The notes of change surrounding Van Ness Avenue continue to grow louder. The latest addition is an application from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to build an 11-story tower at 200 Van Ness Avenue, a building that the conservatory purchased back in April along with neighboring Lighthouse for the Blind. 200 Van Ness is currently a 27-unit, rent-controlled building, and its residents will be relocated while the new building is constructed and then given the opportunity to move into the tower alongside students and faculty of the conservatory, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The tower will bring music to Van Ness with a street-level cafe featuring live performances and performance and rehearsal spaces visible to passersby.
The tower is meant to help the conservatory consolidate living space for students with its 140 units that could hold 300 students and faculty. Currently, the school leases micro-apartments on the top five floors of the newly-opened Panoramic, along with other spaces throughout the city. Mark Cavagnero, the architect behind the SFJazz Center, is on board to design, and construction is expected to kick off in the next three years.
· Previous Coverage of Van Ness Avenue [Curbed SF]
· Musical Chairs [Curbed SF]
· SF Conservatory of Music Looks to Build Tower on Van Ness [SF Chronicle]
· The Micro-Units at the Panoramic Will Make a Very Nice Dorm [Curbed SF]