Back in 1908, a rather fine seven-story loft building designed by MacDonald & Applegarth was built upon the 1055 Market Street parcel which stretches from Market to Stevenson Street.

A six-alarm fire started by an arsonist destroyed the Forrest Building in 1979. And in 1981, a not so fine two-story building was built and occupied by Kaplan’s Surplus and Sport Goods until the store was shuttered and the building was sold by the Kaplan family for $4.5 million in December of 2013.

Plans for a ten-story hotel to rise upon the Mid-Market site have been in the works since 2014, as we first reported at the time.

And with some confusion as to the historic merits of the existing versus previous building on the 1055 Market Street site having since been clarified and San Francisco’s Planning Department having just determined the proposed hotel project – which now includes 160 rooms over 2,200 square feet of ground floor retail space fronting Market, with the hotel’s main lobby fronting Stevenson – would not have a significant effect on the environment, and as such doesn’t require a resource intensive environmental impact report to move forward, the project could soon be one big step closer to being approved.