Mason and Turk Site

While SB Architects appears to have replaced Heller Manus as the architects of record, the plans for a 12-story building with a mix of market-rate residential units over ground floor retail to rise on either side of the Metropolis Hotel on the corner of Mason and Turk in the Tenderloin are moving ahead.

Currently the site of a fenced-in parking lot for 54 vehicles, the proposed building would reach a height of 120 feet (up to 140-feet for the above-roof structures) with 109 dwelling units (65 one-bedrooms and 44 two-bedrooms) over ground-floor retail spaces along both Mason and Turk and parking for 55 vehicles and 120 bikes.

Mason and Turk Design

If approved, construction will take around 18 months and they’re shooting for occupancy by the summer of 2016.  New trees would fill the existing curb cut along Mason and half the cut along Turk.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by squigglebird

    woohooo! this is an awesome project. Even better that it’s ridding the city of another surface parking lot.

  2. Posted by norcal

    Market Rate? Or more drug addict enabling housing?

  3. Posted by seriously

    So are SROs always going to be SROs? Isn’t there some law that forbids them from being changed? What if they’re sold?

    • Posted by curmudgeon

      I’m guessing that most of the SRO’s are owned by non-profits like TNDC. In which case they’re pretty permanent (but well run). Privately owned SRO’s, in my understanding, are very difficult to convert to either tourist hotels or other housing, but I’m too lazy to look up the regulations.

    • Posted by SFRealist

      If you want to take SRO units out of a building you have to replace them with SRO units elsewhere. So basically they’re around forever.

  4. Posted by Dan

    You can’t convert or tear down SRO rooms without replacing them elsewhere– so yes, they are protected.

  5. Posted by sfresident

    I hope a local housing 501 can get their hands on this. Otherwise this building could begin the TL gentrif. countdown.

    • Posted by Invented

      TL gentrif countdown? May it be. No displacement desired but dense market rate and some upzoning way to go for balanced area. Red hot mid mkt unstoppable. Watch what happens.

      • Posted by Brian M

        Is it? I remain skeptical that much of the modern Web 2.0 ecconomy has any staying power. “My compamny makes an ap that turns my cell phone screen different colors depending on my mood”. Has Twitter ever made any money, really? What happens when people buying advertising realize none of us pay any attention at all to even the most targeted ads?

        • Posted by kbbl

          And yet somehow reality TV continues to happen.

    • Posted by k

      TL gentrification is perfectly okay. SROs aren’t going anywhere, and no one who can pay market rate is going to be moving into one. Adding people who will contribute to the safety of the area is a great thing.

  6. Posted by Dan

    The TL can’t gentrify much. SROs and subsidized housing aren’t going anywhere.

  7. Posted by david m

    is that the heller manus design? also, is there a view of the mason street side?

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