As we revealed back in 2019, plans to demolish the façade of the burned-out Verdi Building at 659 Union Street, between Columbus and Powell, and redevelop the site in the heart of North Beach were in the works and even bigger plans for a 98-unit residential building rising up to 85 feet in height upon the site, with a boutique 14-room hotel and rooftop terrace/restaurant atop the development and a row of new ground floor restaurant and retail space below, were being drawn.
But and as we fore-shadowed last year:
“While the development as proposed was designed “to minimize [its] visual impact” and projected shadows on Washington Square, Washington Square has a designated zero tolerance (i.e., 0% Absolute Cumulative Limit) for new shadows to be cast upon the park by way of San Francisco’s Sunlight Ordinance (a.k.a. Prop K).
And as confirmed by the preliminary shadow fan prepared by Planning, the project is likely to cast new shadows on Washington Square Park as proposed.
As such, if the proposed project can’t be redesigned to eliminate any new shadowing of Washington Square Park, the project team will need to lobby for the cumulative shadow limit for the high profile park to be lifted (in addition to a rezoning and granting of a Special Use District for the site from San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors).”
And with that in mind and facing pushback from the neighborhood, the project team has since agreed to preserve the Verdi Building’s three street-facing walls and limit the vertical redevelopment of the site to a partially enclosed fourth floor, set to the rear of Verdi Building’s façade, “such that no new shadow is cast on Washington Park,” as newly rendered by Gould Evans below:
And with a horizontal addition along Powell Street and behind the existing building, in what is now a vacant space adjacent to the structure, the revised plans for the development would now yield a total of 23 residential units, a mix of 11 studios, 3 one-bedrooms, 6 twos and 3 threes, over new ground floor restaurant/retail space, with the fourth floor addition and rooftop open space envisioned as a new restaurant as well.
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.