1270 Mission Street Site

Currently zoned for development up to 120 feet in height, plans to raze the 1,200 square foot SF Pizza Café and parking lot at 1270 Mission Street and construct a 13-story apartment building with 199 residential units over 3,300 square feet of ground floor retail and 101 parking spaces for autos have been reviewed by Planning.

Based on the size of the project as proposed, the development will need to designate at least 30 of its units as affordable; provide storage for at least 125 bikes; and include a streetscape improvement plan, complete with furnishings, landscaping, corner curb extensions and a potential sidewalk widening along Mission.

In addition, San Francisco’s Planning Department is recommending  that the 1270 Mission Street development include a plan to turn Laskie Street, along the eastern side of the site, into a “living alley.”

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by matteo

    looks like a federal office building.

    • Posted by BTinSF

      It’s confusing but I don’t think that photo is a rendering of what’s to be, just a photo of what is. The large building is not this project but 55 9th St, already built. This project will replace the little red pizza joint.

      • Posted by david m

        dude, that’s ava condos. the federal building is down the block.

      • Posted by Sierrajeff

        Thanks for the clarification @BTinSF, I was about to opine that it looked like a ’60s hospital. That’s the new AVA? Yegads.

  2. Posted by Sam

    Much too much parking

    • Posted by Sierrajeff

      What happened to letting the free market decide? (I guess that only works when parking is limited, in which case the free market is wonderful because there are people willing to take units that don’t have parking.)

  3. Posted by Arefugee

    The “Manhattanization” of SFO is continuing!

    • Posted by Anon

      SFO is the name of the airport not the city.

      • Posted by Sierrajeff

        Oh please.

        • Posted by Anon

          please yourself. it just looks weird. sfo? nobody, but nobody, says that.

          • Posted by Sierrajeff

            Everyone I know uses SFO as shorthand for San Francisco (just like people in Portland say PDX, or in Phoenix say PHX).

            And no one I know gets bent out of shape over it enought to comment in a post. Were you seriously confused as to why they were building a tower on the tarmac?

          • Posted by jill

            ive neer heard SFO used as shorthand for San Francisco. SF is used all the time, but this is the 1st time in 20yrs ive heard sfo (other than the airport)

          • Posted by FoggyDunes

            Agree- I’ve never heard “SFO” used to describe the city itself.

          • Posted by yao

            agreed. SFO is the airport, not the city.

          • Posted by anon

            Agreed, SFO to describe the city? Bizarre. Sierrajeff, do you also call Los Angeles LAX?

    • Posted by R

      What a cute buzzword for I am an anti-growth Luddite. Manhattan is a world-class destination and a 13 story housing solution there would be considered quaint. Given the amount of infrastructure surrounding this lot, a more developmentally progressive city like Seattle would probably double its height limitation.

      • Posted by Futurist

        We’re not Manhattan, for no. 1.
        And number 2: varying heights and densities are what make up neighborhoods, world class or not. Not every building need be supertall.

        This is appropriate for this small site at this location.

        • Posted by Orland

          Boy, did you miss his point!

        • Posted by Chris

          Even in 1920 in a low-density Midwestern city like Indianapolis, a 13-story building would not have been considered tall, let alone “super tall.” Also, no one is advocating putting the building down in the middle of quaint 2-story Victorians, of there is anywhere to build tall, that part of Mission Street would be it. By the way, if you have ever been to Manhattan, you would know that most of the buildings in Manhattan are 4-5 stories tall, even today.

    • Posted by my_heart_is_in_frisco

      The human waste on the streets is the real issue, not Manhattanization.

  4. Posted by invented

    Like. Area needs more owners. Living Alleys as opposed to Car Alleys? Wonder if there’s a way for “living alleys” to be zoned for select small-scale retail. As a livable neighborhood, SOMA’s future and charm is in its alleys not the unwelcoming traffic corridors (increasingly, every SOMA street). Glad new developments are embracing the adjacent alleys (9th/Howard, 8th Harrison), et al.

    • Posted by Futurist

      Actually the future and charm of SOMA and other areas of SF lies in the careful balance and blend of green/living alleys AND our traffic corridors. The main arteries for vehicles are not about to go away; they can also be greened with a LOT more trees and sidewalk landscaping.

    • Posted by Pedestrianist

      Agreed about its alleys being SoMa’s biggest (only?) asset. It would be great if they could connect Laskie St to the stub of Stevenson and driveway between Dolby and the Hotel Whitcomb.

  5. Posted by my_heart_is_in_frisco

    I really like this new mini skyline that is developing in this area.

  6. Posted by jill

    people are going to live in the alley whether its called a living alley or not.

  7. Posted by taco

    Hopefully hides that hideous Ava building. Fugliest thing to ever be built.

  8. Posted by Joseph A

    People are crazy if the think that 50% parking spaces is to much ,
    Until the city has a decent 24/7 transit system , and a density closer to NY it would be silly to kill the ability to access cars in SF easily

    • Posted by Futurist

      Yes, Agree completely.

    • Posted by Pedestrianist

      Until we devote more space to people and transit and less to cars, we’ll never have the density nor the transit system you describe.

  9. Posted by Anon

    No shape bent. Just looks weird, said so, and you commented on my comment

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