If approved as envisioned, GLIDE’s six-story administrative and community services building at 330 Ellis Street, which currently rises up to 76 feet in height adjacent to the iconic Glide Memorial Church, could be demolished and a new 10-story building could rise up to 165 feet in height across the existing building’s parcel and adjacent parking lot.
The proposed development would yield nearly 111,000 square feet of modern administrative and services space, including new kitchen and dining facilities for GLIDE’s Free Daily Meals program; meeting, gathering and program office space; and additional space for GLIDE clients, staff, strategic partners and community members. In addition, the basement and ground floor of the Memorial Church would be renovated as well.
The project as proposed, however, is both taller and denser than principally allowed and the existing building at 330 Ellis Street has been identified as a historic resource, along with the church. As such, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the development will need to be completed, certified and a mitigation plan approved in order to proceed. And while the non-residential development can’t qualify for a density bonus to allow for the size of the project as proposed, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors could approve a project-specific Special Use District (SUD) for the development, the establishment of which San Francisco’s Planning Department has just formally determined “[would] enable the expansion of a unique community-serving program in the Tenderloin neighborhood that will benefit the city as a whole.”
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