Plans for a 4-story addition to rise atop the historic two-story garage at 1650 Pacific Avenue, which was designed by the O’Brien Brothers and built in 1921, adjacent to Harris’ (which was built in 1919), are in the works.

And as envisioned by Feldman Architecture, a “contrasting and muted addition,” with a limited and set-back street presence, would serve to emphasize the existing historic structure (which would be preserved and restored).

The addition, which is likely to face some pushback from owners in the relatively new building across the street with Bay views, would yield 12 new condos, including 11 two-bedrooms and three-bedroom penthouse unit, atop 8,600 square feet of renovated commercial space, with a ground-floor retail space and a 10-car garage.

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by scurvy

    Pacific is flat right there, and all of the buildings are low. If the neighbors wanted views, they should have bought on a hill/incline.

  2. Posted by NFSF

    Any idea if the TRX training center will stay?

  3. Posted by Maurice

    These historic garage buildings in the Van Ness corridor are the weirdest bit of historic preservation. With a few execptions, there’s no reason to save most of these buildings as faux-historic facades.

    • Posted by Dixon Hill

      You might not think much of them as “historical resources” but they provide some texture for neighborhoods that are becoming increasingly homogenized and lacking in character. I say keep the facades.

    • Posted by Scott F

      Agreed. Just tear it down and start over. Any historical interest is so niche that whoever is really going to be heartbroken about it has already taken photos and compiled them into a book, and that’s plenty.

  4. Posted by AJC

    That was the location of my first job in SF way back in 97! Good ole Mel Lee Associates

  5. Posted by mary_jane_jacobs

    No way this gets built in next 5 years.

  6. Posted by Anonymous

    Ooooh. I like it! We need more housing.

  7. Posted by Lee

    Great, hope they can build quickly!

  8. Posted by SocketSite

    UPDATE: While the preliminary plans for the project were submitted to Planning, and feedback secured, a formal application to secure entitlements for the project has yet to be filed or reviewed (much less approved). But the garage, which was purchased for $8 million in August of 2019, has just returned to the market with the preliminary plans attached and a $10 million price tag.

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