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New Divisadero Condos May Be Trouble for the Independent

Last October, developers filed plans to replace Alouis Radiators with a small, nine-unit condo building. The Preliminary Project Assessment called for the old auto repair warehouse to be partially demolished and a five-story building with three commercial spaces, including room for two restaurants, to rise in its place. Planning responded that more units should be added, and now the building is set to have 16 relatively large condos, including 12 that have two bedrooms or more. Architect Forum Design is attached to the project. Developers held a meeting this week at Mojo Bicycle Cafe, and concerns about the new development flew. The biggest issues were voiced by the Independent, which abuts the condo site. In fact, bedrooms and patios will back right up to the venerable music venue, opening it up to noise complaints from new neighbors. Despite the worries, plans are moving forward, with the developers aiming to start construction as early as the end of the year.

· 650 Divisadero Preliminary Project Assessment [SF Planning, PDF]
· Alouis Auto Radiator to Become Condos, Retail Space [Hoodline]