Plans to raze four buildings on the northwest corner of Folsom and Russ, including the current homes of Deli Board, Fondue Cowboy and Alchemy/Catalyst at 1060 Folsom, have been granted priority processing and are working their way through Planning.
And as proposed, a new six-story building designed by Goldman Architects will rise upon the Western SoMa site across from Victoria Manolo Draves Park, with 46 apartments over 3,300 square feet of retail space and a garage for 21 cars.
From the Planning Departments preliminary review of the plans which was sent to the development team yesterday:
The Planning Department appreciates that the architectural expression evokes nearby industrial structures such as the Engskell building at Howard and Russ, with the sculpted piers and finials and the large expanses of glazing stretching between them. The industrial language becomes muddled, however, by utilizing bay windows, in the terms of the nearby Art Deco examples. Consider a less literal interpretation of the local precedent to reflect the different era and program of this project.
And as the aforementioned park is one of the few in Western SoMa, avoiding the casting of any new shadows on the park “should be a primary consideration in the development of the project massing.” We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.