New renderings have been published, giving a more detailed view of the proposed future of 2550 Irving Street in San Francisco. The proposal will be a rare mid-rise residential addition to the Sunset District. The affordable housing non-profit, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation is responsible for the application.
If built, 2550 Irving Street, the project will add 90 new affordable family rental housing units to a neighborhood without many new housing units. This is a reduction from plans first covered by SFYIMBY in June, which consisted of 98 units.
The 73-foot tall structure will yield over 113,000 square feet with 102,520 square feet for residential use, 4,620 square feet for the 18-car garage with stackers, and 5,950 square feet for usable open space. Storage will also be included for 90 bicycles.
Unit sizes will range from studios to three-bedroom, with more than half of the units offering two or three bedrooms. Units are expected to be offered as rentals. There will be nine studios, 34 one-bedroom units, 23 two-bedroom units, and 24 three-bedroom units.
The ground-level residential amenities will include a community room, on-site laundry, a kitchen, lounge. Residents will have an open-air space with an urban agricultural area from the roof decks, an important feature with environmental and community benefits.
PYATOK is responsible for the design. According to the most recent design iterations, the project has a refined podium apartment building with bay windows as the main architectural feature. Along Irving Street, the project will be articulated into three massings. Separating two larger massings with bay windows and sandstone brick will be a grooved dark grey fiber cement grid on top of the off-white panels, heavy timber trellises along the base, and a setback on the top floor to make way for a roof deck.
Across the whole structure, facade material will include sandstone-toned thin bricks, precast concrete, fiber cement panels, painted aluminum, and western red cedar timbers.
Along the street, the project will include public art, new landscaping areas with public benches, and new street trees. The Miller Company will be the landscape architect, and KPFF Consulting Engineers is the civil engineer.
Residents can come in through the main entry gate at the center of the block along Irving Street. The gate goes through a covered courtyard with seating into an open-air courtyard in the back, with play areas and seating. Plans show the open-air courtyard is also reachable by an access gate along 26th Avenue.
The existing two-story credit union building and surface parking, operated by the Police Credit Union, will be demolished. The property is at the tail end of a retail row along Irving Street, one block south and parallel with Golden Gate Park. Future residents will find themselves by Mallard Lake/Turtle pond. Ocean Beach is a mile and a half away or sixteen minutes away via the SFMTA light rail’s N Line.
The project will receive a streamlined permitting process via Senate Bill 35 and Assembly Bill 1763, enacted to support new housing to address San Francisco’s housing crisis. The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) is expected to fund the pre-development and site acquisition for $14.3 million. Once construction starts, future funding is expected to reach up to $26 million. The City and County of San Francisco is expecting to acquire the site from TNDC in the future.
The following is taken from the initial planning application, emphasizing the necessity of construction at 2550 Irving Street:
There has been limited development of housing and affordable housing in District 4 over the last ten years, while the District has lost affordability. From 2010 to 2020, 26 net new affordable housing units and 64 total net new units were built in District 4. In the same period, 449 rent-controlled units were removed from the rental market. In FY 2019-20 over 4,400 applicants for affordable housing in San Francisco resided in District 4. Only 35 applicants successfully found housing in that time period. All were displaced from District 4.