Waylaid by a groundswell of local opposition, plans to mostly demolish the brick and timber Fitzgerald Furniture Company building on the northeast corner of 19th and Bryant Streets and develop a contemporary six-story building upon the Mission District site could be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission this afternoon.
But in a concession to pushback from various neighbors and neighborhood groups, the ground floor of the new building will remain Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) space which Fitzgerald Furniture and Upholstery will be allowed to re-occupy, “for at least 20 years,” rather than converted to new restaurant/retail space as originally proposed and rendered above and below.
And rather than paying an Affordable Housing in-lieu fee as originally planned, twelve (12) of the sixty (60) apartments to rise atop the ground floor space will be offered at below market rates (BMR), priced to be “affordable” to those making up to 150 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). And the number of off-street parking spaces in the development’s underground garage has been reduced from 45 to 24.
But despite 17 letters of opposition from neighborhood residents and a business owner, “concerned that the height and density of the building is inappropriate for the neighborhood and requesting it be lowered to three to four stories,” the proposed 68-foot height and density of the building remain unchanged.
UPDATE: The hearing for 2750 19th Street has been continued to August 23.