The requested neighborhood plan-based environmental exemption for a proposed five-story building for small-scale builders and makers to rise on the 1228 25th Street parcel, the awkward lot at the intersection of 25th Street and the Indiana Street on-ramp to I-280 that currently serves as a scrap and storage yard, has been approved.

1228 25th Street Design

And the Leavitt Architecture designed building, which would provide 11,500 square feet of flexible Production, Distribution & Repair (PDR) space for small enterprises, including a 1,500-square-foot rooftop space and a 450-square-foot lobby – along with 2,500 square feet of ground floor retail that could be outfitted as a café and parking for ten bikes – could break ground as soon as a building permit is secured, the paperwork for which has been filed.

Keep in mind that plans for four live/work lofts to rise upon the site were proposed and permitted seventeen years ago but subsequently abandoned.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Skeeter

    People living within 500 feet of freeways suffer higher rates of asthma, heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer and pre-term births. Additional risks that you might not immediately think of include childhood obesity, autism and dementia.

    I suppose this might be limited in a sealed building, but stay off the rooftop deck!

    • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

      Is this living space? Seems like the plan is for production space, no living. Otherwise this might be the start of live/work 2.0.

    • Posted by Tony

      Sure, but this is PDR space. It’s industrial.

      • Posted by Skeeter

        How much time do you spend at work?

        • Posted by Brad

          Only a third of my day, and even less on the roof deck.

    • Posted by curmudgeon

      causation or correlation…..

  2. Posted by Dogpatch guy

    I live right up the street on 25th and Mississippi, above 280. This is going to be a great addition to the neighborhood; still meeting demands for PDR space, while getting rid of the current eyesore. BTW, I love where I live, despite the proximity of the freeway.

    • Posted by scott f

      What do you think would be good in the retail space? Maybe a little grocery?

      I just know the area from passing through on the way to Caltrain, but a cafe seems unlikely when Philz is right around the corner on Minnesota. Feels like this hood couldn’t support two cafes a block apart. And would anyone want to linger so close to the freeway?

      Concur that this is an awesome use of an oddly shaped and situated parcel.

      • Posted by curmudgeon

        A little corner market would be incredibly appreciated. There is nothing at all in the general area, and there are a surprising number of people who live nearby. That place to run for a quart of milk or and pint of ice cream….that would improve my life a thousand fold. I agree that with Philz around the corner, there’s not much of a need for another cafe.

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