'CorePower Yoga' Seeks Approval For Church & Duboce Studio

'CorePower Yoga' Seeks Approval For Church & Duboce Studio
Rendering of CorePower Yoga at 100 Church St. | Image: MBH Architects
By Steven Bracco - Published on March 16, 2018.

A yoga chain that announced plans last year to take over a space at the corner of Church and Duboce streets will go before the Planning Commission next month to finalize the move.

CorePower Yoga is seeking a conditional use permit that would let the company open a Formula Retail Gym inside a former store, last occupied by Out of The Closet and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The building is owned by Maitri, an AIDS-specific residential care facility.

With more than 170 studios nationwide, CorePower Yoga runs studios in Mission Bay, Marina, Rincon Hill and recently announced plans to open another studio on Divisadero.

But under the city's formula retail rules, companies with 11 or more locations must obtain a conditional use permit before they can set up shop.

100 Church St. today. | Photo: Steven Bracco/Hoodline

Last year, the site was briefly considered for a homeless respite center by District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and the Castro Merchants. In July, a medical cannabis dispensary looked into opening up in the space.

In early 2016, Sharper Future, a sex offender rehab clinic, announced plans to move in to the space, but quickly abandoned the idea after receiving negative feedback from the community.

Blueprints for proposed CorePower Yoga. | Image: MBH Architects

CorePower Yoga plans to add two yoga studios to the 4,730-square-foot space along with locker rooms, a lobby and reception area, retail space, and an office.

Designed by Alameda-based MBH Architects, the renovations are estimated to costs $520,000. If Planning approves, the new studio would open this fall.

CorePower's Molly Early confirmed the fall opening and said if approved, "we expect to start building out the space mid-summer."

According to CorePower Yoga, its classes "focus on high energy hot yoga with lots of constant movement designed to build muscle and make you sweat."

Precita Eyes Mural at 100 Church St. | Photo: Steven Bracco/Hoodline

A Precita Eyes mural is currently on the Church Street side of the building. According to documents filed with Planning, CorePower Yoga has contacted Susan Cervantes, the original artist, and are "planning to discuss the mural and ways CorePower can assist Precita Eyes with maintenance and upkeep of the mural."

With endorsements from Castro Merchants and Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association, and a letter of support from the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association, the company expects to receive a green light from SF Planning.