Acquired along with the early 1900’s home at 245 Upper Terrace for $1.25 million in 2002, plans to demolish the detached, 351-square-foot garage, which sits on a separate parcel tagged 247 Upper Terrace, have been drawn. And as envisioned, a modern 4,081-square-foot, five-level structure could rise on the down sloping Corona Heights lot, designed as a two-unit building by Cumby Architecture, with two three-bedroom units and a one-car garage.
As the parcel sits within the “Corona Heights Large Residence Special Use District,” which was adopted under the guise of “Monster Home legislation,” designed “to protect and enhance existing neighborhood character, encourage new infill housing at compatible densities and scale, and provide for thorough assessment of proposed large-scale residences that could adversely impact the area and affordable housing opportunities,” San Francisco’s Planning Commission will need to approve a Conditional Use Authorization for the project to proceed.
And while nine neighbors have voiced their opposition to the development, objecting to the project’s “massing and scale, impacts to the midblock open space, increased on-street parking demand…safety concerns with construction on the lot’s steep slope, and the protection and integrity of the existing tree at the rear of the lot (which would be removed),” San Francisco’s Planning Department is recommending that the project be approved next week. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.