Residential Construction in an Urban Environment

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Residential Construction in an Urban Environment

urban constructionIn most major Cities, land is lacking for new construction.. as a result, high rise buildings are needed to fulfill residential requirements.  While multi-family buildings are not new, in San Francisco, CA, large multi-family dwellings are the only option for new construction.

San Francisco, CA, the fourth largest city of the State, occupies approximately 46.2 square miles (excluding the water surrounding it on three sides) or as natives like to moniker “7 x 7”.  It is home to 800,000+ residents and within the downtown core, single family homes are few and far between.

At the corner of Market and Dolores Streets, a former Ford dealership is being transformed into a mixed use development. The completed project will house a Whole Foods Market on the ground floor and 82 studio, one and two-bedroom condo homes. Thank goodness parking for both is planned; however, with only one space designated per unit, overflow will tax the already very limited street parking.

urban construction 2The project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2013… PHA and many of my neighbors have mixed feelings about this project. We understand the need for new housing, but are not happy with the upcoming influx of traffic to the Whole Foods Market and the further reduction in street parking.

The two photos were taken last Friday – I’ll keep you updated to its progress.

Don’t forget… A Happy Move is an Organized Move!

Comments (5)

Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Usually a neighborhood is not happy about a change but I would be happier with a whole foods store and some new condo's instead of a car dealership.

Jan 07, 2013 05:18 AM
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

LOL Liz... the dealership was actually a great neighbor and they are missed.  The problem with the Whole Foods is that directly across the street from them is an existing Safeway supermarket that has been there since the 1920's.

Jan 07, 2013 06:01 AM
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

I used to live in Orlando. And one of the few times we visited San Francisco before we moved in this area, we took the guided tours. Our guide made a comment that San Francisco's land mass is about as big as Orlando's Walt Disney World. One of the riders ask, how do they paint the houses that are so close together. Without missing a beat, the guide said "they use FLAT paint". Har har!

Jan 07, 2013 11:50 AM
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

That is sooo funny, Pacita.  According to Wikipedia, San Francisco is actually closer to 263 square miles - but all of that except 49.6 sq miles is water!!

Jan 07, 2013 12:29 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I like the idea of having a Whole Foods Market, but not a car dealership.

Jan 09, 2013 06:27 PM