On the agenda for San Francisco’s Planning Commission this week, the approval of 34 new condos and a cafe to be built at 400 Grove Street at the corner of Gough, also known as Central Freeway Parcel H, currently a Hayes Valley parking lot.
The full scoop, design and opposition, click any of the renderings to enlarge:
The proposal is to construct a new development reaching a maximum height of four to five stories containing up to 34 dwelling units, approximately 2,025 square feet of ground floor commercial use, and 17 off-street residential parking spaces with access from Grove Street. The project will be “C”-shaped and will wrap around a common courtyard area.
The ground-floor retail space will be a corner space and will have frontage on both Gough and Grove Streets. The remainder of the Grove Street frontage will contain a common residential lobby area, the vehicular entry/exit and a walk-up residential unit. The Gough Street frontage will primarily feature ground-floor retail, but will also include a raised entry into the central common courtyard area and a raised residential unit.
The building will step-down in height from east to west to match the prescribed height and bulk districts with the five-story massing located on the easterly portion of the lot and the four-story massing located on the westerly portion of the lot.
Designed by Fougeron Architecture, opposing the project are neighbors at 525 Gough who fear the loss of light and air to their rear balcony, neighbors at 419 Fulton Street that believe “the Project is too tall, the proposed residential density is too high and have also suggested that a community garden or park might be preferable,” and a neighbor at 459 Fulton Street that worries that the availability of on-street parking in the neighborhood will be affected by the proposed 0.5:1 parking ratio.
San Francisco’s Planning Department recomends the building’s approval.