January 27, 2012

Has The Fat Lady Sung For The Opera's Warehouse At 800 Indiana?

800 Indiana Site

Contingent upon City approvals to develop the site, the San Francisco Opera has agreed to sell its set-construction warehouse at 800 Indiana Street to Archstone which has filed an application to build 350 units of housing on the site.

The opera’s building at 800 Indiana is a long, skinny parcel that stretches the length of two blocks between 20th and 22nd streets. Plans call for the property to be sliced in half, creating an "on-grade east-west plaza" where 21st Street would be if it didn’t dead-end 14 blocks to the west at San Francisco General Hospital.
The frontage of the complex would be further broken up by a series of courtyards. The five bottle-shaped courtyards are generally 50 feet wide, narrowing to 25 feet at the entrance.

Archstone has asked to build parking for 263 cars (and 350 bikes) and residents of Esprit Park should recognize the parcel as it runs the length of the development to the west.

800 Indiana Site Aerial

San Francisco Opera set-making site to become homes [San Francisco Business Times]
Esprit Park Two Years Later, Apples-To-Apples Style [SocketSite]

First Published: January 27, 2012 9:15 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

Yeah more condos with a freeway in their backyard!

Posted by: Rillion at January 27, 2012 10:22 AM

I walk by Esprit Park and it seems to have tons of vacancy. Big contrast to the San Francisco rental market which sound quite tight.

Posted by: Wai Yip Tung at January 27, 2012 10:44 AM

They are honestly way overcharging for Esprit Park. I know that people will pay somewhat of a premium for new construction but they are still asking upwards of 500k for tiny, tiny one bedrooms. They have nice finishes and the central courtyard is attractive but it's priced very unrealistically for this neighborhood, especially given the size and layout of the units.

Posted by: Jason at January 27, 2012 11:52 AM

This development will totally change the character of the neighborhood - especially with the Avalon that is going in nearby at the triangle of 16th and 7th. Good or bad, you decide. My guess is at least Dogpatch residents will finally have someplace to take their drycleaning.

Posted by: Alamo Square Dweller at January 27, 2012 12:04 PM

Esprit Park has a lot of vacancies right now because they just re-converted the north building back from apartments into for-sale condos. I'm not sure how well they're selling... they seemed quite successful as apartments.

Posted by: Po Hill Jeff at January 27, 2012 1:23 PM

Sounds like a good use of the property

Any news if the restaurant space at the Esprit is occupied or planned to be.

Once upon a time, A16 was going to branch out there (sniff sniff)...

Posted by: dogpatchSF at January 28, 2012 1:25 AM

350 units with 262 parking spots here means the parking options for train riders is going to be even more difficult....and that's before the UCSF hospital complex opens.

this is one area of the city where more parking equals less driving / road congestion.

Posted by: modernedwardian at January 28, 2012 7:43 AM

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