In the works since mid-2015, as we first reported at the time, San Francisco’s Planning Commission approved the bonus-sized plans for a modern 8-story building to rise up to 83 feet on the historic Grubstake site last month, a site which is principally zoned for development up to 65 feet in height.
As refined by Kerman Morris Architects, the approved through lot development would front both Pine and Austin Streets, with 21 apartments over an all-new restaurant space that would incorporate salvaged elements of the existing restaurant, including its signage and windows, and the development of “an interpretive program” to document “the property’s historical themes, associations, and lost contributing features within broader historical, social, and physical landscape contexts.”
But Planning had received a number of letters in opposition to the project at the time of its approval, primarily from owners and residents of the “Austin” which was built next door, with stated concerns ranging from the project’s impact on the light, air and private terraces of the Austin’s units that currently overlook the site, to a “lack of parking” and “over-supply of housing in the neighborhood” (when taking the pipeline of local proposals into account). And while likely to fail, Planning’s approval of the project has now formally been appealed. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.