3.4 Acres of New Housing to Grow in SOMA

350 8th St. went before the planning commission last week on December 6. The project was approved by the planning commission by a vote of 5 in favor, none opposed. Opponents of the 350 8th St. development have 30 days to appeal to the Board of Supervisors.

Click any image below for a slideshow of project renderings taken of the various buildings.

The 350 8th St. development will replace a 3.4 acre bus parking lot with roughly 410 homes. The planning document doesn’t say if they will be rentals or for sale, but since the project sponsor is Archstone Development (just recently acquired by AvalonBay/Equity Residential for a cool 6.5 billion dollars), I assume the homes will be built as condos but most likely rented. The architect for the project is Kava Massih Architects.

Quick facts about 350 8th St, as proposed:

  • 13 buildings
  • 410 homes
  • 168 two-bedroom homes
  • 196 one-bedroom homes
  • 46 studio homes
  • 356 auto parking spaces (below ground primarily, some on the interior streets)
  • 392 bicycle spaces (also a mix of below ground and street level)
  • 15% of the homes will be BMR (below market rate, aka inclusionary housing) and those homes will be on-site

The development will be mixed-use, with an additional:

  • retail/commercial spaces at ground floor, roughly 22,280 square feet
  • arts activity/PDR space along Gordon Street, roughly 10,600 square feet
  • office space in a 5 story building at the southwest corner (Ringold @ Harrison, closest to The Stud nightclub)

The project will sit pretty much directly across Harrison Street from the H2O loft building and also the Ironworks loft building. Given that the proposed buildings top out at about 65 feet high it is unwelcome news for owners on the north side of the H2O and Ironworks buildings who will lose their current downtown views. That said, it will bring an influx of new residents to the neighborhood, which is probably a good thing, although they’ll need to be prepared to live in the heart of an urban neighborhood home to legends like The Stud and Mr. S Leather (NSFW).

What are your thoughts on the 350 8th St. project?

Note: All renderings are dated November 5, 2012 and are from the San Francisco planning department project documents. Photos of the current site were taken by me.

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