Plans to redevelop the Tenderloin parcel upon which the columned Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist sits at 450 O’Farrell Street were approved [in September of 2018], with designs for a new 13-story, mixed-use building to rise behind the church’s existing façade, and around the corner, having been drawn.
But as a condition of the project’s approval, the project team agreed to redesign the lower levels of the development to eliminate the existing colonnade and yield a building that is “contemporary but compatible” with the surrounding historic district.
The revised plans for the project, as newly rendered by BDE Architecture below, will be presented to San Francisco’s Planning Commission this week, after which permits for the development, which is slated to yield 176 residential units along with a new church and a ground floor restaurant/retail space, while razing Shalimar around the corner, to which a spur of the development extends, could be issued and Trammell Crow Residential (TCR) could soon break ground.
While the revised architectural plans for the development were, in fact, approved last year, another big revision has just been requested.
And if approved, the residential component of the project will now be configured as a 303-bedroom “Group Housing” development, positioned as being “well suited [for] workforce housing,” rather than yielding 176 individual apartments. The approved 46 parking spaces for the building’s residents are now proposed to be eliminated as well. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.