New plans have been published for the Balboa Reservoir townhomes, an 89-unit component for the project that will create over a thousand homes next to the City College of San Francisco. The development team, led by AvalonBay Communities and BRIDGE Housing, told the SF Business Times they expect to purchase the land by the end of the year. With plans approved two years ago and the property sale likely, the team is eyeing a groundbreaking by 2024.
The townhomes will span 3.6 acres of the 17.6-acre property, acting like a ‘buffer’ between the adjacent neighborhood and the more dense apartments. The project will create 204,900 square feet across 89 units in 22 buildings. Parking will be included for 115 cars. The units will be designed in three different plans ranging in size from 1,700 to 2,400 square feet.
DAHLIN is responsible for the design of the townhomes, with landscape architecture by GLS and civil engineering by BKF. The simple townhome designs will be stacked, with each unit delineated with bay window vernacular and distinct parapet heights. Facade materials will include stucco, wood, and horizontal panel siding.
The landscaping masterplan connects each unit with a shared green pathway connected to a western boundary paseo and the San Ramon Paseo across from Block D, and F. Most of the plants will be native to the climate with a few exceptions.
The developers are collaborating with Mission Housing, Pacific Union Development, and Habitat for Humanity. The master plan for Balboa Reservoir will create around 1,100 new homes between the townhomes and six apartment structures, connected by over two acres of public open space with a community garden, plazas, dog parks, and gathering areas. Around half of all units will be designated as affordable housing.
The property site is expected to sell for $11.6 million, and construction will cost an estimated $600 million. If construction can start by 2024 as expected, AvalonBay and BRIDGE could see the master plan completed as early as 2028 between two phases.