Environmental Analysis For 500 Turk St. Project Now Available To Public

A draft environmental analysis of plans for demolishing the tire shop at Turk and Larkin streets to make way for a nearly 100 percent affordable housing development is available for public review.

The draft environmental impact report was issued by SF Planning in late November, and a public hearing on its adequacy is scheduled for January 11, 2018. 

Rendering: David Baker Architects

The project developer, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, is working its way through the environmental review process, which it hopes to complete by summer of 2018, spokesperson Sarah White told us.

Once the analysis is complete, TNDC “will work on assembling financing with the goal of starting construction in late 2019 or early 2020,” White said.

TNDC and the project’s architect, David Baker Architects, have hosted a couple of community meetings to receive feedback on the proposal and better understand the local perspective on the location and its importance to the neighborhood.

The current plans are to demolish the existing one- to two-story tire and auto services center on site and construct a new building with 108 residential units, 2,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and more than 8,800 square feet of common residential space, 5,240 of which would be outdoors. 

Ground floor and open space plan for 500 Turk St. | Image: SF Planning

All but one of the proposed residential units would be affordable. The development would include 23 studio units, 21 one‐bedroom units, 50 two‐bedroom units, and 14 three‐bedroom units.

After a meeting between the owner, architect, and contractor, it was decided to remove the bay overhanging the entrance, David Baker associate Won Young Kim told us.

The bay overhanging the entrance in this rendering may not be included in the final design | Rendering: David Baker Architects

The team is also still deciding on the palette and pattern for the brickwork, Kim said.  

There will be continuing opportunities for community engagement as the project progresses.

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Environmental analysis for 500 turk st project now available to public