Challenged for looking too upscale and appealing to “wealthy residents that will negatively impact the character of this working-class neighborhood,” the façade of the proposed Mission District development to rise up to seven stories in height upon the former N&S Auto Body Shop at 1924 Mission Street has been redesigned:
While the project will still yield 11 new apartment and roughly 1,200 square feet of commercial space on its ground floor, along with a storage room for 13 bikes, the development’s large windows (which had been characterized as “a statement of class and privilege”) have been reduced in size or screened; the height of the building’s entry has been lowered; and the building’s roof deck has been setback 10 feet to be less visible from Mission Street.
As such, San Francisco’s Planning Department is recommending that the City’s Planning Commission approve the proposed redevelopment of the 1924 Mission Street parcel, for which the building permits have been in the works for over a year, on Thursday, July 6.
That being said, while the “Department finds that the project modifications, which reduce the amount of glazing on the front façade, appropriately address the concerns” expressed by the requester of the aforementioned challenge, “in accordance with [the Department’s Urban Design Advisory Team’s] comments, additional design revisions are needed to reflect a more traditional architecture, in keeping with the character of the Mission Street Neighborhood.”
And as such, as a proposed condition of the project’s approval (and deja vu all over again), the project team would be required to continue to work with the UDAT to further refine the development’s façade, “to reflect a more traditional design, as is consistent with the character of the Mission Street Neighborhood.”