Plans to raze the one-and-a-half-story building at 3565 Geary Boulevard, which is currently home to Grand Hot Pot Lounge, are in the works. And as envisioned, a seven-story building will rise up to 65 feet in height upon the Lone Mountain site which is actually zoned for development up to 80 feet.
And while the site is only zoned for the development of around 20 residential units, in terms of density, the project team is planning to leverage California’s Density Bonus program to build up to 54 units of “student housing,” with a mix of 48 one-bedrooms and 6 twos, over 3,100 square feet of new ground floor retail space and a 26 car garage.
As we added last year:
A new set of plans has since been drafted for the site. And in addition to leveraging California’s Density Bonus law to build more units on the parcel, Shatara Architecure now envisions leveraging San Francisco’s Home SF program to build higher as well, with plans for a 9-story building rising up to 89 feet in height, with a mix of 42 two-bedrooms units, 4 four-bedrooms and 27 five-bedroom, two-bath units, over a 1,024 square foot commercial space and a garage for 15 cars.
And while the project would still be considered to be “group housing,” the new plans don’t necessarily envision the development to be used by students.
But as with the plans for the supersized infill development to rise on Post Street, there’s a fundamental problem with the Geary Street project as proposed. Namely, San Francisco’s HOME-SF program explicitly prohibits projects with any “Group Housing” units from qualifying for any bonuses.
And without a density bonus, a maximum of 19 units could be built on the site, versus the 73 as proposed, and any development of the site would require a Conditional Use Authorization to be approved by the City as well. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.