We talk a lot in San Francisco about how our 49 square miles are completely built and there’s no room for more than some infill housing here and there throughout the city. We think of building upwards (see: One Rincon, the Infinity, the Millennium, etc.) instead of sprawling outwards (see: suburbs pretty much anywhere else in the US).
So who knew that there is enough land left to not only build 34 new homes, but add a new street, too? That’s the plan being floated for a new development on the northwest side of Mount Sutro called San Francisco Overlook. The new street, the name of which I haven’t been able to determine, would be accessed via Crestmont Drive in the Forest Knolls neighborhood.
The plans call for 34 new duplex townhomes and attached single townhomes, the maximum number of parking spaces allowed by city planning code per home (1.5), at least one car-share parking space, lots of fire-safety features (important when living in a eucalyptus forest), and of course, many green building features such as radiant floor heat, skylights, and recycled cotton insulation. The parking allowance is definitely contrary to the “transit first” approach taken in South Beach and Rincon Hill, where there is less than one parking space allowed per new condo unit, but in this part of town, there are simply no public transit options.
There were rumblings a few years ago about new development in this area, with yard signs protesting it in abundance, but the issue seemed to fall off the radar. Now San Francisco Overlook is getting the word out about two community meetings, to be held at the Clarendon Elementary School auditorium, 500 Clarendon Avenue, on May 3 and May 4, from 7-9 pm.
Because this is San Francisco and we need housing (“just not near ME!” cry the NIMBYs), these meetings will no doubt provide all manner of impassioned theater. I just read about the project the first time this morning so I haven’t formed an opinion yet, but I signed up for updates from the developer and I’ll make up my mind when I have more information.