Plans for a 12-story infill building to rise up to 125 feet in height on the site of the Polk Gulch funeral home at 1123 Sutter Street (Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English) have been drafted.

While the columned façade of the funeral home would be preserved, the space behind would be converted into 5,600 square feet of retail space, with an adjacent 3,200-square-foot space for a child care center and residential units above, as massed by BAR Architects for the development team, Martin Building, below.

In addition, the adjacent parking garage on the corner of (1101) Sutter and Larkin, which has been deemed a potential historic resource, would be gutted, its ground floor converted into 5,000 square feet of office space (and the new building’s lobby), with apartments and a new amenity and deck space addition above.

The overall development would yield a total of 197 new apartments (a mix of 41 studios, 75 one-bedrooms and 81 twos) as envisioned, with basement parking for 90 cars, along with the retail, office and child care spaces outlined above.  We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

18 thoughts on “Big Plans for a Polk Gulch Infill Project Revealed”
  1. This feels like the right scale for Polk Gulch: seems equivalent in height to the Carlton Hotel visible to the left across Larkin. I’m looking forward to seeing this built someday.

      1. I guess the substantial change of plans expanding the height and density explains the delay in starting construction likely meaning the original entitlement secured in ’16 needs to be updated.

  2. “…the façade of the existing funeral would be preserved…” … to help us remember all we good times we had when viewing a deceased loved one.

        1. No it’s not. It’s historically been defined as bounded by Geary, Mason, Van Ness, and Market.

          1. Google maps has it running south of Geary from Van Ness all the way to Grant!

            Then Market, but also north of McAllister.

      1. i lived on van ness and sutter 23 years ago and it was definitely called the ternderloin then. and for sure, the term polk gulch was not used

  3. For whatever it’s worth, residents pretty much call it Lower Nob Hill. At least during the 9 years I lived on Sutter (Lived one block E of project site on Sutter).

  4. Excellent infill project although we’re probably a whole cycle away. I box across the street and thus look at this parcel frequently, and it is so underutilized.

  5. Can’t wait to see the corner of Larkin cleaned up. I’ve lived across from the garage for a decade and it’s a magnet for all the things wrong with the neighborhood, hope this is the update we’ve been looking for.

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