Speaking of infill projects, the plans for a proposed six-story, 60-foot-tall building to rise on 18th Street, between Church and Sanchez, could be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission this afternoon, as newly rendered by SIA Consulting (yes, that SIA Consulting) below.
Purchased for $1.9 million in November of last year, plans to raze the little 1,200-square-foot home at 3832 18th Street, a “1900’s home with period detail on [an] amazing block in Eureka Valley,” are in the works.
And as envisioned by M-J SF Investments, which is effectively an arm of Vanguard Properties, a six-story building would rise up to 60 feet in height upon the home’s parcel and yield 19 single room occupancy (SRO) units.
While the 3,872-square-foot parcel is currently only zoned for development up to 40 feet in height, and a maximum of four individual units, the project team is aiming to define the units as “Group Housing” (a designation which would allow for up to 14 units in a single development) and employ a State Density Bonus for the additional height and density.
Keep in mind that Group Housing units can only be outfitted with “limited kitchen facilities” (which includes a small counter space, a small under-counter refrigerator, a small sink, a microwave, and a small two-ring burner but no oven).
And in order to qualify as a single room occupancy (SRO) project, which would be necessary for the development as envisioned, none of the units could effectively exceed a gross floor area of 350 square feet (which is not the case as preliminarily designed and rendered).
And while opposed by neighbors, who have sought to have the height reduced and the building redesigned, with interior-facing units, a basement level and smaller units in order to maintain the unit count, but will less mass, suggestions which have been rejected by the project team, San Francisco’s Planning Department Staff is recommending the project be approved as proposed, finding the project “to be necessary, desirable, and compatible with the surrounding neighborhood, and not to be detrimental to persons or adjacent properties in the vicinity.”
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.