Plans to redevelop the southwest corner of Potrero Avenue and 23rd Street, across from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in the Mission, have been in the works since 2013.

But having been built in 1925 and identified as a potential historic resource, the former gas station building and its porte cochere on the corner, which is currently home to the M Toich & Son auto shop, is a complicating factor.

As previously envisioned, the 168-square-foot structure was to be dismantled, restored and re-assembled atop a new three-story residential building to rise across the entire site, serving as the new development’s sunroom. But those plans have since been abandoned.

And as newly proposed, the 168-square-foot structure and its porte cochere will be rehabilitated and remain in place, connected to a new four-story building to rise across the rest of the 1100 Potrero Avenue site with four new condos over four stacked parking spaces and roughly 670 square feet of ground floor retail space including the rehabilitated gas station structure.

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in as the plans are refined and approvals secured.

8 thoughts on “Plans to Raise the Roof on Potrero Ave”
  1. It’s a ‘potential historic resource’ which means it’s not historic enough to invest city resources for restoration, but historic enough to block any changes to the current sorry state. Worst of both worlds!

    I cannot believe this prime location remains undeveloped with the proximity to the hospital and access to public transportation. E.g. It could be a great spot for a public health institution helping elderly/homeless or drug addicted people that often arrive by public transport and that might be better served outside (but in proximity) to the hospital.

    1. While that’s a noble idea, as someone that grew up in that area and still has family and friends that still live there or work at General Hospital, bringing more homeless people or drug addicted people is the last thing the neighborhood needs. This is a family neighborhood already blighted by homeless and drug addicted people. While I agree they need services, I do not think it should be at the expense of those that live or work in the neighborhood.

    1. Exactly – or move it anywhere. In fact, I think that an assembled relocation of historic structures (like in Oakland) is far better than having individual on-off preserved properties scattered among glass and stucco cubes. Individually and out of context, the preserved structures are almost meaningless; taken together, they can give a feel for the past that’s greater than the sum of its parts. (If I’m using that phrase correctly…!)

  2. I ran into this one a few years ago: “Possible contributor to a potential historic district.” Talk about dreams.

  3. I once had a small project in planning in 2008 and the planner did everything she could to prevent me from remodeling the home. After 2 years of delay, and having had an independent agency produce a report stating that the property was not historic, she had to yield but insisted that “the property is a potential contributor to a potentially historic district”. How’d you like that for creative thinking??

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