As we revealed back in 2018, plans to level the long-standing Wells Fargo branch building at 2055 Chestnut Street and redevelop its Marina District parcel, which stretches from Chestnut to Lombard, were in the works and subsequently rendered.

Since refined by Jensen Architects for the Prado Group, as newly rendered below, the proposed 40-foot-tall building to rise across the site would yield a total of 49 apartments (a mix of 34 one-bedrooms, 8 twos and 7 threes) over 36,700 square feet of new retail space (including 14,000 square feet of basement space for a potential grocery store tenant) and a basement garage with its entrance on Lombard and 20 parking spaces to serve the retailers and no off-street parking for the development’s residents (save a ground floor storage room for 52 bikes).

And having just been cleared from having to complete a resource-intensive environmental review, the proposed infill development could soon be approved. That being said, permits for the project have yet to be requested, much less approved, and Wells Fargo has yet to move down the block to 2100 Chestnut Street. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

22 thoughts on “Chestnut Street Development Further Refined, Closer to Reality”
  1. Love this a lot. Such a good use of this valuable large parcel. Could it be two stories taller– probably. but I’ll take this improvement.

    Particularly like the small parking requirements, and the fact that the driveway is on Lombard, and not Chestnut. Nicely done.

  2. High end grocers like Bi-Rite must be salivating over the idea of being in that space. The Marina is quite underserved for grocery.

    And yes, it should be taller, but I’ll take it. Death to surface parking lots, any way we can.

    1. How is the Marina underserved for grocery? Marina Super’s been there for decades. Marina Meats is also a great butcher. There’s also a Safeway down by Fort Mason.

      1. In San Francisco, I’d consider Safeway to be a mid to low end grocer, compared to Whole Foods and the variety of boutique grocers out there. Marina Super is relatively small. This grocer would likely compete with it. Marina Meats is a specialty shop.

        1. Whole Foods (California / Franklin) is a 5-minute drive from Marina or ~15-20 minute walk (one way) for the healthy depending on section of Marina. Alternatively, Mollie Stones is also a 5-10 minute drive from Marina or a ~15-20 minute walk up the hills for the mega healthy. There is also another grocer on Fillmore @ Jackson (forget the name) if you don’t want to trek the extra several additional blocks to Mollie.

          Marina is not in a food dessert for upper end, specialty, or lower end (Safeway).

          1. Whole Foods and Mollie Stones are both pretty far up the hill from Chestnut for walking, at least you only have to carry groceries on the way down

          2. Mayflower Market is the small grocery store at Fillmore and Jackson, but no one would need to walk that far–there is Luke’s Local on Union Street at Fillmore.

    2. There is a moratorium on building a taller building this side of Lombard. If you notice the tallest building in the Marina is 2010 chestnut st chestnut and Fillmore. That building is nearly 100 years old. Remember the Marina is built on sand and landfill.

  3. Who in their right mind would want to live directly on lombard st frontage. Enjoy the 24/7 90 decibel traffic and building vibrations from Harleys and commercial trucks. It it like being a sound prisoner where you can never open your windows. To enjoy all of the freeway pollution. This space is best used for commercial property.

    1. Modern construction and windows are remarkable things. I know someone who lives on Fell St (also a freeway) but because it’s a new building, there is very little sound pollution.

      1. Perhaps, but try opening those “Modern” windows to get some fresh airflow, not possible. Ever. If the noise doesn’t kill you the air quality will. This land is best utilized as a parking lot for overflow Chestnut street traffic, not livable residences.

    2. I’m sure the Chestnut side will be priced a little higher, but the fact that it’s midblock on a street that the traffic signals favor (living at a stop sign can be more annoying than living on a busy street that flows) and has some full-sized trees should help the noise—it’ll definitely need an annual power washing. I lived in a 100 year-old building on Oak and it wasn’t bad. Hell, I lived over Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle and found the traffic noise pretty soothing.

  4. The city should do a survey of these parking-free buildings and determine how many cars the residents have added to their already crowded street-parking.

    1. The city should do a survey of homes with garages and see how many are filled with junk while their owners park on the street.

        1. Conducting a survey is a far cry from regulation, and you know that.

          We definitely need greater regulation of automobiles and greater restrictions on the ability of each of us to rather freely treat our atmosphere like a sewer, without personal penalty for doing so.

        1. Good grief, it was a joke. My point was, if you care about that residents in parking-free buildings taking up street parking space, you should also care about residents of homes with garages taking up street parking (which happens usually bc their garages are full of things other than cars).

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