In a move which shouldn’t catch any plugged-in readers by surprise, the proposed plans for razing the Light House for the Blind building at 214 Van Ness Avenue and adjoining 27 apartments at 200 Van Ness, and orchestrating the development of a twelve-story building for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to rise on the Van Ness Corridor site, have been cut down to size.
As originally proposed, a 20-foot-tall performance space would have been built atop a 120-foot building with 320 beds of student housing, 28 replacement apartments for those to be demolished, classrooms/rehearsal/performance space for the Conservatory, and a 2,200 square foot restaurant on the ground floor of the building below.
But as we first reported earlier this year, Planning was pushing back on the proposed height for the site, which is currently only zoned for 96 feet, but appeared amenable to 120 feet overall.
And as such, the proposed performance space has now been integrated into the main envelope of the 120-foot-tall building to rise at 200 Van Ness Avenue, as designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates.
That being said, the tip-top of the performance hall’s sloped roof and adjacent student resource center would still rise a little above the 120-foot threshold as proposed.