Plans to raze the “fully remodeled Single-Family Home with all the bells and whistles” at 611 Jones Street, which was purchased for $3 million in 2015, and build up to 90 feet in height upon the narrow Lower Nob Hill site, a block from its border with the Tenderloin, could be approved this week.
Plans to develop a ten-story building, with nine (9) condos over a two-car garage on the parcel, were approved by the City back in 2001 but were subsequently abandoned and more recent plans for a 13-story, 12-unit building to rise up to 130 feet in height on the site have been abandoned as well.
And as newly drafted by Workshop1, the latest set of plans would yield seven (7) two-bedroom condos measuring 1,156 square feet apiece, with off street parking for seven (7) bikes and zero (0) cars.
From San Francisco’s Planning Department with respect to the downsizing of the proposed development:
“The project proposed at time of submittal contained 13 stories and 12 dwelling units; however, in order to maintain compatibility with the surrounding neighborhood and historic context, the project was limited to a maximum of 9 or 10 stories, with setbacks needed above the 8th floor. The reduced floor area at the upper stories due to the setback, coupled with higher costs associated with a “high-rise” construction typology under the Fire Code led the Project Sponsor to limit the building to 8 stories.
Additionally, there has been a recent change of interpretation at the state level regarding the Fire Code, where roof decks are now considered “occupiable floors”. As such, the project needed to remove the previously proposed roof deck to keep the building below the “high-rise” construction threshold.
The usable open space for the project is therefore entirely provided at the ground floor rear yard. In order to maintain access to this space and provide additional storage and bicycle parking for the units, the project proposes dwelling units only at the second floor and above.”
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.