1515 South Van Ness Site

The design for Lennar’s proposed 157-unit Mission District development to rise up to six stories in height at 1515 South Van Ness Avenue, replacing the shuttered McMillan Electric Company building on the site, has adopted a more traditional versus modern look.

As designed by BDE Architecture, the proposed development will rise to a height of 65-feet along South Van Ness, stepping down to five stories and 55-feet in height at the corner of 26th and Shotwell, with units ranging in size from 399-square-foot studios to 1,254-square-foot two-bedrooms.

In addition to a 1,100-square-foot retail space at the corner of Van Ness, the plans include six small “trade shop” spaces along 26th Street (and an underground garage for 79 cars and 150 bikes).

1515 South Van Ness Trade Shops

And if approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission on Thursday, the development would take roughly two years to build and 12 percent of the 157 apartments will be offered at below market rates. But note that the paperwork for the project’s demolition and building permits has yet to be filed.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Noodle

    I doubt this will be approved on Thursday. The project is within the Latino Cultural District, and activists have vowed to “delay, delay, delay, until we kill it.”

    • Posted by Elitist Pig

      So… business as usual?

    • Posted by Tony

      “Latino Cultural District” no no you mean the Mission Business Owners District. Lets not pretend those people actually care about the people or the community. They only care about their business profits.

      • Posted by curmudgeon

        That’s what they call it, Tony. If they cared only about profits, they wouldn’t be trying to shut down change on 24th Street. They are misguided (in my view), but their perspective is that they want to keep 24th, and the Mission, a latino district at all costs. And they will impoverish the business owners along 24th if that’s what it takes.

        Note, most of the Council members are not business owners…there are a number of non-profit leaders and community residents. That’s not necessarily bad for a community organization, but it is not very useful for a merchants association (which this organization morphed out of). I expect there are many merchants on 24th who are pretty sick of Calle 24.

        • Posted by Orland

          I’m all for the basic aims of Calle 24, but believe there can be change for the good without significant displacement beginning with building more housing and especially by expanding the residential footprint as is the case with so many of the proposals in the pipeline.

      • Posted by moto mayhem

        if they cared about the Latino community they would be voting for more housing so those latinos in older units wouldnt be pushed out

  2. Posted by Torger Cobus

    Shuttered warehouses contribute so much to culture.

  3. Posted by Just Me

    It is so ugly. Why can’t we stop with the Starbucks style?

    • Posted by ph_goat

      I think they xeroxed the plans from the Whole Foods building at Market and Dolores.

    • Posted by Stop Driving

      The Midwesterners who are flocking to the Mission don’t seem to mind.

      • Posted by tyler

        midwesterns can’t help it…. think about what we have in indiana… this would be considered “nice” by indiana standards….

  4. Posted by RR

    It is horrible looking and does not fit into the neighborhood!

  5. Posted by Dave

    There is a lot of local neighborhood opposition to this. I expect those opposed will try to drag the process out so long that the developer gives up and sells to site to an affordable housing non-profit. Related to the above story – its much easier to build projects in Oakland

  6. Posted by b

    In other news: Supervisor Campos Seeks to Revive Mission Moratorium on New Housing

    This whole exercise is too funny and sadly too common.

    I live blocks away and I am hugely supportive of this project.

    • Posted by hola

      Campos is a disgrace. The voters spoke last fall. But, of course, he never cared much for democracy.

      • Posted by Elitist Pig

        Yeah, but if you just keep voting on something eventually you will get the “right” result.

  7. Posted by MissionBernal

    Looks great and as someone who lives on Cesar Chavez, having more retail spaces available will be great for the neighborhood. Hopefully a grocery store will be one of those retail spaces! I hope the NIMBYs don’t kill it.

  8. Posted by Sara Short

    Campo’s is just like Banana Republic dictator, the voters already said NO to stopping housing in the Mission for one certain ethnic’s groups privileged benefit.

  9. Posted by SocketSite

    UPDATE: An appeal of the project’s environmental review has been upheld, and Who Needs NIMBYs with Friends Like These?

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