The environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed development of over 100 affordable apartments at the corner of Turk and Larkin is being prepared. And as we first reported last year, the proposed incorporation of a portion of the existing L-shaped building on the site, which was constructed in 1935 and has been occupied by Kahn & Keville tire and battery shop ever since, wasn’t simply for aesthetics.
Having been identified as a Historic Resource in relation to San Francisco’s Historic Van Ness Auto Row, and rated as eligible for the California Register of Historic Resources on its individual merits alone, the impact and alternatives to razing the Kahn & Keville building are a key part of the aforementioned EIR. And in fact, a number of alternatives, beyond simply “no development” on the 500 Turk Street site, have been modeled and newly massed.
Under the “Full Preservation” plan, a new 7-story structure would rise behind the exiting Kahn & Keville building (which would be gutted, connected and converted for residential use with the corner parking pad turned into a fenced courtyard), a plan which would yield a total 32 residential units on the 500 Turk Street site:
A “Partial Preservation” plan would yield 56 residential units by building 7-stories over the existing shop, with setbacks from the historic building’s façade:
And as now proposed by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) and newly massed by David Baker Architects, an all-new 8-story building would rise up to 79 feet in height on the site, a plan which would now yield 108 units with a 5,200-square-foot courtyard, garden and play space behind the new building on the northwest corner of the site, where it would have “the most access to direct sun(light)” per the design team:
The alternatives in a single slideshow, ranging from zero (0) to 108 new units on the site:
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in as the alternatives and planning for the 500 Turk Street project, which are slated to be presented to San Francisco’s Architectural Review Committee for comment next month, progress.