In the works since 2016, as we first reported at the time, the plans for a four-story building to rise up to 40 feet in height upon the underdeveloped Duboce Triangle parking lot parcels at 55 Belcher Street, behind the former Blockbuster turned Flagship gym at 158 Church Street, have been refined and formal approvals for the project are now officially being sought.

The refined plans for the project would yield 24 condos (a mix of 8 one-bedrooms, 13 twos and 3 threes) over a 10-car garage and three (3) of the residential units would be offered at below market rates.

But keep in mind that while the 55 Belcher Street site is zoned for development up to 40 feet in height, the density for the merged 10,600-square-foot parcel is limited to 18 units in principle. And as such, an application to secure Conditional Use Authorization for the additional density has been submitted to Planning.

As always, we’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by excuse me while i kiss the burrito

    Does the density bonus allow for increased density without increased height?

    • Posted by Neighborhood Activist

      They aren’t taking advantage of the density bonus (which would require increased height.) They are just asking for additional density within the same building envelope. It’s an awfully dense development for a mid block parcel on a narrow little “in between the grid” street. And the tiny units they want to create are raising some eyebrows in the neighborhood.

      • Posted by Ex-neighbor

        I agree. Smaller units mean cheaper rent which won’t support the fancy restaurants nearby. Duboce Triangle needs to fully transition into an expensive mini neighborhood.

        • Posted by BTinSF

          Given what even the tiniest condo in SF costs these days, the buyers are going to have to have substantial pay checks and can probably afford anything I’ve seen in the area (I haven’t tried them all, but I eat at a couple of them fairly often).

    • Posted by Mark Cole

      3 affordable apartments? Amazing how developers maximize and rake in unprecedented profits while the city does nothing to help the middle class and working class.

  2. Posted by JustLooking

    Wait! What! No “ground floor retail?” I am just shocked.

  3. Posted by jimbo

    this should be at least 3 floors higher

  4. Posted by Vick Toryanne

    How about they rename that street while they are at it?

  5. Posted by Wyatt Hunter

    It’s just so formulaic… and boring. Can’t a developer actually build something unique, innovative and well designed?

  6. Posted by DT Resident

    NIMBY neighbors are trying to shut this project down for being “too tall” … there are other 4-story buildings on the same street. sad.

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