Plans from developer Related California to build a 4-story, 316-unit rental complex in Potrero Hill have been controversial since they were first announced. The complex would sit at 1601 Mariposa, across the street from Jackson Playground on the site of what is currently MacKenzie Warehouse and a parking lot. There would be 9,000 square feet of retail space, 275 parking spots in an underground garage and a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom units, 46 of which would be affordable. David Baker Architects are on board to design the space. However, local residents have expressed concerns over the size and location of the proposed complex, citing issues with density, parking, open space and shadows cast on Jackson Playground. Design changes to the project have been made to address neighborhood concerns. Two floors have been removed at the corner building closest to the Live Oak School playground and the setback between the complex at Live Oak has been increased from 10 to 20 feet. The number of units has been minorly reduced from 320 to 316, while the amount of outdoor space has increased slightly from 34,000 square feet to 39,000. Neighborhood concern remains high, with a group called Grow Potrero Responsibly leading the charge. The next step for the project is a scoping session to be held next week.
· 1601 Mariposa [Official Site]
· Hill Residents Unhappy With Proposed Development at MacKenzie Warehouse Site [Potrero View]