July 27, 2012
Designs For A Market Rate Tenderloin High-Rise At Mason And Turk
Speaking of market rate development in the Tenderloin, and the demise of surface area parking lots, a plugged-in tipster reports that Heller Manus has been working on plans for a twelve-story high-rise with 110 residential units over ground floor retail and a 23-space garage to be built on the lots surrounding The Metropolis Hotel at Mason and Turk.
While we haven't seen the renderings (tipsters?), apparently the early design actually incorporated bay windows which the Planning Department suggested should be nixed.
First Published: July 27, 2012 11:15 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Great news! I'm in favor of any market rate residential in the tenderloin.
Posted by: lyqwyd at July 27, 2012 11:21 AM
This is an interesting spot since it sits near the edge of the loin. You can have a fairly pleasant walk to Union Square and downtown via Market. But Mason and especially Turk are sketchy. I wish the developers luck and hope for their success.
Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at July 27, 2012 11:27 AM
Very ambitious. I agree that Turk is probably the worst street in the Tenderloin. I hope it works out!
Posted by: sf at July 27, 2012 11:37 AM
Good spot to introduce some housing. As MoD pointed out, Mason/Turk is peripheral TL and tolerable when you consider the benefits of being central. Also creates a nice buffer from the trash that bleeds into our most touristy area.
Posted by: kg at July 27, 2012 11:44 AM
Isn't that the block that the Chron said was the most dangerous in San Francisco? ( http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/SF-s-troubled-Turk-Street-City-throws-in-towel-2354707.php )
Good luck to the developers. If we can clean that block up, you might see real impact.
Posted by: NickV at July 27, 2012 12:30 PM
This can only bode good for the neighborhood; more residential, more people on the streets, more shops and restaurants.
Slowly improving this very rough part of SF.
Posted by: futurist at July 27, 2012 12:56 PM
Why not make the 'high' rise high? The Tenderloin needs as much market rate housing as possible; this location offers amazing transit options -- and is in the heart of an area trying very hard to become something better. Would love to see spot zoning exceptions given the dire reality of those blocks. We could double the number of market-rate units here. But, I'm happy to at least see a mid-rise here if we can't think a little higher.
Posted by: Invented at July 27, 2012 2:19 PM
Glad to see market rate units go into/near the TL, but it's going to be a tough sell for the developer. Certainly a step in the right direction towards gentrifying and "cleaning up" the TL.
Posted by: Good4TL at July 27, 2012 3:08 PM
I'm so embarrassed to admit that the first thing that, err, came to mind with this headline is the young gay porn star who goes by the monicker "Turk Mason".
He's quite big in the industry. So to speak.
Posted by: brid at July 27, 2012 7:07 PM
Heller Manus? I'm generally not optimistic when that name is attached but have to admit they've done some decent work here and there. Hopefully, this is one of those cases.
Posted by: Turin at July 29, 2012 10:51 AM