With the mandated Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed redevelopment of the decaying Portola District block at 770 Woolsey Street having effectively confirmed Planning’s proposed approach to mitigating the impact of the development on the historic University Mound Nursery (a.k.a Rose Factory) site, the further refined plans for the project, as newly rendered by Iwamoto Scott Architecture [above], are now even closer to reality.
Assuming the Draft EIR (DEIR) is certified…and the project is approved, the development team (L37 Partners) is now positioning to break ground on the two-year project in March of next year (2022).
The refined plans for the block would yield 62 dwelling units, configured as 31 duplexes rising up to 35 feet in height, with 28 two-bedrooms, 34 three-bedrooms, a total of 62 off-street parking spaces and a 0.38-acre public park/community garden on the southwest corner of the block, with two rebuilt greenhouse structures and a new “boiler house”/shed.
And with Planning having determined that none of the comments received on the DEIR provide any information that would warrant a recirculation of the report, nor have they identified any new significant environmental impacts or “feasible project alternatives or mitigation measures that are considerably different from those analyzed in the draft EIR and/or that the project sponsor has not agreed to implement,” the impact report for the proposed redevelopment of the decaying Portola District block is slated to be certified, and the project approved, by San Francisco’s Planning Commission next week.
That being said, neither demolition nor building permits for the proposed project have yet to be requested. But we’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.