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Another former Central Freeway parcel and current parking lot, upon the Hayes Valley site at 344 Fulton Street and Gough, a four-story building for the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco and a separate six-story building with 69 dwelling units over 1,800 square feet of ground floor retail space are proposed to rise:


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The easterly building would be a four-story building for the Boys & Girls Club containing approximately 33,500 square feet of recreational uses, including a pool, gymnasium, a game room, arts and craft space, a learning center, and other recreational and educational spaces for youth.

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The third and fourth story of the building would house approximately 10,425 square feet of administrative office uses for the Boys & Girls Club, as well as an outdoor terrace at the fourth floor.

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The westerly building would be a six-story mixed-use building containing approximately 69 dwelling units and approximately 1,800 square feet of ground-floor commercial uses, as well as other common area spaces that could be occupied by retail uses.

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While no off-street parking would be provided for the residential uses, six tandem parking spaces accessed via Ash Street would be provided in the westerly building for use by the new Boys & Girls Club which is intended to replace the existing Ernest Ingold Clubhouse located at 1950 Page Street in the Upper Haight with a facility “located closer to the clientele served by the organization.”
UPDATE: As a plugged-in reader correctly remembers, while the project sponsor prefers the black façade as rendered above, the building was re-designed in white in order to please Planning.
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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Joshua

    Three unicyclists balancing upright without even using the pedals — never seen that before.
    Is the westerly building meant to be covered in solar panels?

  2. Posted by Rob

    I remember reading somewhere (maybe the architects site) that westerly building’s facade is being redesigned/adjusted for approval. The city wasn’t feeling the black ceramic(?)…
    [Editor’s Note: Good memory. The alternate color scheme has been added above.]

  3. Posted by conifer

    Thank God there is no parking. We want to torment as many people as possible. Let them walk! Transit first! Transit rich!
    Let’s create a city where parking spaces will be more valuable than three bedroom apartments! Parking should only be for rich people.

  4. Posted by lyqwyd

    Yeah, conifer is right, there should be a minimum of 2 parking spaces per boy or girl!

  5. Posted by Ben

    Loving the glazed-brick facade. The black is more striking but I can see how the white blends better with the neighborhood.

  6. Posted by Alai

    Let’s create a city where parking spaces will be more valuable than three bedroom apartments! Parking should only be for rich people.
    Unlike the current system, where parking is for all… and bedrooms are only for rich people.
    Yeah, I like your idea better.

  7. Posted by anon

    Shamefully underbuilt for such a central location. Add at least 3-4 stories of unaffiliated housing to each building if need be. Geez, absolutely shameful.

  8. Posted by hmmm

    @Alai
    Touchee!
    It’s absurd that one can secure 160 s.f. of prime public real estate in the City for $100/year to park your car, but people have to pay 200 times that to find a place to sleep.
    We subsidize the wrongs things. Really messed up.

  9. Posted by mdg

    It should be much taller

  10. Posted by Hatem

    Actually, I believe that this building was originally proposed as all black, then was redesigned as this light colored patchwork. This post is now showing the newest design of a patchwork of greys, developed as a compromise with the planning department. Personally, I really like the dark.

  11. Posted by Clement Palm

    Do tell: where we can get a parking spot for $100/year?!?

  12. Posted by Alai

    Residential parking permits cost $104 annually.

  13. Posted by Aaron Bialick

    The Planning Commission did approve the project with a dark facade. You can watch the meeting on SFGovTV to see the discussion where they make the decision.

  14. Posted by Jake

    Groundbreaking for the boys & girls club today.
    Plan to open January 2015.

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