As we first reported last year:

With American Cyclery having shuttered their “too” annex at 858 Stanyan Street at the end of 2016 in anticipation of a significant rent hike, the 2,650-square-foot, single-story building on the northeast corner of Stanyan and Frederick is now on the market for $2.5 million.

Priced and positioned as a “development opportunity,” the corner parcel is zoned for development up to 50 feet in height.

And as a “Neighborhood Commercial Cluster” site, the 858 Stanyan Street parcel is not only zoned for a ground floor retail space, but housing is actively encouraged to be built above the ground story as well.

Having sold at asking, Elevation Architects has since drafted plans for a four-story addition to the existing structure, a project which would yield three (3) contemporary condos, two (2) three-bedrooms and one (1) four, over a renovated, but smaller, commercial space and a larger garage for three (3) cars.

And the public hearing at which the proposed 858 Stanyan / 490 Frederick Street addition could be approved has now been slated for September 27.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by glaucon

    I consider myself a fan of modern architecture – I even like several of Saitowitz’ designs – but this is a terrible fit with the surroundings. It would be great if it could be built though: Cole Valley could use some more listings.

  2. Posted by Curious

    Is SocketSite deliberately using the word “addition” because some element of the original building will remain?

    • Posted by SocketSite

      As we noted above, it’s technically “a four-story addition” to the existing structure (for a total of five floors and 50 feet in height). But our choice of word was deliberate beyond the technical as well.

  3. Posted by rmorrismac@gmail.com

    With some modest facade tweaks, please build it!

    • Posted by Brian M

      Yes. I don’t agree with Glaucon’s comment. I actually think it is not too bad. Movement in the façade, no blank walls, tall first floor storefronts that wrap around the corner.

  4. Posted by bachman_erlich_overdrive

    What would this cost to build this on a $psf basis? If it is 5 stories it could all be wood-framed, though they might want concrete for the retail spans.

    In the central valley, I think it would be $275 or so, sticks and bricks. Is it $500/$600/$700 here in SF?

    Also, no one builds three and four bedrooms. Someone is not serious about this design – either the ‘developer’ or the architect. Or it’s really a four bedroom-coop-shared-living-bros-space, and they are trying to duck parking or BMR requirements.

    White and gray, just needs an accent of orange to fall into step.

    • Posted by Oscar

      I thought BMR requirements kicked in at 10 or more units. Seems like they are well below that threshold here and just want a big unit.

  5. Posted by LH

    I would suggest voting “NO” to the design and “YES” to the project. I would recommend building something that looks Edwardian or Victorian like the surrounding neighborhoods.

    • Posted by Rickbynight

      This. This. This. YES to housing. NO to crappy design that ignores its surroundings and history.

      • Posted by JAB

        ugh… why are people obsessed with faux traditional architecture? Why can’t we have a balance of existing traditional buildings and new modern ones?

        • Posted by Brahma (incensed renter)

          Balance implies that at least some new buildings would reflect and flatter their surroundings, and that isn’t the case.

          Why are architects today obsessed with having every new building design clash with its surroundings and appear as if it could have been dropped in by helicopter from downtown Hong Kong yesterday?

  6. Posted by JK

    I moved to Cole Valley six months ago and fell in love with the charm of the Edwardian style homes. I am all for building up and providing more housing in the area, but this design simply does not fit the beauty of our neighborhood. I hope the architects can show another design that’s more fitting.

  7. Posted by JL

    As has been said before, YES to building more housing, but good lord, NO to the design. Architects: please consider the surroundings when choosing a design. While this design might look good in Mission Bay, it just doesn’t feel “at home” in Cole Valley. You can do so much better!

  8. Posted by Brahma (incensed renter)

    JK and JL: what you’re not understanding is that most architects sneer at the very concept of new buildings fitting in with their surroundings. Nowadays, every new building is supposed to look like it could be built anywhere in the world, with no connection to it’s context whatsoever.

  9. Posted by Anthony W. DuComb

    Through streets like Stanyan, Geary, Lincoln, California, etc. West of Divisidaro should be built up with a mix of housing and commercial. See the building at Geary and Stanyan where a 76 service station stood for so long. However, the design of the building must be required to match the neighborhood architecture. This proposal is a success on the former and a failure on the latter. Fix the facade and build it.

    Nearby Resident

  10. Posted by WM

    I don’t mind the design, but wish more attention was paid to the corner of the facade here. A bit of a missed opportunity.

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