The big Mission District parcel/parking lot on the corner of 16th Street and Shotwell, upon which the Rolling Stock tire shop had stood prior to being engulfed in flames back in 2015, is on the market with a $10 million price tag and zoned for development up to 58 feet in height.

That being said, the site is zoned for production, distribution and repair (PDR) uses. And as such, residential and office developments are currently prohibited and even retail and institutional uses are limited.

But, the parcel’s zoning does allow for a temporary homeless shelter to be erected upon the site with Conditional Use authorization. And in fact, if approved during a declared shelter crisis, such a use is not only principally permitted, it may be permanent.

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Doubtist

    A tent lot is not a permanent solution, so no.

  2. Posted by jimbo

    a homeless shelter with mandatory treatment and required sobriety would be perfect here.

  3. Posted by Sarah Cruz

    With 20% unemployment – need a stable job producing manufacturing facility here with the 700 new afforbable units being built next door.

  4. Posted by Garheng Gong

    A covid-19 test production lab would be great here

  5. Posted by MDG399

    You can’t swing a dead cat in this neighborhood without hitting a homeless shelter, SRO, Low rent housing or any of the 1000’s of tents blocking the sidewalks

    Should I mention the crap on the streets, needles, crazy people, garbage, ad Infinitum

    Enough…! Go build another shelter in Pac Heights

    Watch the haters come and attack me for stating the obvious

    • Posted by Jessica Martinez

      Just about to say the same. Need more jobs with 20% unemployment. Keep it PDR

  6. Posted by Chris

    Too expensive to build a PDR building so it will remain a fenced lot for years to come. A shelter use would at least have toilets which is a better place for poop than our sidewalks. Build a Shelter or a big Sh*tter!!

  7. Posted by Eunice Nguyen

    Have plenty of port-a potties across the street at Bart Station. Need to spread the wealth to other districts. The Navigation Center 3 blocks away is already a disaster with Good Neighbor policy turning into a bad neighbor policy. Definitely should be kept as PDR space.

  8. Posted by Anonymous

    It’d be better if this entire end of the block, spanning over to South Van Ness where that Sixt location currently is, could be assembled into a larger development. Not counting on it though.

  9. Posted by Panhandle Pro

    With the exception of Potrero Hill, I feel for anyone living in the area bounded by Van Ness + California + Cesar Chavez. The homeless encampment + SRO + shelter situation has gotten out of hand for this entire portion of the city. There’s also a ton of construction going on as it transitions from an industrial area to a residential + commercial one.

    Eventually this area will improve, but it will take decades.

  10. Posted by aerl

    It’s 3 blocks from a BART station, this lot should be rezoned residential. No brainer.

    • Posted by Brahma (incensed renter)

      This kind of thinking was germane in in the Before Times. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s at least highly questionable if developers or city planners can simple-mindedly assume that residential buildings located physically near public transit will serve a higher, more valuable purpose than commercial uses, because public transit ridership levels have fallen off a cliff and people might very well be far more reluctant to take BART in the future.

      • Posted by jimbo

        it will take 5+ years for any residential to actually be built even if it was rezoned. I dont think there will be concern about public transit in 5 years. should be back to normal within 2.

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