Plans to raze the Standard station’s 200-square-foot kiosk on the northwest corner of Van Ness and Pine and remove the four underground storage tanks on the site, which is zoned for development up to 130 feet in height, are in the works.

But don’t get too excited, unless you’re a fan of the existing station. For as envisioned, three new underground storage tanks will then be installed and a new, larger 727-square-foot sales kiosk will be constructed on the site under a modified canopy and fueling dispensers, which will continue to be operated by Chevron, which owns the 14,000-square-foot corner parcel, under their Standard brand.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by c_q

    It’s actually a Standard (not Chevron) station (as you can see in the picture). A quirk of the trademark law is that to retain ownership of a trademark you must actually do business under that name, even if just one location, in each state – and this is that unique location for California.

    [Editor’s Note: Good catch and background information, since corrected above.]

    • Posted by Neighborhood Activist

      I have wondered about that for years. I had theorized that the station operator had some sort of lease condition that would kick in if the station changed name or ownership; your explanation makes more sense. I will miss seeing that “Standard” sign, it takes me back four or five decades every time I see it.

      • Posted by SocketSite

        The Standard sign and branding will remain (since clarified above along with the height limit for the site).

  2. Posted by Notcom

    Density! DENSITY!!
    This is one of the most prominent corners in SF:
    The kiosk should be at least 1000sf.

    • Posted by AndrewK

      I thought you were going to say 1000ft. World’s first supertall gas station.

  3. Posted by Anonymous

    This is a perfect example of why allowing European-style gas stations under a canopy at the bottom of a larger building would do us a lot of good. But I don’t ever expect that sort of thing to be allowed before the demand for gasoline drops off in the coming decade.

    • Posted by NF

      Came here to say this (example).

    • Posted by MOW

      I think Manhattan has a few.

      • Posted by Anonymous

        Really? Any idea where? I want to Street View them.

        • Posted by van nessident

          Not in Manhattan, but I can think of one example in Boston. (see name link)

          • Posted by pvccvp

            I think technically that’s just the convenience store that’s under the building. The gas tanks are all just outside the footprint of the building and the overhang.

    • Posted by Sabbie

      If we could only push through several units here on top of the gas station, then San Francisco real estate would once again be affordable to baristas with humanities degrees.

  4. Posted by Bobby Mucho


  5. Posted by MDG399

    will there be a BMR component of the gas station? Lord knows I could use some Below Market Rate gas… LOL

    • Posted by haighter

      Below Market Rate Gas will be distributed by a lottery to applicants who demonstrate eligibility through their tax returns and DMV registrations 😉

  6. Posted by L'UrbanistaSF

    Is this site not protected under the Historic Petroleum Cultural Resource District regulations?


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