Last summer, a narrow parcel of land along Octavia Boulevard in Hayes Valley was awarded to Linden Partners, the development partnership between DDG and DM Development responsible for 8 Octavia, among other projects. Plans to turn the lot into a five-story building with 26 residential units are now moving ahead with a Preliminary Project Assessment filed with the Planning Department. The units are set to be small, with an average square footage of 686 square feet across the mix of studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms. "The current rethinking about urban living opens up the opportunity to propose new development concepts," says Mark MacDonald, principal of DM Development. "By offering smaller units in an amenity-rich location, Parcel T broadens the range of housing options available to individuals and families in Hayes Valley."
When plans for Parcel T were first revealed, one of the most interesting points was the concept of a ground floor "living room" for residents and the public. In renderings, the concept looked like a big indoor beer hall. "Parcel T is about smart design, rethinking urban environments, and creating a sense of community—we are not only optimizing the number of units, we're looking carefully at each unit to create an optimal living space, while providing areas for residents to congregate and interact," says Joe McMillan, Chairman and CEO of DDG.
Fifteen percent of the condos—which works out to about four units—will be designated as below market rate. There will also be a rooftop garden, 13 residential parking spots, and 22 bicycle parking spots. The building is being designed by Edmonds + Lee and includes a modular facade made up of abstracted bays that also will act as a sunshade. Planning's response to the Parcel T PPA was generally positive, so this project will likely become a reality for Hayes Valley.
· Renderings Released for the Hayes Valley Parcel T Condos [Curbed SF]
· Parcel T Preliminary Project Assessment [SF Planning]