TJ Development has grand plans to raze four buildings between 1601 and 1633 Ocean Avenue and replace them with a mixed-use structure containing 36 condo units over roughly 11,000 square feet of retail. The proposed new building could meet serious resistance from the neighborhood, specifically because it would displace multiple long-standing businesses, including a nail salon, a hair salon, an evangelical church, a dollar store, and a T-shirt shop. As the Chronicle notes, the developer purchased the properties it seeks to demolish back in November for $6.7 million, and has since offered short-term leases to some of the businesses. No official project timeline has come to light, but if approved, the new building could squeeze out those longtime tenants.
The proposed development solidifies the sea change that has occurred on the once-dangerous commercial strip. As you recall, Ocean Avenue itself is slated for some much-needed cosmetic upgrades, including bulbouts, new landscaping, sidewalk seating, and bike racks, as well as improvements to pedestrian safety.