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Plans to raze the existing Unocal 76 Station on the northwest corner of Valencia and 24th Streets and construct a six-story condo building on the parcel have been drafted by Ian Birchall and Associates and submitted to Planning for their consideration and comments.

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Zoned for development up to 55 feet in height, the plans for the 1298 Valencia Street site include 35 housing units atop a 3,500-square-foot retail space on the ground floor.

And yes, the gas station parcel is cater-corner to the very bus stop at which protesters first started blocking tech buses last year, protesting the gentrification of the Mission.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by anon

    Good stuff, love it. Hopefully no parking?

  2. Posted by Futurist

    Build the damn thing. Make sure there’s enough parking.

  3. Posted by OMN

    6 stories, under 55 feet? I didn’t think that was possible.

  4. Posted by Joel

    I’m getting deja vu… it looks like the Marlow on Van Ness.

  5. Posted by Mark

    Geez, enough with the freakin’ parking requirements from you-know-who. Not every new building needs to cater to the auto.
    Limit parking. Get more people to use our half-baked public transit system which creates a mass revolt against MUNI, thereby forcing much needed changes, system improvements and expansion.
    I’m being sarcastic, except for my opening sentence.

  6. Posted by Sam

    Give me a dive bar below it. I think these condo people are potentially misinterpreting their residents. I strongly believe that a grungy really gross but awesome dive bar below this place would be frequented by the 25 year old hipster programmers that would be interested in it. With the Attic about to go, the closest dive bar isn’t really that close (Clooneys? but who are under 50 goes there)

  7. Posted by Alai

    I’m not sure what sort of dive bar would fit in a shiny new building. Isn’t the whole point of a dive bar that it’s grungy and low-rent and old?

  8. Posted by Brad

    It’s about time! Can’t wait to see the end to one more fenced-up parking lot.

  9. Posted by Sam

    To be honest, I’d love a good underground bar. One physically located underground, I’ve been to some great ones back east but they haven’t really ever taken off here

  10. Posted by inthemission

    Soon, it won’t matter how many cars are in these projects. At some point everyone is going to have to leave San Francisco just to buy gas because they keep tearing them all down.

  11. Posted by soccermom

    Curtain lifts
    SINGLE MAN, STANDING IN FRONT OF URINAL, SPEAKING ON BLUETOOTH PHONE:
    “Dude dude, I moved to the REAL Mission back like two years ago. Before it was so spruced up. It’s all so gentrified now. …. What, me? I’m working on my Glass app called beardify. That way when I turn it on in a bar, I see a beard on every person. … Yeah, totally. Got seed money. I know I know. Proles were crazy out at the bus stop yesterday.
    SLOW FADE OUT OF LIGHTING
    “Smoothies tomorrow at 10am? Yeah I can make it.”
    -END SCENE-

  12. Posted by steve

    Noo! Not my go-to gas station!
    And “cater-corner.” I’ve heard of kitty-corner, but not this. Is this a regional thing?

  13. Posted by arrrrrgh-matey

    agree with steve: catty-corner or kitty-corner pls. :-)

  14. Posted by EH

    Muphry’s Law strikes again, cater-corner is the original form.

  15. Posted by Bob

    “And yes, the gas station parcel is cater-corner to the very bus stop at which protesters first started blocking tech buses last year, protesting the gentrification of the Mission” – just searched “and yes” at this site and it’s been used 1,490 times now – time for a new cliché, please?

  16. Posted by Rillion

    “And yes” another question no one asked has been answered.

  17. Posted by jill

    i am one who believes strongly in off street parking to ease street level congestion caused by people storing and constantly moving cars on the street. some people believe that if you dont build garages, people who buy the condos will not own a car. I am highly skeptical (at least until transit improves), but I think a compromise would be that the owners of the units without a garage space then not be allowed to get a local parking permit. In fact, if this rule would be implemented in every new condo, i will gladly advocate for no more parking in buildings. The current problem is that all the new cars street parking is causing problems for everyone.

  18. Posted by anon

    @jill – not a fan of that.
    Why not just market price the local parking permits? Solves the problem that you’re speaking of, but also gives a fair way to allocate the permits, rather than just another “incumbents win” type proposal.

  19. Posted by parklife

    @anon
    Market pricing local parking permits also would encourage more people to actually use their garages for automobile storage rather than as storage units for junk. On my block alone, fewer than half the garages are used for cars with the others filled to the brim with boxes. The curb cut then becomes the “private” street parking for the homeowner/tenant.

  20. Posted by anon

    ^Yep. Accurately pricing things has all sorts of ancillary benefits. Subsidies are tough to curtail though, especially anything related to cars or parking. It’s an emotional issue for too many folks.

  21. Posted by Jill

    I’m fine with that. What’s current price for yearly neighborhood permit? $1200 or $100/ mo seems fair to me

  22. Posted by Mac

    Personal storage not allowed in most new multifamily garages, per HOA (fire/life safety) requirements — so they will be used by cars.

  23. Posted by anon

    @jill – less than a hundred for a year now.
    I would bet that true market price would be $100-200 a month depending on neighborhood, maybe much more in some areas (this is assuming that we’d restrict the number of permits sold to slightly less than the number of spots that exist per zone – right now some zones sell FAR more than the actual number of spots).

  24. Posted by EH

    Funny to see a clamor for no parking at this location so soon after the 26 Valencia bus was discontinued.

  25. Posted by Joseph A

    seeing various thoughts on parking permits , my thought it that if locals don’t want cars added then the city should just meter the entire area so that its an even playing field ,

  26. Posted by 24thHood

    So I live in one of the buildings that would abut this proposed development. Despite the fact that the replacement of the gas station with a more appropriate use (housing), I still support the redevelopment. And I think no proposed parking is a good thing. This lot is one block from 24th and Mission, which should be a regional transit hub. I’ve lived here for 10 years and since I commute by BART I have found that having a car to be more of a burden.

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