Plans to raze the 2-story San Francisco Fire Credit Union building at 12 Mint Plaza are in the works. And as envisioned by Prime Design for Elsey Partners, which is the Kansas-based team behind a couple of contentious micro-unit developments in the Mission, an eight-story, 160-bed “pod hotel” could rise up to 85 feet in height upon the Mid-Market site.
Inspired by the pod-style hotels first seen in Japan, but with a bit less privacy, each pod in the six 690-square-foot “sleeping rooms” would be outfitted with a blackout curtain, fold down desk, storage bin, charging ports, individual lighting and temperature control.
Shared bathrooms at the end of the six pod floors would be outfitted with three showers, three toilets and four open sinks, with a basement-level spa, an eight-floor bar/breakfast space and a 750-square-foot rooftop terrace for guests.
The hotel as proposed would total around 16,000 square feet, which is roughly 5,000 square feet larger than the base zoning for the parcel would allow. But the purchase of Transferable Development Rights (TDR) would allow for the floor area of the project as proposed and Planning’s preliminary review of the plans didn’t raised any red flags.
That being said, we’ve been notified that a different entity, BD Hotels, has not only trademarked “THE POD HOTEL” but is seeking to enforce an exclusive right to the use of the word “POD” in connection with hotels, which is likely to result in a redesign of the proposed Mint Plaza project’s facade, at the very least.