Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Castro Whole Foods project’s streetscape plan up for vote

Screen Shot 2013-03-08 at 6.56.16 PMThe Prado Group, the developer behind the upper Market corridor housing project that will include a Whole Foods, is seeking a fee waiver totaling $510,000 in exchange for paying for a number of streetscape, pedestrian safety, and public space improvements on Dolores and Market streets.

The site at 2001 Market Street at Dolores will include 85 units in addition to the upscale grocery store. It is set to open in late 2013.

The proposed street changes include sidewalk bulb-outs at the Market Street and Dolores Street intersection on both the southeast and southwest sides and at Dolores Street and 14th Street on the North-West corner.

A public plaza, including seating and landscaping, would be built on the southwest corner of Dolores Street and Market Street adjacent to the future Whole Foods grocery store. It is estimated to cost $29,000 to build.

The Dolores Street median would be extended to Market Street and special paving materials would be used in the crosswalk across Dolores Street at Market Street. A raised crosswalk and bulb-outs would be added to Clinton Park alley where it intersects Dolores Street on the east side.

The proposal is set to be voted on by the Planning Commission at its meeting Thursday, March 14.

Screen Shot 2013-03-08 at 7.19.17 PMPlanning staff is recommending it be approved, noting in a report that the enhancements will improve “the public life in this neighborhood by creating a public plaza with seating and landscaping for people to relax and mingle adjacent to the new development.”

The proposed public plaza would introduce “an urban open space to this neighborhood that would supplement traditional open spaces in the neighborhood such as Dolores Park or Duboce Park, and is consistent with other urban plazas in the Upper Market area, such as Jane Warner Plaza at Castro and Market Streets,” notes the staff report.

The project has community support, though members of the Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association are opposed to seeing the removal of one vehicular traffic lane on Dolores Street for a portion of the block south of Market Street. A traffic study found that the loss of the lane would have minimal impacts.

The Planning Commission meeting begins at noon in Room 400 of City Hall.

— Matthew S. Bajko, March 8, 2013 @ 8:23 pm PST
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