Purchased for $1.528 million in August of 2016, the rent for the Unique Cleaners building at 820 Post Street was soon raised, the business subsequently shuttered, and plans to raze the building and redevelop its Tenderloin parcel were drafted, as we first reported at the time.

And having since been refined by Elevation Architects, the plans for the proposed 8-story development, which would yield 12 apartments (a mix of 5 one-bedrooms, 6 twos and 1 three-bedroom penthouse with a private balcony) over a new 1,200-square-foot retail or café space and off-street parking for 12 bikes (but no cars) have now been formally proposed and are working their way through Planning.

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by anonrandom

    another dry cleaner displaced by luxury housing. residents of the tenderloin need somewhere to take their dry cleaning. if only MEDA could have had this business listed as a culturally significant site. what a world!

    • Posted by SFMichael

      Don’t worry, that purple sign at the entrance to the building will be made from the dry cleaner’s awning, thus providing a cultural link to the past.

    • Posted by r_sq

      Do you really care about the welfare of community? Do you realize how toxic dry cleaners are in terms of environmental pollution? Similar risk profile to petrochemical refinery or a dollar store. If I had family in the area I would applaud the closure of any business that threatened their health in such an insidious fashion.

    • Posted by Cynthia's Name

      Do you know why it is that MEDA wanted to explore the story of that laundromat?

      • Posted by Anon123

        Because they oppose any type of market rate housing in the Mission?

  2. Posted by john downey

    Why cant the cleaner be in the retail space at street level with housing above? Having a 1 story laundromat in the center of the City seems crazy.

    • Posted by Notcom

      They’d have to somehow stay in business during construction; and if they “stay in business” by moving, then they likely wouldn’t need the space when it becomes available again..

      • Posted by SFO

        Besides, they probably couldn’t afford the increase in rent.

  3. Posted by Frisco

    The neighbors on the right are losing a lot(line) of windows.

    • Posted by emanon

      Look more closely. They are not lot line windows.

    • Posted by Kraus

      The neighbors “on the right” (i.e., 711 Leavenworth) aren’t going to lose any windows.

      All their windows facing the subject lot are set back about 10 feet or so from the interior (shared) property line.

  4. Posted by excuse me while i kiss the burrito

    12 units over 8 stories on a lot that size is incredible. These will be enormous units!

    • Posted by SocketSite

      The notion of “enormous” is certainly relative, but taking into account the required setbacks, common areas, stairways and circulation areas, along with the fact that the parcel is only 60 feet deep, the proposed one-bedrooms would measure 505 square feet, 765 square feet for the twos.

  5. Posted by FromMe

    Much improved! Looks good. 12 new units of residential added to supply. Keep them coming! 12 less likely displaced apartments.

  6. Posted by Just My Opinion

    All good. I hope this breezes through planning.

  7. Posted by Panhandle Pro

    How long do you think it will take for SF to demolish and rebuild every last project to its zoned height, in this manner? Food for thought: NYC had a population of 1,000 in ~1650. SF didn’t reach 1,000 until ~1848. NYC thus had a 200 year head start to reach the density they are at.

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