15th and Mission Streets.

After standing for more than 105 years, a massive 51,000-square-foot building at the corner of 15th and Mission streets has been demolished.

There are plans to construct a six-story, 202-unit, apartment complex on the site at 1886 Mission Street, with 155 parking spaces and 7,500 square feet of retail space, according to a letter of intent filed by the developer.

Plans for housing at the site have come and gone. The current owner, Avant Housing, filed an extension to its previous conditional-use permit, issued in 2005, so it could, among other things, finance the project.

Interesting history about the building: It was built in 1906, right after the earthquake and fire destroyed several smaller buildings on the site. It was constructed for the Louis Roesch printing company, which owned the building from 1906 to 2010, according to property records.

The building has been vacant since 2008, and neighbors described it as a magnet for crime.

It is unclear if the demolition means that the project is moving forward, as the conditional use permit extension to construct the building is good until October 9, 2011.

Check back for updates.

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Rigoberto Hernandez

Rigoberto Hernandez is a journalism student at San Francisco State University. He has interned at The Oregonian and The Orange County Register, but prefers to report on the Mission District. In his spare time he can be found riding his bike around the city, going to Giants games and admiring the Stable building.

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