While plans to construct a new six-story building rising up to 65 feet in height behind the brick façade of the two-story building at 531-535 Bryant Street, which was built in 1918 and flagged as a potential historic resource, were drafted and submitted to the City back in 2016, the existing façade has since been found to be in an “advanced [state of] deterioration” per a commissioned Historic Resource Evaluation and the proposed approach for redeveloping the site while retaining the historic façade has been deemed infeasible.
And as such, plans to level the site and build anew were subsequently drafted and refined by Handel Architects for the Urban Land Development, LLC.
The refined proposal would yield a new five-story building, which would still rise up to 65 feet in height, with
39,578 46,389 square feet of office space over 2,899 square feet of ground floor retail use with a 19-foot ceiling height, a fifth-floor terrace and rooftop deck for the building’s tenants, and a landscaped rear courtyard space along Zoe (along with 3 micro-retail spaces).
And having found that the proposed development is, “on balance, consistent with the Central SoMa Area Plan and the Objectives and Policies of the General Plan,” and that the proposed office space “will contribute to the economic activity in the neighborhood and is consistent and compatible with the mix of uses in the immediate vicinity,” San Francisco’s Planning Department is recommending that the project and approach be approved.