Purchased with a faulty foundation for $1.925 million in January of last year, plans to demolish the little 1,270-square-foot Noe Valley home at 228 Vicksburg Street were soon drafted by E.E. Weiss Architects. And as proposed, a four-story, 6,325-square-foot building could rise up to 40 feet in height on the RH-3 zoned lot, with three two-bedroom condos over a 789-square-foot garage for two cars and three bikes.
While opposed by ten neighbors and the “Noe Neighborhood Council,” all of whom have voiced objections ranging from the loss of the existing structure and a backyard tree to the scale and mass of the proposed new building, its impact on neighboring units’ light and air, the affordability of the new units, and the lack of an off-street parking spot for all three units, San Francisco’s Planning Department is recommending the project be approved this week, noting that the proposed new building is “Code-complying and designed to be in-keeping with the existing development pattern and neighborhood character of the neighborhood.”
And while the project would require the demolition of an existing residential unit, for which a Conditional Use Authorization needs to be approved, “the Project would create a total of three new larger units and a total of three additional bedrooms on the site, thereby maintaining the maximum allowed density at the Project site while creating additional family-sized housing,” per Planning, and “[wouldn’t] be detrimental to persons or adjacent properties in the vicinity,” a determination with which a number of neighbors disagree.