300 5th Street Site

With the designs for a slender eight-story residential building to rise on the western quarter of the Shell Station site at 300 Fifth Street having been drafted, the preliminary plans for an eight-story building to rise on the eastern three-quarters of the Central SoMa site have just been submitted to Planning as well.

As designed by Stanton Architecture, the proposed 300 5th Street project includes a new 120-room hotel with 1,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space across the first seven stories of the building and five (5) residential units, with a private lobby and elevator, across the development’s eighth floor:

300 5th Street Hotel

The Shell station’s lease expires early next year.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by baseline willy

    Will we miss gas stations when they are all gone?

    • Posted by Pfffttt

      Seriously. We’ll have to leave town to find a gas station . . . and then run out of gas on the way there. :/

    • Posted by van nessident

      Germany wants to stop selling cars with internal combustion engines in 2030. We aren’t so far from the end.

    • Posted by Ochotona_Princeps

      No.

    • Posted by Hunter

      Said this many times before, but when (if?) selling gas becomes lucrative again, the market will provide. 😉

  2. Posted by van nessident

    Also, would this be upzoned under the Central SoMa plan? Or is 80 feet the upzoning?

    • Posted by donjuan

      Folsom and 5th is zoned to 85 ft in the revised Central SoMa. The upzoned areas are primarily around the caltrain station.

      • Posted by van nessident

        I think there are a bunch of rezoned lots between 6th and 2nd that aren’t super close to caltrain; the proposed hotel on 2nd comes to mind.

        • Posted by donjuan

          Yes which is why I said primarily around caltrain and not exclusively around caltrain…

  3. Posted by Booger

    What’s going to happen to all the collector cars (gas cars) that exist on the road when all the gas stations are closed?

    It is interesting to observe.

    • Posted by NorthBeach

      At some point, it’ll be part of the classic car owner experience to order your gas from Amazon. Maybe you’ll even have an old-school pump in your garage.

      As a long-time owner of a 40+ year old car, I’ve actually been thinking about this a bit. This is the only solution that makes sense to me. Old collectable cars are often not driven much, so ordering gas for delivery may not be a big deal.

      • Posted by moto mayhem

        gas stations will be around for at least 20 more years. the switch wont happen that fast. too many good gar cars will still be sold in 5 years and will certainly last 15+

    • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

      There’s already a similar situation with additives to simulate leaded gasoline for those driving cars that require leaded gas.

      As for collector cars, I would not be surprised that many collectors simply convert to electrical. I’ve had my eyes on a certain classic car and if I ever have the time to acquire one I’ll probably remove the troublesome engine and replace with batteries and motor. That car’s merit lies in its interior and body styling and not its propulsion.

      • Posted by EBGuy

        It worked out well for Neil Young… until the vehicle went Note 7. Actually, it looks like the vehicle survived to live another day. The insurance company wasn’t happy, though.

  4. Posted by anon

    Oil will still be pumped out of the ground in massive quantities long after we are all gone. Does anyone really think an Exxon Mobil is going away in our lifetimes? No chance.

    • Posted by James

      Correct – plastic are made from oil, jets won’t be flying around on batteries and likely the same for ships. So this idea that oil will go the way of the dinosaur are from people that don’t see the big picture.

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