The San Francisco Planning Commission is scheduled to consider plans for the adaptive reuse of 1526 Powell Street in San Francisco tomorrow. The project developer, JS Sullivan, has proposed to retain the John Delucchi Sheet Metal building facade for the entrance of the six-story apartment. City staff are recommending the commission indefinitely delay a vote for the project.
JS Sullivan has requested Conditional Use Authorization from the commission for the development. The plans use the State Density Bonus program to get a concession on ground-floor commercial space and three waivers for the rear yard, dwelling unit exposure, and building height limits.
RG Architecture is responsible for the design. The project will retain the glossy steel facade as a two-story podium deck. The four-story addition will be setback from the streetwall, creating space for a private patio. The expansion is inspired by the area’s historic vernacular of linear cornices, a low parapet, horizontal banding between floors, and taller windows. The front and rear facades will be clad with metal phenolic panels, while the side walls will be covered with horizontal fiber-cement lap siding.
The 61-foot tall structure will yield 29,260 square feet, with 25,900 square feet for housing and 3,400 square feet for a basement garage. Unit sizes will vary with 11 one-bedrooms, six two-bedrooms, and three three-bedrooms. Parking will be included for ten cars and 20 bicycles. The plan will include three affordable low-income units, allowing the firm to use the State Density Bonus program to increase residential capacity.
The Planning Commission meeting is scheduled to start tomorrow, January 18th, starting at noon. For more information about how to attend and participate, visit the meeting agenda here.