101 Polk Street is a new project coming before the Planing Commission tomorrow that converts a surface parking lot at the corner of Polk and Hayes to a 13-story, 162-unit residential building with 51 below-ground parking spots and a roof terrace. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (of 100 Van Ness and 399 Fremont fame), the building will feature a mix of studios, 1-, and 2-bedroom rental apartments with inclusionary affordable housing units on site. It's been a veritable lovefest over this project, with SPUR, the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, the Civic Center Community Benefit District, the San Francisco Housing Coalition, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the San Francisco Symphony, Another Planet Entertainment (long-term lease holder at Bill Graham Auditorium) and others all supporting it. The Planning Department loves that it will add rental housing in a walkable and transit-friendly area, and add some permanent residents to the Civic Center 'hood, so they're recommending approval.
· Conditional Use Application - 101 Polk (pdf) [SF Planning]
· Previous Coverage of Solomon Cordwell Buenz [Curbed SF]