If all goes as proposed, the “290-by 54-foot-wide portion of Jessie Street extending between 5th Street and Mint Street” (off Mission) will be transformed into Mint Plaza – an automobile free pedestrian plaza lined by cafés, restaurants, and bars. Oh, and lofts (more on this tomorrow).
According to Livable City, the “schematic design for the plaza was developed based on two community workshops…[and] was presented at the Civic Design review committee of the San Francisco Arts Commission on July 17 and the San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board on July 19.” And it’s consistent with with Livable City’s Livable Downtown Initiative which aims to create a downtown “neighborhood that feels like home” by focusing on “livable streets, managing parking and traffic, improving public transit, and balancing jobs with housing.”
And while the development of Mint Plaza might not be entirely altruistic (did we mention those lofts?), we’re big fans of the concept and continued investment in the neighborhood.
∙ Mint Plaza [San Francisco]
∙ Mint Lofts: 410 + 418 Jessie Street, San Francisco [SocketSite]
∙ Livable City [livablecity.org]
∙ The Livable Downtown Initiative [livablecity.org]
∙ It’s All About Service And Style At The Soma Grand (1160 Mission) [SocketSite]