Tomorrow the Planning Commission will hear the project at 1096 South Van Ness, which proposes to convert a former mortuary building into a restaurant and indoor mini golf course called Urban Putt. The new remodel plans by Matt Hollis Architects (of Mission Bowling Club fame) include a 2,100 sq.ft. putt-putt that would take up the ground floor, with the restaurant located on a portion of the ground floor and the entire second floor. The restaurant use was approved back in 2005 but never opened, and the building has sat vacant ever since. Apparently mini golf is anticipated to be hot late night activity with the young folk, with hours on the weekend extending to 2am. The whole thing is owned and spearheaded by former CNET and PC World editor Steve Fox, who did outreach to the neighborhood and so far the only responses have been eight letters of support. Planning staff is supportive of the locally-owned unique use ("offered nowhere else in the city," they say) and psyched that it'll adaptively reuse the vacant historic 1906 building. Considering Urban Putt's previous forays into SF themed mini-golf, we can expect some wacky business.
· Conditional Use Application - 1096 South Van Ness (pdf) [SF Planning]
· Mission to Get Upscale Mini-Golf Course [Eater SF]
· Urban Putt [Urban Putt]
· Matt Hollis Architects [MH Architects]