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Plans to largely demolish the auto repair shop at 1465 Folsom Street and construct a five-story vertical addition with between forty (40) and fifty (50) new dwelling units have been submitted to San Francisco’s Planning Department for their preliminary review and reaction.
As proposed, the five-story addition would be setback from the existing building’s facades on Folsom and Juniper and the ground floor of the development would become 3,384 square feet of commercial space along Folsom Street, a bit of interior open space, and a 28-space garage.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Alai

    One thing about these new developments: city regulations require that the street frontage be occupied by commercial space, but the ground floor area needs to be used for parking. The compromise is wide but shallow retail space, unlike older commercial districts which have narrow but deep storefronts.
    It probably means that the bustling older commercial districts like Clement or Valencia are a thing of the past. You can’t have a pub, or a sit-down restaurant, or a hardware store, without the front of it being 80 feet wide. Even a laundromat suddenly has a major street presence. The result is that lots of those street-facing retail windows get painted over, because the space is actually used for mundane things like storage and kitchens which used to be in the back, and the street life remains moribund despite all the new people living there.

  2. Posted by Dan

    If parking is allowed at all, it should be underground.

  3. Posted by Rob

    These sort of ‘set back’ designs never look that great in my opinion. They either look totally out of place within the context of the older structure, or like an afterthought. Hopefully they get this right… I love the old brewery building… it’d be nice to have something that tied that block together.

  4. Posted by План Запад SOMA

    Oh well…the West SOMA Plan hermetically sealed this part of the city. It will take a demographic shift of the D6 voters to elect a moderate (perhaps in 15-20 years or as the population ages) in order to change anything much in this part of the city. In the mean time rents will continue to rise upon vacancy and a more upwardly mobile population will live here…in turn demanding more services. It is difficult to have neighborhood services which allow only nightclubs, med dope clubs, bike shops and tattoo parlors.

  5. Posted by Cody

    The large brick structure next to the new development site had part of the “tower” come down in the 1989 earthquake. I would not want to live next to his very dangerous building. All of South of Market is fill & will suffer a lot of sinking in a quake

  6. Posted by curmudgeon

    Cody, that structure was seismically strengthened before it was sold off as condos. I wouldn’t worry yourself too too much.

  7. Posted by Brad

    @Alai: very good point! The new commercial spaces definitely don’t have the feel of the old. Seems like commercial density in the new buildings is lower than it should be.

  8. Posted by Sierrajeff

    Parking can go underground (common in SoMa), or could be a 2nd floor above retail (separating retal and residential, and thereby raising residential a bit higher for better views and less street noise).
    Shallower retail spaces are also brighter (higher window-to-floor-area ratio) and hence need less daytime lighting.

  9. Posted by sfholic

    What is the historic significance of this shop? Why keep the facade?

  10. Posted by Alai

    “raising residential a bit higher for better views and less street noise”
    Given that height limits are generally the limiting factor, above-ground parking doesn’t “raise” residential, it replaces it.

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