[maxgallery name=”480-potrero-avenue-construction-update”]For those local residents and community organizations fighting to stop the new development at 480 Potrero Avenue, the battle was lost late last year. Project opponents, which included neighbors, business owners, and the Mariposa-Utah Neighborhood Association (MUNA), contended the building would cast shadows on Franklin park, did not match nearby historic structures, supplied an inadequate amount of new parking, and blocked vista views for nearby residencies. In December of 2013, the San Francisco Planning Department denied an appeal to the project’s approval and allowed a six story residential complex to rise on the empty 480 Potrero Avenue lot.
After demolition of the former building in 2005, the property sat empty for more than seven years before plans were drafted in 2012 for an 84 unit residential building by architect Reza Khoshnevisan and project sponsor Sia Consulting . The initial plan was revised to accommodate neighborhood concerns over mass, size, and density and resulted in a building with a reduced unit count, increased parking stalls, and less bulky exterior facade. Specifically, the approved building will have 75 units, 970 square of commercial space, 47 parking spaces, and be between 58 and 68 feet in height. With the planning department’s blessing late last year, permits were issued in early spring to excavate the property and install shoring supports around the perimeter.
Today, the site is an excavated trench with a bottom network of reinforced steel bars nearly ready for a concrete mat pour. Judging from planning documentation, the building will have a concrete foundation and first floor, with wood framed upper floors. The project looks to be on a 18 to 24 month life cycle with completion sometime in 2016.