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SoMa's Mixed-Use Fad Puts Auto Shops on the Chopping Block

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Fourth and Bryant isn't the most exciting or attractive corner in SoMa, but it may soon get a lot more crowded. According to the Planning Department's Preliminary Project Assesment Letters, plans are being hatched to consolidate six different properties on Bryant and Welsh and replace the existing structures, which include a couple of auto-repair shops, with a brand-new mixed-use building. The proposal calls for more than 46,000 square feet of office space, and features a residential component that could yield up to 112 new apartments, consisting of 52 one-bedrooms and 60 two-bedrooms. In total, the new structure would rise to 11 stories, with ground-floor retail and some form of public open space. The project's architect has yet to be revealed, and details are scare on the makeup of the development team. But even at this early stage, approval seems entirely possible, since the project is consistent with the norms dictated by the Central SoMa Plan, set to be adopted late next year. If ground is broken in 2016, the building would most likely be ready for occupancy around the time that the first Central Subway trains start rolling down Fourth Street.

· Preliminary Project Assesment Letters [SF Planning]