376 Castro Street Site

While approved for the construction of a six-story building, with 24 residential units over 3,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and a 14-car garage back in 2013, a legal battle over the ownership and control of the prominent RC gas station site on the northwest corner of Castro and Market precluded the development from moving forward.

But with the legal battle having since been resolved, as we first reported at the time, the 376 Castro Street site and plans are now back on the market with an undisclosed price and soliciting offers.


Developer Joe Tierney, who lost the aforementioned legal battle to secure full ownership of the parcel, paid $340,000 in exchange for a 10 percent interest in the property back in 2004.

And while appraised for $4.2 million, or roughly $175,000 per unit, back in 2013, the majority owners of the parcel were seeking an eye-popping $12 million, or roughly $500,000 per entitled unit, for the site at the time.

37 thoughts on “Prominent Market and Castro Street Site Back in Play”
  1. It’s nice, but other than the cost -does it say SF? Looks a lot like modern Palo Alto. Also, curious if this corner ever had anything other than a gas station on it?

    1. There was an apartment building on the site before the gas station, and you can still see it. The entire building was moved to a lot on the southwest corner of Hartford and 17th a half block away.

      1. fascinating. Still, I like the open-sky feeling that exists because of the gas station (and the plaza on the opposite corner). So I’m happy to see a building here, replacing the gas station; but I wish it were stepped back from the corner, both at the ground retail level, and then the upper stories.

        1. That’s a big wide intersection, and all the other buildings around it are very short. One is another gas station. There will still be tons of open sky for you to enjoy.

          1. Until that other gas station is built to 7 stories, and the Pottery Barn corner is rebuilt to 7 stories… there’s such a thing as “planning ahead”.

    2. Serious question: what does say SF in 2017? I don’t like the idea of imitating Victorians and adding bay windows to everything. So any other ideas?

      1. That’s a great point. I’m not averse to adding bay windows, but difficult to define what modernity looks like here (or anywhere, I guess). 1645 Pacific is a good example – it looks like it’s from another country. Maybe international inspirations should be the play?

        1. I really like 1645 Pacific as well, but it costs a bit more to do unique detailing on every building. I’m also partial to Saitowitz and buildings like 8 Octavia / 855 Folsom, though I know many people are afraid of such brutalism. Clean forms of concrete and glass!

    3. It looks like it’s been a fill station since at least 1939. The intersection was pretty torn up when they built the tunnel in the mid / late teens. See this photo.

  2. Is this project still fully entitled after four years of inaction or would it need to go before Planning once more?

    1. No, my understanding is that there is no longer any entitlement and they would need to start over from scratch.

  3. Really excited for the day when I can walk down Market from Castro to say Van Ness and not see a single gas station or surface parking lot. We will look back at the squalor we lived in with awe!

    Next up: the Chevron kitty corner to this one. Laughable to have a gas station there. Should be a public park, will end up being condos. Either an improvement.

    1. I always felt like that site would be ideal for a boutique hotel. Very prominent ground floor retail spot for a restaurant/bar and the noise of the intersection would be less of an issue for a hotel than for full time residents. Plus the neighborhood is lacking in lodging options.

      1. There is a boutique hotel in the Planning pipeline for the site on 18th near Diamond that currently houses the “Bite Me” sandwich shop. But yeah, a hotel could work at the RC site.

      1. Too many people believe there should be no place to buy gas in San Francisco making vehicular (mine’s a scooter) ownership next to impossible. Then, to get around the city, well all be using vast fleets of Ubers and Lyfts driven by people from the Central Valley who gas up in the East Bay on the way into SF..

        1. BTinSF: Ridiculous strawman. Almost nobody is advocating for 0 gas stations, the problem is we have more than necessary (and they are bigger than necessary) while housing is in desperately short supply. Driving a few extra minutes to get gas isn’t “making vehicular ownership impossible”. Give me a break. Motor vehicle owners can act so entitled to absolute convenience. And yes, I own a car and drive in the city, but I don’t think the city should be configured for the marginal convenience of drivers at the expense of places for people to live.

      2. Hmm – glaring lights, empty expanses of (stained) concrete, petrochemical smells (and, usually, ground contamination), constant engine noises and exhaust … yeah, not exactly “a desirable neighbor”…

    2. I drive an electric car so I don’t really need gas very often, but I feel like the Chevron station should stay. Well run, and in better shape than the one being torn down. Appropriate to have at least one gas station within several mile radius!

    3. No, not a public park. It would fill up in no time with travelers, junkies and the other street folk who populated Jane Warner Plaza

  4. Per satellite images, here are the remaining Market St surface lots between Castro and Van Ness

    – RC gas station (Castro)
    – Chevron (Castro)
    – Sullivan’s Funeral Home (between Noe/Sanchez)
    – Enterprise Rent-a-Car (Sanchez)
    – Chase Bank (Sanchez)
    – Home restaurant (Church, under construction)
    – Pet Food Express (Dolores)
    – Sheet Metal Workers (Duboce)
    – Flax (under construction)
    – UA Plumbers (12th)

    Let there be none!

    1. You missed probably the largest lot. The Safeway (and other shops) that stretches from Church down to Dolores.

  5. Have the admirers of 1645 Pacific actually seen it in the flesh? The facade is made out of sytrofoam with lumpy stucco sprayed on…about as attractive (and as long-lived) as gangrene.

    1. When the Safeway lot gets developed (and it should; it’s crazy a massive surface parking lot abuts a Muni Station!), I hope the developer can build a second North-of-Market subway entrance. So many commuters from the north and east have to cross Church and 14th just to get a train: I don’t know why they skimped on subway entrances at Church and Castro, providing only 2 when all other subway stations east of there get at least 4 access points.

      1. True – but compounding the situation is that the Church Street platforms are actually almost a block *west* of Church … when you go into the station, you walk a fair bit west underground to get to the turnsiles and then the platforms. If anything, the 2nd entrance should be west, towards Sanchez. It’d be convenient for people heading to that part of the Castro, and be easy to access the platforms.

  6. I say leave it alone. Does every available space in the city of San Francisco have to be built with condos? What in the hell is wrong with the gas station? It’s convenient to the neighborhood, cheaper than most because it’s not a Shell or Chevron. I say leave it alone!

    1. We have the highest housing prices in the country by far. People are being forced to move an hour away or leave the region entirely because its so expensive. So yes, we need to replace inefficient uses of space like this gas station and replace it with condos. There are plenty of gas stations around still. Also, in five years, most new cars sold will be electric, making gas stations obsolete.

        1. They can drive hydrogen fuel cell electric cars which make their own electricity (from hydrogen.) They recharge them (with hydrogen) at a fueling station (takes five minutes, similar to putting gas in a conventional car.) These cars are on the road today, and the fueling infrastructure is popping up at existing gas stations (three in SF are in the works.)

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