Having been panned by Planning when first proposed, the plans for a modern SRO building to rise up to 86 feet in height on the southeast corner of South Van Ness Avenue and 15th Street, with around 150 above-ground micro-units and 65 underground “sleeping units,” with shared “cooking, hygiene and leisure spaces,” have been revised. And the proposed below-grade sleeping rooms, with bunk bed pods, remain in the plans.
But a rear courtyard on the sub-basement level now provides “natural light by means of exterior glazed openings” to the basement and sub-basement units, as required per Chapter 12 of the San Francisco Building Code Section 1205, as well as to the 164-square-foot micro-units which would ring the courtyard’s lightwell above, each of which would be outfitted with a convertible Murphy bed, bathroom, compact fridge, sink, and microwave, with a shared community room and full kitchens for the units on each floor.
And the project team, which is positioning the project as “a modern-day version of the affordable SRO (single-room occupancy) hotels that were populated by San Francisco’s working-class, transient laborers, and immigrants during the last century,” has now filed its formal application to move forward with the development as revised and which would yield 153 above-grade micro units, 48 below-grade beds, 3,700-square-feet of ground floor commercial space, a storage room for 48 bikes and a 750-square-foot roof terrace for the building’s residents.
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