January 13, 2014

Historic Potrero Hill Convalescent Home Probably Going Condo


With the owner retiring, the 42-bed Mission Bay Convalescent Hospital at 331 Pennsylvania Avenue will be shuttered on February 24 and the historic Potrero Hill property will be sold.

While a buyer has yet to be identified, according to The Potrero View and the broker handling the sale, it's "probably condos" in the works.

Designed by Frederick H. Meyer, the three-story concrete building was constructed by the Bethlehem Steel Company in 1916 and first served as the Union Iron Works Hospital.

First Published: January 13, 2014 7:30 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

I was walking the neighborhood a couple weeks ago, noticed this handsome building and wondered about its history. I found a 1940's photo, from the time the building was acquired by (Kaiser) Permanente, with the building looking much as it does today. http://kaiserpermanentehistory.org/tag/walnut-creek/

Posted by: johntrev at January 13, 2014 11:15 AM

The building has great potential. Too bad there's a busy freeway in the backyard.

Posted by: formidable doer of the nasty at January 13, 2014 11:26 AM

Socketsite has highlighted a number of new projects in the area surrounding this property. 280/Mariposa on and off ramps and the surrounding streets are already routinely jammed up. As nearby housing units increase and as Mission Bay continues its build out, transportation/access issues will need to be addressed.

Posted by: johntrev at January 13, 2014 11:38 AM

Its amazing how many condos the City is providing permits for, after years of doing virtually nothing.

Does construction only happen during booms? I'd like to fast forward to 2015 when there is a lot more housing and the tech boom has hopefully cooled from its current state.

Posted by: condo picnic at January 13, 2014 12:35 PM

@johntrev: you're on point, but the problem is that SF refuses to invest in major transit projects. The Central Subway will do very little, if anything, to alleviate problems.

Posted by: Mark at January 13, 2014 1:55 PM

The private sector is filling the gap in effective public transit with company buses. I have no problem with this; most commutes are for work or educational purposes and the company buses are a logical private solution to a broken public-sector system.

Left unchecked, "the free market will provide."

Posted by: Jimmy (not a Real San Franciscan (TM)) at January 13, 2014 2:08 PM

@Mark: Budgeted at nearly $1 billion per mile, I agree that the Central Subway is a very expensive project of uncertain value. Nearly 2/3 of the cost will be covered by federal money though; who's to say any of these federal dollars would be available for more mundane seeming projects that more efficiently serve more people?...And we just learned the flawed Bay Bridge bolts will cost Caltrans at least $10 million this year to monitor; we should not be surprised when these major infrastructure projects become (are set up to be?) boondoggles. http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-08-14/news/willie-brown-central-subway-muni-tom-otterness/

Posted by: johntrev at January 13, 2014 6:37 PM

@Jimmy: I tend to believe that companies that provide bus service for their employees are more interested in their ability to attract and retain productive employees than they are in solving SF's transit issues. And the private sector has little/no ability to fix inadequate infrastructure like freeway on and off ramps and adjacent street signaling, a significant issue at 280/Mariposa.

Posted by: johntrev at January 13, 2014 7:37 PM

Umm, yeah. As a Google shareholder I sure as hell hope those shuttle buses are serving the long-term profitability of the corporation (by improving employee effectiveness and satisfaction) rather than being an altruistic attempt to solve SF's traffic quagmire. Which of course they are.

Now, if the city were to actually pay Google to fix public transit, I'm quite convinced they would do an infinitely better job than the SFMTA and at a fraction of the cost, but that's not gonna happen.

Posted by: gentrified is a dirty word for clean at January 13, 2014 9:25 PM

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