New Building Permits Approved, Updated Design for 730 Stanyan Street in San Francisco


New building permits have been approved by the Planning Department for the construction of an eight-story affordable infill at 730 Stanyan Street in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco. The project is expected to cost just over a million dollars per unit, costing nearly $166 million. Along with the approval, the Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution supporting potential state funding for the project, and new design plans have been revealed from OMA.

The proposal is a joint development by the Chinatown Community Development Center and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. Plans for 730 Stanyan Street have increased in size from 120 units across six floors to 160 units across eight floors, all to be 100% affordable housing for very low-income to low-income units.

730 Stanyan Street public street plaza by the lobby entrance and community room, rendering by OMA

730 Stanyan Street public street plaza by the lobby entrance and community room, rendering by OMA

730 Stanyan Street from along Waller Street, rendering by OMA

730 Stanyan Street from along Waller Street, rendering by OMA

Of the 160 units, 128 units will be for affordable family housing, 30 units will be for transitional age youth residents coming out of homelessness, and two will be for on-site managers. Twenty of the family units will also be dedicated to unhoused families. Unit sizes will vary, with 35 studios, 43 one-bedrooms, 42 two-bedrooms, and 40 three-bedrooms.

The ground floor will include a rounded public plaza around the main lobby entrance and the community room. Two courtyards in the rear lot will provide further common open space for residents on the first level, with one dedicated to childcare. The rest of the ground floor will include a childcare facility, several public community facilities, and a cafe.

On the fifth floor, a public terrace will overlook the corner of Stanyan and Haight Street, looking toward Golden Gate Park. Another deck along Waller Street will create an urban agriculture terrace, giving residents the chance to work with gardening on-site. The rooftop will be capped by a green roof with native meadow grass.

730 Stanyan Street from the southwest corner of Stanyan Street, rendering by OMA

730 Stanyan Street from the southwest corner of Stanyan Street, rendering by OMA

730 Stanyan Street, axonometric views by OMA

730 Stanyan Street, axonometric views by OMA

730 Stanyan Street seen from Haight Street, rendering by OMA

730 Stanyan Street seen from Haight Street, rendering by OMA

Though new building permits were approved, they have not been issued. Demolition permits have been issued. As well, planning applications remain under review, according to the city’s planning department website, and the project remains to be approved by the Board of Supervisors. On top of that, the high budget has raised eyebrows, with unit costs surpassing one million dollars each, reflecting this period where the already-expensive Bay Area is affected by the rising costs of materials.

Y.A. Studio is the executive architect, working with design architect OMA. The new design introduces a few subtle changes, including a different color for the precast panels of the podium-level floors and a redesigned ground level to fit the city’s vernacular. The windows have changed such that, while less attractive, they now allow residents to open their windows. However, the most notable change is the shift in color of the window frames from red to yellow. Overall, the new design and additional height offer subtle distinctions that moderately improve the design, as long as you don’t mind yellow.

GLS is the landscape architect, Urban Design Consulting is the civil engineer, and Mar Structural Design is the structural engineer. Fran Hereth of Kango Development is the owner representative. Cahill and Hercules Builders are listed as joint contractors for the job.

730 Stanyan Street, site in context via SF Planning documents

730 Stanyan Street, site in context via SF Planning documents

730 Stanyan Street via Google.

730 Stanyan Street via Google Street View

Construction is expected to start by 2024, further back than initially expected, with work for 20 months and move-ins to be expected by 2026.

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