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Van Ness Boom Carries On with Plans for Units on Motel Site

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As we've mentioned recently, Van Ness Avenue is currently undergoing a transformation from drive-through wasteland to development hotspot. Part of the reason for the area's newfound status is the construction of the $2 billion California Pacific Medical Center, and now plans have been submitted for a new 13-story residential building right next to the future hospital at Van Ness and Geary. Motel Opal, a motel that currently sits on the site, would be torn down and replaced with 120 new units, all of which would be studios or one-bedrooms. None would have parking.

The developer behind the proposed project is Wolff Urban Development, which is led by Keith Wolff, the son of Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff. Michael Stanton of Stanton Architecture, which is on board to design, told the San Francisco Business Times that the apartments could be used by future CPMC workers looking for housing close to the hospital. It appears that the main challenge for the project is the potential historic status of Motel Opal, which was built in 1958. Its next-door neighbor the Opal Hotel would remain. If the developers can overcome the historic resource hurdle, they hope to begin construction next year.

· Van Ness Revival Continues With Plans for Ex-Circuit City Site [Curbed SF]
· 1055 Geary Street Preliminary Project Assessment (PDF) [SF Planning]
· Oakland A's heir to build 120-unit apartment next to future CPMC hospital [SF Business Times]