Bigger Plans for Ocean Avenue Development Closer to Reality

by SocketSite

As we outlined two years ago, nearly to the day:

The designs for a 125-unit development to rise up to five stories in height upon the former Crayon Box/Little Bear preschool site at 65 Ocean Avenue, between Cayuga Avenue and Alemany Boulevard, have been newly rendered by rg-architecture and the formal application to move forward with the development has been submitted to Planning. In addition to the 125 residential units, which are primarily a mix of (59) studios and (50) two-bedrooms, the refined plans for the Balboa Park development, which is designed to wrap around the existing Midas shop on the corner of Ocean and Alemany, include 7,750 square feet of commercial space fronting Ocean Avenue, an underground garage for 132 cars and 134 bikes with its entrance on Cayuga and a 10,000-square-foot interior courtyard for residents. And as we first reported [back in 2016], the development team still isn’t planning to invoke the State Density Bonus Law to build above the 45-foot height limit for which the 65 Ocean Avenue parcel is effectively zoned but 20 percent of the units are expected to be offered at below market rates.

The proposed development, however, has since been redesigned. And while the project team still isn’t planning to invoke California’s Density Bonus Law, it is now seeking to leverage San Francisco’s HOME-SF program to build up to 55 feet in height upon the site and effectively triple the zoned density limits for the parcel as newly rendered below.

As such, the bigger plans for the development would now yield 193 residential units, 48 of which would be offered at below market rates (BMR), with a basement garage for 121 cars and 149 bikes, and a 5,900-square-foot child care facility on the building’s ground floor.

And if approved next week, as is being recommended by San Francisco’s Planning Department staff, the project team is aiming to break ground in the third quarter of 2020 and targeting a lease-up date in the fourth quarter of 2022.