[maxgallery name=”1201-1205-tennessee-street”]Wandering through the city in an industrial area of Dogpatch, we recently stumbled upon a property cloaked behind a large wrapped fence on the corner of 3rd and 23rd street. Peering through cracks in the fence, we observed a large dirt clearing interrupted by an idle mobile crane and pile driving machinery. The relatively large 1.5 acre plot is being readied for a future 259 unit (41 BMR) apartment complex with 1,197 sq feet of retail space, 147 ground floor parking spaces, and room for 273 parked bikes. Architect firm Fougeron Architecture has designed the complex as three buildings partially encircling a second story courtyard and abutting a mid-block alley with a raised boardwalk and community gathering area. The building’s relatively low 68 foot maximum height, integrated setbacks, and generous open space create a low impact design that should complement the surrounding neighborhood. The project is a joint venture between The Resmark Companies and AGI Avant. Judging by current progress, contractor Devcon Construction should wrap up construction activities by late 2016.
[maxgallery name=”1201-1205-tennessee-street-tobbs”]The property is historically notable for being the location where a 1,500 ft ropewalk shed, created by the Tubbs San Francisco Cordage Company, once passed as it made its way to the bay. Fading remnants of the long slender building’s position are seen in the property’s partial trapezoidal shape and irregular angled placement of adjacent buildings. The ropewalk, which lasted from 1856 to 1963, was used to fabricate ropes for ships and mining companies.