178 Townsend Project

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Francisco, City and County of (City and County of San Francisco)
Document Title
178 Townsend Project
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
The site is zoned SLI (Service/Light Industrial)

Document Description
The project site at 176 Townsend Street 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 rehabilitate and convert the building from its current use as a valet parking garage to a residential use with up to 85 housing units and accessory off-street parking for the residential uses. The proposed project also includes ground-floor retail uses. The proposed uses would be housed in a five-story building that would be constructed within the footprint of the existing building on the site, totaling approximately 98,900 gross square feet (gsf), with up to 71,500 gsf in residential uses and up to 1,050 gsf in retail uses as well as parking space, open space, common area, and building service space. New construction would include a partially below-grade parking garage, a five-story structure containing the residential and retail components, and street improvements along Clarence Place. The proposed new structure would be contained within the walls of the existing historic structure and would be set back 40 feet from the Townsend Street facade. The new building would rise above the historic structure's existing 23 to 42 foot tall roofline to a maximum height of 50 feet. The ground-floor level would include an enclosed entry courtyard accessible from the Townsend Street entrance, leading to a central hallway connecting to three smaller internal courtyards that would be open to the floors above. Approximately 5,373 gsf of common usable open space would be provided in the entry courtyard and a roof-top deck. Balconies would provide an additional 3,754 gsf of private open space for 38 of up to 85 proposed units. A one-level, 13,200-gsf, partially underground parking garage would include 74 parking spaces for use by the projects residents, with 72 spaces provided by two-car stackers, as well as 33 bicycle parking spaces in stacked lockers. The garage would be accessed through an existing opening in the facade on Clarence Place.

Contact Information
Sarah Jones
City and County of San Francisco Planning Department
1660 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone : (415) 575-9034


San Francisco
San Francisco
Cross Streets
On the corner of Townsend Street and Clarence Place between 2nd and 3rd Streets
Total Acres
Parcel #
Block 3788, Lot 012
State Highways
80, 280, 101
San Francisco Bay

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Residential (85 Units) Commercial (1,050 Sq. Ft.) Other (Parking,loading,storage;common area, circulation,building serv.,)
Local Action
Use Permit
Project Issues
Archaeologic-Historic Traffic/Circulation Land Use
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 4 California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Public Utilities Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 Department of Water Resources Resources Agency Department of Toxic Substances Control

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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