While Planning’s preliminary review of the preliminary plans for a seven-story, 24-unit building to rise up to 84 feet in height upon the parking garage parcel at 955 Sansome Street, at the base of Telegraph Hill, didn’t raise any major red flags, it did elicit “multiple inquiries from individuals within the immediate neighborhood as well as community groups,” which raised “questions and concerns” as to the proposed development’s “height, impacts to light and air on adjacent sites,” as we foreshadowed earlier this year.
And with the Preliminary Project Application for the 7-story building having been submitted and reviewed, plans for a denser 10-story building have been drawn.
As designed by Handel Architects, the proposed building would rise up to 94 feet in height, not including a 14-foot-tall mechanical penthouse and “terrace lobby,” and yield 57 residential units, with 4 one-bedroom units and 53 twos; 2,500 square feet of ground floor retail space fronting Sansome; rooftop terraces with panoramic Bay Bride views for (the new) residents; and off-street parking for 39 cars, 29 of which would be for residents, with 2 car share spaces and a storage room for 57 bikes.
And as the parcel is only zoned for development up to 84 feet in height and a maximum of 24 units, the project team is planning to invoke San Francisco’s HOME-SF program for the height and density as designed, in exchange for which 14 of the units would need to be offered at below market rates (BMR). We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.