Could SF pizza joint be converted to housing stock?

What’s tastier these days in San Francisco: pizza or housing? Here’s today’s case in point: 1270 Mission Street in the South of Market area, which currently houses a one-story, 1,192-square-foot pizza joint known as SF Pizza. It’s not terribly highly regarded, at least insofar as Yelp is concerned – it averages two and a half stars. That may be a little besides the point, though – the question here is, what will happen if it gets demolished for proposed housing?

This certainly could happen. According to Curbed SF, the short red-stucco building faces demolition in favor of a 13-story building with slightly less than 200 units and a little more than 3,300 square feet of ground-floor retail. (No word yet on whether any of those retailers will be flipping deliciously savory pies and adding marinara sauce.) The San Francisco Planning Department’s report notes that the project would also include a bike storage room, 101 car-parking spots, and a roof deck, which is gaining ever more favor in the view-laden Bay Area.

In addition, the Planning Department suggests a “living alley” be created along the project’s Laskie Street side, including walk-up ground-floor units with street entrances. “The building should provide a consistent and active relationship with all frontages,” the Planning report reads. There is also a required rear yard that would be at minimum 25 percent of the lot area is recommended by the Planning Department as well. In addition, public art equal in value to one percent of the construction cost is required by law. Avant Housing, which has developed the SoMa Grand, Vara Apartments and 900 Folsom, is spearheading the project.

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