The Wash Club and the parking lot next to it at 2918-2924 Mission Street might be razed and replaced with a six-story apartment building with ground-floor commercial space, according to a preliminary assessment letter by the San Francisco Planning Department.
The proposal submitted by Lawrence Badiner of Badiner Urban Planning envisions 18 two-bedroom units, 18 one-bedroom units and two studios. The second and third floors would have private terraces and the fifth floor would have a common open space terrace. Some of the units would also have private balconies.
Badiner said that the application and the assessment were all part of the owners’ decision-making process. “The owners are considering their next steps and there is no timeline for a decision to be made,” he wrote in an email. “They may hold the property as is, sell it or develop it themselves. This analysis is part of that decision-making process.”
The property on the west side of Mission Street between 25th and 26th streets sold in 2005 for $750,000 and again in 2006 for $1 million, according to public records. The application estimates the cost of construction at $15 million.
Dagoberto Segobia, who works at the store adjacent to the laundromat, knew nothing about plans for a new building but shook his head at the idea, saying it would be way too high and wouldn’t fit in on the block.
Aaron Doleson, who owns the Fizzary Soda Shop across the street and is a 15-year Mission resident, said he had not heard about the proposal. “A six-story building, unless it’s meant for low income people, is just adding to the gentrification of the street. Adding housing is probably a good thing but I’m really curious about the intentions,” he said. “It’s a quandary. There’s not enough housing and you want to take care of that. But you don’t want to push people out.”
Doleson also thinks that developers should be required to keep to a certain style in the architecture of their new buildings. “If it’s another ugly cubist-style condo, those things are god-awful…they just look like they’re meant for wealthy people, not for low-income people.”
Ingrid Zimmerman, the clinic manager at the Instituto Familiar de la Raza, a social service agency directly across the street, stressed that she did not speak for the institute. However, as a Mission employee, she was dismayed at the idea of a new residential building for a variety of reasons. Her biggest concern is that the addition of trendy, expensive condos would worsen displacement of the community. “People come here because they feel they have a place where they belong, where their culture and community is reflected, and that will change,” she said.
Parking in the area is already terrible, Zimmerman added, and a new residential building would only add to the problem. “I could go on a trip to Europe with what I pay for parking tickets,” she said.
Badiner said no decision has been made on whether the units would be for rent or for sale or on how the owner would handle the affordable housing requirement.
If on-site, 12 percent of the units or five affordable housing units would be required. If off-site, 20 percent would have to be affordable housing.
The plan also includes 16 off-street parking spaces, “with some in stackers on the ground floor.” The entry to the garage would be from Osage Alley at the rear of the site.