New Mid-Market project proceeds with revamped design

Having just been granted an exception from San Francisco’s notoriously arduous environmental review process, the proposed 1700 Market Street project has seen a major redesign from its original vision. According to SocketSite, the property will now be built as a 48-unit building encompassing 26 studio apartments and 22 one-bedroom units.

The San Francisco Planning Department exemption from environmental review was issued on March 12. It notes that the 3,471-square-foot triangular site, currently the home of the two-story, 6,800-square-foot FastFrame building on the corner of Market and Gough, also has Haight Street frontage. The proposal is to demolish the FastFrame building and build an 8-story, mixed-use residential building with ground-floor retail.

“The proposed building would be approximately 85 feet tall (approximately 100 feet tall with mechanical penthouse,” the exemption reads, “and would include … 1,549 square feet of commercial space. The proposed project would include 50 bicycle parking spaces located at the ground floor. No off-street vehicle parking spaces are being proposed as part of the project.”

The original design of the 1700 Market Street project was that of a high-end group housing project with shared kitchen and gathering areas. That design, SocketSite notes, was largely in order to get around the Market-Octavia Neighborhood Plan, which holds that 40 percent of new non-group housing developments in the area must be two-bedroom units. However, group housing is the exception to the rule – and that original design fit into that category with limited kitchen facilities in the individual units.

So what’s the next step for this project? A Conditional Use Authorization must be granted by the San Francisco Planning Commission. We’ll keep you updated.

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