A slice of the San Francisco Armory
While Kink’s window restoration project for the San Francisco Armory has been replacing boarded-up and broken windows for the first time in 30 years, and the building might actually be feeling a bit festive (rather than altogether abandoned), it’s the hypothetical “Kink condos” that seem to be getting all the attention.

“Porn producer Peter Acworth, who bought the 93-year-old Mission Armory and turned it into a porn video studio, has approached the city Planning Department with the idea of converting some of the building into kinky condos – complete with Webcams for all the world to see.”

“My discussions with the Planning Department have been extremely hypothetical to say the least,” Acworth said via e-mail. “There is no firm plan for using the Armory for anything but a conventional film studio for now.”

We could be wrong, but it sounds more like an inquiry into establishing live-in film studios rather than condo development per se. And while we could be wrong again, it seems as thought the corner of Mission and 14th has been getting better (rather than worse) since Kink acquired the ailing armory.
Porn prince wants to build kinky condos in Armory [SFGate]
From (Proposed) Condos To Kink [SocketSite]

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by zzzzzzzzz

    It was truly poetic justice for the anti-gentrification activists when the Armory was made into a porn studio; the “kinky condo” concept is like icing on the cake.

  2. Posted by anon

    Can we request a condo bathhouse too? Why rent when you can own? On-site theater? Peep booths too? Can we get some city resource on this? It’s OUR tax dollars and we want more staff time devoted to this. Never mind city budget problems and the staffing freeze. What’s a few hundred thousand $ of resource. No-limits-SF you are the coolest.

  3. Posted by scurvy

    Give them some credit, they did put some Christmas lights up on the Armory this year.

  4. Posted by curmudgeon

    The armory is finally looking like someone is taking care of it. It’s clean, well lit outside, and didn’t they also replace the windows? Oh, and they’re flying a flag off the flagpoles. People should get over it.

  5. Posted by david

    This is a different angle altogether on this story: it’s an insight into the shrinking market for paid for porn:
    http://www.portfolio.com/culture-lifestyle/culture-inc/arts/2007/10/15/YouPorn-Vivid-Entertainment-Profile
    Follow the link if you’re interested in the current state of the porn industry’s economy and how it’s being undermined by free porn online at sites like youporn.com.
    It’s possible that they may ultimately be positioning themselves to develop the site as a way out of a shrinking business model.
    Just a thought.
    David

  6. Posted by Jeffrey W. Baker

    The problem with this theory is that the joke played upon the MAC by kink.com relied on the fact that they didn’t need any city planning permits to install their porn studio in the armory. If they were to redevelop it into dwellings, they need a permit, and suddenly they will find themselves at the mercy of the neighborhood activists.

  7. Posted by zzzzzzz

    I understand that a nearby women’s shelter decided to move as soon as it was announced that Kink.com was going to be a neighbor. I hope the MAC is proud of its heroic stand for “social justice!”

  8. Posted by Miles

    It sounds like this is just a plan to provide temporary housing for the guest “talent” that they fly in to do video shoots. I doubt that it will be a large number of residential units.

  9. Posted by Jimmy C.

    David… you’re kidding. You Porn is getting sued out of business (when they can locate the owner). Porn is why the internet exists.
    God Bless Peter Acworth.

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