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SOMA the site of new 9-story mixed-use project

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The current Ed’s Autohaus building at 768 Harrison Street in SOMA is slated to be replaced by a nine-story mixed-use building, Curbed SF reports. The Ian Birchall and Associates-designed project would be set next to the Cubix microcondo development, encompassing 26 residential units, 5,000 square feet of office space and an unspecified amount of retail space. In addition, it would also boast a roof deck and a courtyard with a green wall. Located near downtown and the new Fourth Street MUNI line, the project would not include room for parking. According to the San Francisco Planning Department: “The project site consists of a 40,741 square foot lot (Assessor’s Block 3751, Lot 033 and Lot 62) bound by

4th Street to the west, Lapu-Lapu Street to the east, Harrison Street to the south, and Rizal Street to the north. Currently the lot contains a two story building.” That building, according to the planning department, would be destroyed and the new building constructed in its place.

So what is required when it comes to Planning Department approvals? They require the following:

· A Large Project Authorization from the planning commission in order to allow construction of a new building in excess of 75 feet in height or greater than 25,000 square feet

· A Building Permit Application for the demolition of the existing building

· A Building Permit Application for the proposed new construction on the site.

The project, according to the planning department, falls within the ongoing Central SOMA plan, formerly known as the Central Corridor Plan. The plan area is generally bounded by 2nd Street, 6th Street, Townsend Street and Market Street. It is subject to an evaluated in an Environmental Impact report, which may propose changes to the allowed land use and building height.

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