350 8th Apartments on rise

Wondering what’s going on at 8th and Harrison in San Francisco? Wonder no more. The former three-acre bus depot is the future home for 350 8th Apartments, on which ground was broken earlier this year. The ceremonial groundbreaking for the project, however, is set for next week.

So what exactly is this project? According to SocketSite, it’s a mix of 410 flats, lofts, and two-story townhouse apartments, which will begin coming online in November 2015. Following this fairly soon will be the project’s 5,400-square-foot plaza and café at the corner of 8th and Ringold.

Spearheaded by Associate Estates Realty and AIG Global Real Estate, the latter of which is financing the $220 million project, the development will also include 315 off-street car parking spaces as well as 414 parking spaces for bikes, which will be mostly underground or within the site’s interior. There will be 44,000 square feet of open space in the development as well as more than 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, arts and commercial space.

The project is discussed extensively in the San Francisco Planning Department’s Environmental Impact Report, which mentions potential issues including:

  • Concerns regarding existing noise
  • Concerns regarding down-zoning lots along Mission between Seventh and Eleventh Streets
  • Existing pedestrian conditions
  • Maximum housing production
  • Retention of Residential Enclave District zoning, which will limit the potential for new housing.

The Environmental Impact Report also looked at transportation systems proposed by the city in connection with city planning for Western SOMA. These included:

  • Posting of “Truck Route” signs on Ninth, 10th, Harrison and Bryant Streets in the studied area
  • Installation of new signalized midblock crossings at several intersections
  • Installation of streetscape and traffic-calming improvements on Minna, Natoma and Ringold Streets

Opinions on the project? Let’s hear them!

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