[maxgallery name=”1450-15th-street-construction-update”]It’s a bit off the beaten path, this lot. A block-and-a-half south from the gloomy 50’s era elevated central freeway and more than two blocks from the more spirited Valencia Street, lies an L shaped property on the corner of 15th and Shotwell Street. The local area is a little dicey – a judgement supported by a recent midday walk that found a nearby homeless encampment, some industrial buildings, and quiet sidewalks. However, things should get brighter for the area, or at least a little busier, for a new residential building is planned for the site. It won’t be tall, the lot is capped at 50 feet, and all of its five stories will include 16 parking spaces, 20 market rate units, and three additional homes given to the Affordable Housing Program. A pity there’s no mention of ground retail, the area seems to be dying for extra foot traffic and commerce activity.
Being polite may not work in many areas of politics. Just ask the bombastic and popular presidential hopeful Donald Trump. But in the politics of San Francisco architecture, many times a more sensitive, less impactful, and – as architect IBA Design calls it – more “polite” design will get you pretty far. And such is the case with this building. Horizontal siding, square bay windows, and short roof overhangs are the most interesting aspects of the – yawn – design. Not too flamboyant, not too high, no views blocked and no shadows created – what housing crisis? Approved!
Digging up the names of important stakeholders is a consistently more difficult task when researching these smaller developments. 1450 15th Street was proven to be no exception but enough trolling through the Internet uncovered a Florida company named 10 South Shore LLC as the owner and Byrnes & Mc Clellan Construction Clellan as the builder.
The building is expected to be completed in a year.