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February 18, 2016

2254 Market receives unanimous SF Planning Commission approval

San Francisco, CA – 2254 Market, a new mixed-use project in the Upper Market area of San Francisco, was approved 4-0 by the Planning Commission on Feb. 11. “I think the site is one of the more challenging sites I’ve seen in a long time,” said Commissioner Kathrin Moore. “It has not only two frontages with a through lot, but it actually has five irregular sites, which is monumental for any architect to even approach with a diagram.” Moore added that she appreciated the balance between preserving the historic building and designing the new residential units, which will include 12 percent at below-market-rate as part of The City’s inclusionary requirement. “I think it creates a really interesting space,” Moore said. Commissioner Rich Hillis noted that the project complements the Market and Octavia Area Plan, which calls for mixed-use residential and commercial development in transit-served locations. “This is what we expected and encouraged to see [in developing the plan] — a pretty underutilized parcel becoming additional housing, affordable housing and retail for that neighborhood,” Hillis said.

Developers The Prado Group will preserve the structure of the existing funeral home, which is considered a historic resource by The City. The project also includes a five-story building constructed adjacent to the funeral home, on what is currently a surface parking lot. That building will weave around the funeral home, which will likely be used for commercial space. The developers will also build a three-story, two-unit townhouse at 2157 15th St. and renovate three rent-controlled units at 2153-55 15th St.

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