The 1100 Ocean Avenue address in San Francisco was born from reclaimed land brought on by Muni’s Phelan Loop relocation. The relocation initiative was connected to a grander plan adopted in 2009 called the Balboa Park Station Area Plan under which San Francisco Planning sought to better integrate the Balboa Park Transit Station with Balboa Park, City College of San Francisco, and local surrounding communities. The objectives were to spur economic activity and reduce urban decay by increasing Muni and Bart accessibility. One such objective completed early last year was the Phelan Loop relocation that saw an increase in Muni efficiency and freed valuable real estate on heavily trafficked Ocean Avenue. A 71 unit affordable housing complex with an adjoining public plaza was planned for the old loop’s location. Construction for the complex started in the fall of last year and forecasted to be completed in November of this year.
Architect Herman Coliver Locus Architecture has designed an unobjectionable fairly generic design that should agree with local surroundings including the nearby Whole Foods rental complex. With its modest architectural approach and wood based upper floors, the 5 story structure is being economically built by owners Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (BHNC) and Mercy Housing California (MHC).
A recent walk-by of the residential complex showed a thin veil of construction wrap covering the rising structure. The reinforced concrete foundation and first floor podium are structurally complete with work ongoing on the subsequent wood framed top floors. A peek between privacy barriers revealed the future open plaza currently occupied by stacks of building grade lumber. Judging by builder Cahill Contractors‘ current progress, the predicted November 2014 completion date may seem somewhat aggressive. Once completed, the building will be used for young adults previously in foster care and low income families making 50 percent of local area median income.