Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 42 / 19 October 2017
 

Upper Market real estate office projects in Castro head to planning

Real estate firm Drysdale Properties is aiming to open a satellite office in the storefront at 2324. Market Street.

Real estate firm Drysdale Properties is aiming to open a satellite office in the storefront at 2324 Market Street.

A pair of projects involving upper Market Street real estate offices in the Castro are headed to the city’s planning commission.

Two years after Drysdale Properties, a local affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, first announced it planned to move into the roughly 280 square foot space at 2324 Market Street, its permit request will be heard by the oversight body at its April 21 meeting.

As noted in a story last June, Drysdale’s attempt to open a satellite office in the bathroom-less storefront was blocked when a complaint was filed against it for not seeking the required permits imposed on real estate offices wanting to open in ground floor retail spaces along upper Market Street.

City leaders imposed the zoning controls in an attempt to limit the number of real estate offices, as well as financial services and other non-retail uses, that could move into ground floor storefronts on Market Street between Octavia Boulevard and Castro Street.

D&H Sustainable Jewelers, at 2323 Market Street, had been interested in leasing the space directly across the street from it to open a watch store, but its entreaties with the landlord were rebuffed. And the Castro Retail Strategy released last summer argued the space should be used for retail.

Nonetheless, last fall Drysdale won the backing of the Castro Merchants business group to take over the storefront. The company noted it is locally- and woman-owned and planned to utilize the space daily, including on weekends.

The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District and the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association also voted to support its permit request, while the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association voted to oppose it.

2201 Market Street housing project advances

A rendering of the proposed building at the corner of Market and Sanchez streets. Courtesy Edmonds + Lee Architects, Inc.

A rendering of the proposed building at the corner of Market and Sanchez streets. Courtesy Edmonds + Lee Architects, Inc.

Meanwhile, a planned mixed-use housing project at 2201 Market Street, which has housed the San Francisco flagship location for real estate firm Catarra, recently won several variances it had needed for the design of the building.

The triangular lot at the intersection of Market and Sanchez streets is one of the last remaining developable corner parcels in the area.

At that intersection in particular, it is the second-to-last corner property to be redeveloped.

The 22-unit Century SF condo building at 2200 Market Street opened in 2013, while Forest City’s 88-unit apartment complex at 2175 Market Street, on the corner with 15th Street, opened in the fall of 2014.

Across the street and currently under construction is Greystar’s 87-unit mixed-use development at 2198 Market Street, where Market, 15th and Sanchez all intersect. It is slated to open this summer.

The final site at that intersection houses a Chase Bank branch that includes a small parking lot for 15 vehicles. Plans to demolish the existing building and build a Trader Joe’s grocery store were abandoned in 2005. At this time there are no known plans to redevelop the property.

Two years ago Donald St. Sure, the property owner of 2201 Market Street, first announced plans to demolish the existing structure on the site, which has housed various retail shops in the past, from an audio and electronics store to a seller of home furnishings.

The current plan is to build a six-story, 65-foot tall flatiron building with 3,200 square feet of ground floor commercial retail space, fourteen dwelling units at the second through sixth floors, and a basement level garage with four stacked parking spaces accessed from Sanchez Street.

A view of the proposed building’s Sanchez Street facade. Courtesy of Edmonds + Lee Architects, Inc.

A view of the proposed building’s Sanchez Street facade. Courtesy of Edmonds + Lee Architects, Inc.

The building, designed by local firm Edmonds + Lee Architects, Inc., would extend outwards at the corner, with the retail spaces recessed inwards.

Because the proposed building covers the entire lot and is designed with bays that extend beyond the property line, it required the granting of a rear yard modification and variance from the requirements for obstructions over streets and alleys.

Zoning Administrator Scott F. Sanchez granted the zoning code exceptions for the project at his monthly Zoning Variance Hearing held Wednesday, March 23.

The design will now be reviewed by the planning commission, though a hearing before the panel has yet to be scheduled.

— Matthew S. Bajko, March 30, 2016 @ 4:58 pm PST
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