Present Land Use
The project block is currently developed with commercial uses. Nearby land uses include residential, office, retail (including restaurant), auto service, church, and parking. There is a variety of building types, sizes, and ages, with building heights varying from one to 14 stories in the immediate project vicinity, with most buildings ranging from two to three stories. There is a preponderance of residential uses in the vicinity of the project site, particularly to the west of the site. The 14-story San Francisco Towers, a residential life-care facility, is located one block to the north, occupying the block defined by Van Ness Avenue, Pine Street, Austin Street, and Franklin Street. A 12-story office building with ground-floor commercial uses is located directly across Fern Street to the south, and a 6-story commercial building housing an auto dealership and service center is located on the eastern half of the project block. Within five blocks of the project site, there are five to eight-story residential apartment buildings, residential towers (from 45-300 units and 11-25 stories in height), and large hotel or office buildings from eight to 12 stories.
The proposed project would develop a 13-story mixed-use building with ten floors of residential condominiums over two stories of parking, a ground-floor entrance lobby and ground-floor commercial space, and one level of underground parking. The building would provide approximately 1,470 gross square feet of ground-floor commercial office space and 69 residential apartments, including 10 studio units, 21 one-bedroom units, and 38 two-bedroom units. The ground floor of the building would provide three off-street commercial parking spaces, including one handicap accessible space. The three levels of parking (second and third floors and one basement level) would provide a total of 70 residential parking spaces, and three spaces for the office use.