedroom apartments above.

478 Haight Street Rendered

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in as the plans for the site progress.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by scott f

    Offensive and irresponsible to build something this small here. Four blocks from a Muni Metro station, with a rapid bus line ON THE CORNER. No less than seven stories should even be considered.

    [Editor’s Note: The site is only zoned for 40 feet in height.]

  2. Posted by Paul M

    The 40 feet height limit is outrageous. Doesn’t the planning board realize we have a housing crisis?

    • Posted by Sabbie

      What’s the crisis? More people want to live here than people who can afford it. Is there a BMW crisis? No, if you can’t afford a BMW then you buy a Toyota. Now if you’re talking about the displacement of certain groups and disruptive effects on society, which I do believe is happening, studies have shown that building more market rate housing is just about the least effective solution to this problem and can actually be counterproductive.

      • Posted by anon

        The difference, of course, is that ever increasing prices for housing forces people to live other places. Those people then create companies in other places, come up with new ideas in other places, and pay taxes in other places. Trading down to a Toyota doesn’t cause a long term downward trend in potential economic output for the world.

        • Posted by Sabbie

          You are failing to account for turnover. As prices go up, certain people and businesses will get pushed out and replaced with new ones that can afford to pay more and attempt to be more profitable, theoretically resulting in local economic growth without adding any more people.

          • Posted by anon

            Um, two problems with that:

            1. Rent control
            2. Prop 13

    • Posted by soccermom

      It’s only a crisis if you can’t afford to live here:

      Ed Lee, our mayor, received total compensation of $363K in 2015.

      William Coaker Jr. as SF Pension Chief Investment Officer received $633K in total comp.

  3. Posted by Dazufras

    So sad, I remember when Lower Haight was a livable, walkable neighborhood, when you could get off the bus a block or so from your house and buy everything you needed for dinner on the way home.

  4. Posted by dubocer

    Nice job! Works well w/ the hood.
    Good to see developers sticking to the nine units as a way to stick it to the City planning regs that require below market rate on more than 9 units. Free the market, end rent control.
    I support this 100%.

  5. Posted by 1965

    Excellent massing, a bit sedate aesthetically but obviously a huge improvement for the block.

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