According to SF Business Times, a proposal was “quietly submitted” to San Francisco's Planning Commission last week profiling the build out of a 10-story, 351-unit housing development abutting the 16th and Mission BART Plaza. The project would stretch from Mission to Capp Streets, replacing Walgreens, Burger King, City Club, Hwa Lei Market, and the parking lot that sits along Capp.
The proposal calls for airy plate glass storefronts, with 14-foot floor-to-ceiling heights, which would wrap around the BART plaza and continue along Mission and 16th streets. The group says the blank facades currently ringing the BART Plaza on Mission and Capp streets represent “a significant contributing factor to the high crime rate at the intersection of 16th and Mission.”
“The retail spaces will feature welcoming high ceilings and a large expanse of display glass to spark pedestrian interest and provide a safe and engaging revitalization of the BART plaza,” the proposal states. […]
The developer has not yet determined how it will meet the city’s affordable housing requirement. It could build 12 percent on site, 20 percent off site, or pay a fee that is the equivalent of 20 percent of the total project cost. It could also carve out a piece of the land and give it to the Mayor’s Office of Affordable Housing, which would then pick an affordable housing developer to build it.
“What an opportunity for an amazing transformation of a corner,” said Chris Foley, a partner with Polaris Pacific, which markets new condos across the city.
It's unclear if this development has anything to do with the nebulous “Clean Up the Plaza” astroturfing campaign that sprang up this summer, but the timing is particularly curious. And the goals? One wants to make it safe and appealing for 'commuters', while the other needs it to be safe and appealing for sales.
But make no mistake, this development has nothing to do with the “transformation of a corner,” even if that is its inevitable outcome. Former Jack Spade lobbyist Phil Lessor said it best:
There is only one neighborhood in the Bay Area that has two BART stations and that’s the Mission. That is absolute gold. It doesn’t get any better than that. What you are seeing on Valencia Street and 24th Street — those are sideshows compared with Mission Street. Basically what you are starting to see is what Mission Street will look like in the 21st century.
According to the Biz Times, the property is already in contract for $25 million awaiting city approval.
Welcome to the “neighborhood.”