[maxgallery name=”346-potrero-avenue-spring-2015″]Ground is moving at 346 Potrero Avenue. The site is being prepped for a new nine story condominium complex located at the northeast edge of the Mission District. A recent weekend visit showed large mounds of earth, excavators, and pile driving machinery sitting idle on the 11,250 sq. feet site. Residing on a parcel with an 85 foot height limit, the building will include one subterranean level of parking and top level penthouse which technically pushes the total height to 95 feet. Overall, the complex will include 70 residencies (11 below market rate), 45 car parking, 82 bicycle spots, and 2,760 sq. feet of retail space.
[maxgallery name=”346-potrero-avenue-other”]No lumber here. The building will feature a reinforced concrete exoskeleton designed with diagonally positioned columns externally visible and incorporated into the building’s appearance. Architectural inspiration may have been originated from another Handel Architect’s penned building recently completed at 170 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, where a similar cross-braced exoskeleton supports the weight of 20 floors. Functionally, the exoskeleton eliminates the need for internal support columns and lends for more spacious open interiors.
[maxgallery name=”346-potrero-avenue-shade-impace”]Owner Trumark Urban has endured controversy over the building’s shade impacts on nearby Franklin Square Park during the project’s review, however, last summer the planning commission ruled that the decreased sunlight was negligible and allowed the development to proceed.
Judging by current progress, contractor Build Group should complete the new complex by late 2016.