Prior to closing escrow on his purchase of the iconic Grubstake restaurant at 1525 Pine Street, buyer Nicholas Pigott quietly engaged D-Scheme Studio to draft plans for razing the restaurant and constructing a slender seven-story building on the Polk Gulch site, with 28 small residential units averaging around 400 square feet apiece and 2,000 square feet of retail space fronting Pine.
In a Chronicle article about the pending sale…in which the retiring sellers implied having accepted Pigott’s offer in order to avoid selling to a known developer who would raze the Grubstake and build condos, Pigott was quoted as planning to take over the restaurant and “run it as is,” and that “nothing is going to change.”
Pigott has since authorized D-Scheme Studio to act as his agent in order to obtain the necessary permits to pursue the development as outlined above and the required applications have started working their way through Planning.
The paperwork to secure demolition permits for the site has since been submitted to Planning. And the formal application to move forward with a redevelopment, as newly designed and rendered below by Kerman Morris Architects, has now been submitted to Planning as well.
Employing a density bonus, the revised plans would now yield an 8-story building rising up to 83 feet in height on the site, with 21 apartments over an all-new restaurant space incorporating the existing restaurant’s lunch wagon facade and windows, and a replicated barrel ceiling behind, a space into which Grubstake is currently envisioned to return.
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.