Assuming plans to relocate and redevelop the historic ‘Englander House’ at 807 Franklin Street are approved, a new 8-story infill building with 48 residential units over a garage for 17 stacked cars and 80 bikes could then rise up to 80 feet in height upon the Italianate’s current 10,300 square foot parcel which includes a 5,500 square foot side yard now used for parking.

As designed by Kerman Morris Architects, the 48 units – a mix of 15 one-bedrooms, 29 twos and 4 threes – would average a little under 900 square feet apiece. As proposed by the project team, all the units will be market rate with an in-lieu fee proposed to satisfy the requirements of the City’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program. And yes, the adjacent Shell Station site on the corner of Turk is zoned for development up to 80 feet in height as well.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by anon2.5

    Is it even safe to live that close to a gas station?

  2. Posted by hi

    Seems like a lot of property lot line windows to me.

    • Posted by glaucon

      I was thinking the same thing, 20 years from now (or sooner) there certainly won’t be a gas station anymore. That’s probably why they do have a lightwell in this design

  3. Posted by Ian Berke

    My understanding is that the owner intends to move the mansion 4 or 5 blocks away. Hope so, because it is an important house.

    • Posted by van nessident

      That plan is linked in the first sentence of this post.

  4. Posted by Amewsed

    Wow, this is a big change for the better.

  5. Posted by DrElefun

    I will miss that dingy old Victorian style house known as the Englander house. The parking lot always has something intriguing going on or piled up in it. I always wonder who lives there or what goes on inside. To us walkers, it’s a welcome relief to all of the dull buildings in the area.

    As to the Shell gas station, I usually don’t care if gas stations close up since I don’t own or drive a car, but then when I rarely rent a car, I’m always glad to have that station in the neighborhood. It must be frustrating for tourists when they need to gas up – gas stations are becoming rare in this town. I will miss one thing about the station – it has one of the few working pay phones in this cell phone age. I don’t use it, but it is interesting to see such a relic still standing. I will not miss almost getting hit by cars pulling out after getting refueled and the drivers are not alert to pedestrians.

    In the same block, I understand that construction is finally going forward this fall of the church at the corner of Gough and Eddy. With the completion of the construction of the nearby huge hospital and the proposed building that is the subject of this article there will be some very big changes for the neighborhood.

    Always in the back of my mind when I see all of the in-progress and the planned apartment/condo buildings in this neighborhood is a question: where are all of these people going to do their grocery shopping? Whole Foods or the proposed overpriced grocery store that is supposed to go up in Hayes Valley? The situation should be good for those grocery delivery companies.

    • Posted by JRSF

      All the new residents could also shop at the existing Safeway at Geary and Webster (small, but fine), or the Trader Joe’s at Geary and Masonic, which is now less crowded since a few others have opened in the city.

    • Posted by BobN

      I miss the outrageous bougainvillea that inhabited the back half of that lot.

    • Posted by sfcommie

      You can always take bus and deliver to yourself. 31 will take you to the forementioned Safeway and 49 will gets within a few blocks of Foodsco. No need for Whole Foods in case you are not a hipster. Wait, it’s now part of Amazon, any plebeian can shop there.

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