Well, color us surprised: a ho-hum design for new housing on Potrero has molted into something a whole lot more interesting. The proposed project at 346 Potrero will demo a car wash to make room for a nine-story mixed-use building designed by Handel Architects. The development includes 70 condos (38 one-bedrooms, 30 two-bedrooms, and 2 three-bedrooms), 1,600 square feet of ground-floor retail, 43 parking spots, and more than 5,000 square feet of open space at the back and on a roof terrace. The design looks nothing like the prior version, which featured those ubiquitous block-shaped bays in alternating colors. We're fans of Handel's revamped facade—the concrete crossbeams and zigzagging exposed structure that wrap the building do double duty as balconies for each condo. With 11 below-market-rate units in the mix, the project has support from neighborhood groups and the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition. Planning staff recommend approval, too.
· Large Project Authorization — 346 Potrero [SF Planning]
· Previous coverage of 346 Potrero [Curbed SF]
· Previous coverage of Handel Architects [Curbed SF]