178 Townsend Street Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City and County of San Francisco
Document Title
178 Townsend Street Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
The site is zoned SLI (Service/Light Industrial)
Document Description
The project site is at 178 Townsend Street, on the corner of Townsend Street and Clarence Place between Second Street and Third Street. The site is zoned SLI (Service/Light Industrial), is in a 50-X Height and Bulk District, and is occupied by the California Electric Light Company Station B building, a Contributory Building within the South End Historic District. The Project Sponsor proposes to preserve and convert the building from its current use as a valet parking garage to a mix of ground-floor retail and up to 85 housing units, with accessory off-street parking for the residential uses. The existing corrugated steel roof, which has been determined to be non-historic, would be removed to accommodate the project. The proposed uses would be housed in an approximately 5-story building totaling approximately 86,000 gross square feet (gsf), with 62,000 gsf in residential uses and 2,350 gsf in retail uses as well as parking space, open space, common area, and building service space. The proposed structure would be contained within the walls of the existing structure and would be set back 40 feet from Townsend Street. The new building would rise above the existing 23- to 42-foot tall roofline to a height of 50 feet. The ground floor level would include a publicly-accessible courtyard located immediately behind the walls of the Townsend Street facade and lined with two small retail spaces. A one-level, 13,200-gsf, underground parking garage within 74 parking spaces in two-car stackers, accessed from Clarence Place, would be provided for use by residents. The project would require a Conditional Use authorization, variance approval, and a Certificate of Appropriateness for alterations to a Contributory Building within the South End Historic District.

Contact Information

Paul Maltzer
Agency Name
City and County of San Francisco
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Francisco
San Francisco
Cross Streets
On the corner of Townsend Street and Clarence Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets
Total Acres
Parcel #
Block 3788, Lot 012
San Francisco Bay

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Residential (Units 85), Commercial (Sq. Ft. 2,350), Other
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Wildlife, wind and shadows
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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