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Plans to Convert Church to Condos Back Before Planning


About a year ago Curbed brought news that the owner of the now-shuttered Second Church of Christ Scientist at 651 Dolores had plans to echo 601 Dolores and covert the church into residential use. No surprise actually, because the owner is the one and the same who completed the 601 Dolores conversion. The church closed down in 2006 when the building was found to be a "seismic hazard" and planned to demo it, but instead put it up for sale when there was a lot of push back from the community. Plans from architects Modyfier for the conversion into four residential units are ready to go before the Planning Commission tomorrow, and they don't disappoint. The Light House, as the project is called, will place three of the units on the first floor, mezzanine, and a portion of the basement, while the fourth unit would go within the dome. They'll also add skylights above the west vestibule and a new roof deck. The surface parking lot behind the church will be converted into a landscaped garden. The whole project already got the green light through environmental review, and the Planning Department staff is recommending approval. There's plenty of plans to check out, but we can't wait to see the renderings.
· Conditional Use Application – 651 Dolores [SF Planning]
· Previous coverage of 651 Dolores/Second Church of Christ Scientist [Curbed SF]