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Are Condos Planned for Lombard a Sign of Things to Come?

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New condo developments don't hit the Marina very often, so when they do, we take note. Lombard Street may not be this trendy neighborhood's fanciest street, but it looks like it could be the site of 53 new condos above 11,000 square feet of retail. The lot is currently home to a pet supply store, but that looks likely to change with the submission of a Preliminary Project Assessment from developer J.S. Sullivan. The project is slated to have 18 studios, 18 one-bedrooms, and 15 two-bedrooms, along with a pair of three-story, three-bedroom townhouses. There would also be one parking spot for each unit, a rarity in new San Francisco developments.

Lombard, with its seedy-looking motels, fast-food palaces, and fast-moving traffic, doesn't seem like the ideal location for new condos. But the proposed building would also have street frontage on Divisadero and would sit only a block from Chestnut Street, the heart of the Marina, and a few blocks from the Presidio. Lombard is also set to get quite a makeover through Mayor Ed Lee's Invest in Neighborhoods initiative, with improved transit stops, streetscaping, and some new safety measures. Perhaps new condos will actually be a harbinger of things to come for this gateway street to San Francisco.

· 2444 Lombard Preliminary Project Assessment [SF Planning]
· Upgrades Could Transform Lombard Street in the Marina [Curbed SF]