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What's Happening at 1645 Pacific?

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Lot at 1645 Pacific with facade of 1661 Pacific left standing.

From the Curbed inbox:

I was wondering if anyone at Curbed had noticed the recent tear down of the auto-shop on Pacific between Polk and Van Ness? Looks like they have been excavating and I haven't been able to find out what is being planned in its place. Our reader is talking about 1645 Pacific, a former public parking garage, and its auto-repair shop neighbor at 1661 Pacific. The garage has been completely demo'd, and all that's left of the auto shop is the facade.


Slated for the location is a 65,000 sq.ft. six-story building with 38 dwelling units, 41 parking spaces, and 3,200 sq.ft. of ground floor retail. The project was approved back in 2010, and will house a mix of 6 junior one?bedroom units, 1 one?bedroom unit, 29 two?bedroom units, and 3 three?bedroom units. Some folks were psyched at the BDE Architecture design, not to mention the ground?floor retail spaces and proximity to transit. The Middle Polk Neighborhood Association wasn't too thrilled with the building's compatability with the hood, though it's scaled down considerably from the original plans which called for 48 units (about half of which were studios). Looks like things veered towards family housing instead, hence the larger units.

The little auto-repair shop dated back to 1907, so the project is keeping a portion of an existing garage entry which will be utilized to access the off?street parking. The part of the building above the old auto shop will be set back, with industrial sash windows and brick facing to evoke some of the other old auto-repair shops in the area. The permits for shoring up the adjacent building and the auto shop's facade were issued in October 2012, and since demo is now complete, the project has filed for construction tower crane permits a few weeks ago. Looks like construction will get underway any day now.
· Conditional Use Application - 1645 Pacific (pdf) [SF Planning]
· Historic Resource Evaluation Response - 1645 and 1661 Pacific (pdf) [SF Planning]
· Nob Hill Does Away With an Auto Shop in Favor of 48 Condos [Curbed SF]