Update, October 1, 2012: Please visit 2299 Market St. – Icon SF condos for a construction update.
It’s been a big hole in the ground for a very, very, very long time. 2299 Market St. was once home to the Trinity Methodist Church, but it was destroyed by fire in 1981. More than 30 years later, the replacement building is finally arriving. Construction has begun on the development that will include 18 residential homes (all market rate, BMRs to be built off site) over roughly 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail. According to the planning department’s July 2010 discretionary review analysis, the mix of home sizes will consist of eight (8) one-bedroom homes, nine (9) two-bedroom homes, and one (1) three-bedroom home.
At one point, the renderings done by the project architect, ib+a architecture, had an Apple logo on the ground floor retail space, setting the intertubes abuzz with gossip of a possible Apple Store at the location. The fruity giant to the south never confirmed nor denied such speculation, but more recent renderings have removed all such hints… The folks at ib+a have done plenty of other projects in San Francisco, with 555 4th St. (The Palms) being one of the larger projects that comes to mind, but their 1600 Webster project is much closer in size to this development.
As you can see from the above photos, a large hole in the ground (once the seasonal home of Delancey’s Christmas Tree sales) will be replaced with a five story building, with basement parking for 18 spots (achieved in part with a mechanical auto stacker, according to the architect’s website). The garage entrance will be on 16th street, next to Starbelly.
No word on when these will be completed, but if you feel like it you can track the progress of the building permits for 2299 Market St. online (the project has been in planning for years, the permits were finally issued in September of 2011).
The project developer is Angus McCarthy, who has to be happy that after years of negotiations with neighbors and neighborhood groups the shovels have finally hit the dirt at 2299 Market St.