The San Francisco Planning Department is expected to vote on plans for a new United Irish Cultural Center at 2700 45th Avenue in the Sunset District, San Francisco. The densely packed six-story institutional facility will create new community space, including a two-level Saint Patrick’s Room banquet hall, offices, and a public gallery.
The 96-foot tall structure will yield 129,540 square feet with 100,560 square feet for commercial and retail, 8,800 square feet for offices, 1,040 square feet for the 42-bicycle parking, and 6,060 square feet of usable open space. Additional parking will be included for 54 cars in the two-level subterranean garage.
The ground level will include three points of entry for pedestrians; public entry, a members-only entry, and restaurant entry. Members will be able to go down to the lowest basement floor, including a swimming pool and community recreation facility. The second level features the 5,810 square foot Saint Patrick’s Room Banquet Hall, including a 99-person theater stage and mezzanine level seating. The hall can host between 690 to 917 guests with theater-style seating or 358 to 456 guests with table seating.
The third floor will include four art galleries, a library with a reading room and research room, a children’s play area, and a garden. Floor four will include offices for non-profit, administrative offices, a dance studio, a children’s classroom, and a conference room. The fifth floor will have a gym, two exercise studios, a cafe, and a physical therapy center. Topping the Irish Cultural Center will be two outdoor dining areas with fire pit tables, restaurant seating, a member’s lounge, and a garden.
San Francisco-based Studio BANAA is responsible for the design. The firm writes that the massing has “a solid massing of blue Kilkenny limestone from Ireland houses the more intimate, member-focused programs. The rooftop is the crowning glory, with four quadrants representing the four provinces of Ireland.”
The property is located along 45th Avenue between Sloat Boulevard and Wawona Street. The property is directly across from the Sloat Garden Center, where CH Planning has submitted contested plans for a 50-story skyscraper at 2700 Sloat Boulevard. YIMBY revealed new renderings for the eye-catching tower earlier this month.
Dolmen Consulting Engineers is responsible for the structural engineers. Construction is expected to last around 20 months, from groundbreaking to completion. Planning applications show that construction is expected to cost around $46.7 million. Completion is expected by 2025.
The meeting is scheduled to start this Thursday, July 27th, starting at 12 PM. GThe event will be held in City Hall and online. For more information, visit the city website here.