Plans for the proposed 584-unit development to rise up to ten stories in height across the Market Street parcels upon which the Civic Center Hotel (1601 Market), Local 38 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Hall (1621 Market) and two-story Lesser Brothers Building (1629‐1637 Market) currently sit are slated to be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission next week.

In addition to the 584 units of housing (of which 107 would be below-market-rate, supportive efficiency units), the 1629 Market Street project includes 13,000 square feet of new ground floor restaurant and retail space; a new 32,000 square foot union hall for the UA Local 38; an underground parking garage for 316 cars; and over 23,000 square feet of privately-owned, publicly-accessible open space (POPOS), including an 18,000-square-foot open space at the corner of Brady and Colton which has been redesigned and newly dubbed Mazzola Gardens.

If approved, the project would be constructed in two phases over 44 months, with a total of six new structures rising behind the existing Civic Center Hotel structure and Lesser Brothers Building’s facade and the project team hoping to break ground for the first phase of the project in March of next year.

And while the project’s Environmental Impact Report identified a number of potentially significant impacts with respect to cultural resources (primarily the majority demolition of the Lesser Brothers Building which is considered a historical resource) and potential transportation and circulation impacts for the burgeoning Hub District site, it also identified proposed mitigation measures to match.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Sierrajeff

    Excellent, excellent infill – will improve the entire feel of that section of Market, knitting together the “Hub” and points east with Duboce and Castro.

    • Posted by Hunter

      Agree – very excited for this to be built. Nicely done with the distinct buildings and open space. Need more of this in SoMa!

      • Posted by Mark

        Yes. Open space. We all know how the open space concept is versus the reality once it’s built.

      • Posted by jimbo

        need more places for homeless to sleep, defecate and shoot up in SOMA? i think not. SOMA needs a ban on open space until the city deals with its homeless epidemic

        • Posted by Hunter

          Ground-floor open space paid for and monitored by private building owners is EXACTLY what SoMa needs—look at the success of Yerba Buena Gardens and the Trinity Place courtyard.

          Projects like this will include private security and money for upkeep, which the city cannot afford for our parks. Regardless, you guys should stop whining on the internet and actually get out and volunteer if you’re so up-in-arms about the homeless situation.

  2. Posted by oh my

    Why not transfer some of the Hub monster height to this site? Does the Civic Center “hotel” really need to stay?

    • Posted by Brian

      It’s low income housing, of course it needs to stay! Geez.

    • Posted by David Raden

      It”s a cool old brick building which is more interesting than most of the ugly buildings currently being built on Market Street. I’m so happy they’re not going to tear it down.

    • Posted by scott f

      Faster approval without waiting for a rezoning, and avoiding expensive foundation work (this site is over the BART tunnel), were cited by the developer as reasons to stick to current zoning in BizTimes’ coverage of the project.

  3. Posted by San Francisco

    Of course Larry Mazzola has gardens named after him as part of the deal.

  4. Posted by SF Bob

    And yet there is no dialogue about how a Van Ness BART access could be incorporated onto this development in order to actually start addressing the street and transit gridlock.

    • Posted by scott f

      In the middle of the Brady block would be an odd place for a station. Probably makes more sense at the Gough/Otis/McCoppin intersection, together with a new pedestrian paseo punched through to the east across from McCoppin.

    • Posted by Tony

      Walking from this block to Bart is absolutely trivial, and you have Muni right there for more local locations. I’m all for a Van Ness Bart station one day, but we’ve got a lot to fix first don’t we?

      • Posted by Mark

        I’d rather see a BART station at 30th/Mission than here. It is really a short distance to CC, although not the prettiest walk at any time of day.

        Adding a BART connection here really would do nothing to address the street and transit gridlock. I spent nearly an hour getting from West Portal to Montgomery station this morning. SF would have to heavily invest in splitting up the 5 transit lines running through the Market St. subway by building more tunnels and running more subway lines to more places and carrying more people more effectively and more frequently. That will never happen.

  5. Posted by Drew

    Isn’t there a BART exhaust/intake on this site somehwere?

    • Posted by SocketSite

      Yes, there is. Note the large sculptural element in the rendering of Mazzola Gardens, or near the “1” on the site map, above.

    • Posted by scott f

      Yes, incorporated into the abstract brown sculpture you see in the park rendering.

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