Augmenting the designs we brought you a year ago, the Draft Environmental Impact Report for 935-965 Market Street (a.k.a. “CityPlace“) is now online with all its gory details.
The building would be on the south side of Market Street, mid-block between Fifth and Sixth Streets. Stevenson Street forms the southern boundary of the site. The approximately 1.06-acre project site is on Assessor’s Block 3704, Lots 71, 72, and 73. It is in the C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) and C-3-R (Downtown Retail) Zoning Districts and the 120-X Height and Bulk District.
The project site is developed with three mixed-use commercial and office buildings: 935-939 Market Street, 941-945 Market Street, and 947-965 Market Street. These buildings, which are currently vacant, would be demolished to make way for the new building. They contain a total of about 186,400 gross square feet (gsf) including approximately 11,900 gsf of retail space, 67,000 gsf of office space, 95,700 gsf of vacant entertainment space, and 11,800 gsf of mechanical, storage, and service space. The 935-939 Market building is 94 feet tall and has five stories; the 941-945 Market building is 30 feet tall and has two stories; and the 947-965 Market building is 45 feet tall and has two stories.
The proposed new building at 935-965 Market Street, named “CityPlace” by the project sponsor, would be five stories high and approximately 90 feet tall. It would have seven levels of retail space, including a mezzanine and subsurface level, and two subsurface levels of parking. A loading area and a vehicular driveway would be provided on the ground floor at the rear of the building; and a mechanical penthouse, including rooftop equipment, would be located above the fifth floor on the roof. Overall, the proposed project would involve construction of an approximately 375,700-gsf building, with about 264,010 gsf of retail uses; about 4,830 gsf of common areas; about 10,900 gsf of mechanical and storage space; and about 95,960 gsf of parking, loading, and driveways and maneuvering space. There would be 201 parking spaces, 21 bicycle parking spaces, and four loading spaces. The project would result in a net increase of about 189,300 gsf of developed space on the project site.
The project would require a Conditional Use authorization for parking in excess of permitted accessory parking and for demolition of a prior theater use; variances for oversized floor heights and for the width of the loading and parking access on Stevenson Street, and review and consideration by the Planning Commission of an exception to freight loading requirements under Planning Code Section 309. In addition, the proposed project would require permit and plan review by BART due to the project site’s proximity to the BART right-of-way under Market Street.
For those who are serious about cleaning up and changing Market Street, encouraging and allowing development and investment (versus signs) is the way.