New site outlines major Castro development projects

Map of Major Castro Development Projects

Map of Major Castro Development Projects

Merchants of Upper Market and Castro (MUMC) member Emery Bushong of Herth Real Estate has compiled an informative list of 10 major new development projects now underway in the Castro.  Most include new ground floor retail-commercial space (totaling over 60,000 s.f.), as well as hundreds of new residential units — both condos and rentals. The website includes renderings of what the new locations will look like once completed. It’s a valuable resource for anyone interested in the Castro’s future.

via MUMC

Roy McKenzie

Roy has been a Castro resident since 2010 and is passionate about drag queens, bicycling, and food. Follow his babbling on Twitter.

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10 Responses

  1. marcos says:

    Clearly, given the dearth of active projects on the east side of San Francisco, the approvals process for new projects is so onerous that we must further restrict public participation as suggested by Supervisor Scott Wiener.

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  2. The source of Scott Wiener’s campaign funding, the developers, must be ecstatic. Now, how to fill all of those retail spaces??

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    • Sanchez Resident says:

      Don’t forget the restrictions on formula retail. These new retail spaces may sit empty for many years if EVNA and DTNA have their way.

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      • Waiyde says:

        I do like your dog on a bone ideology of who’s the primary cause of the ongoing store front rental issue.

        I’d like to point out that Noe Valley has similar neighborhood restrictions on formula retail, yet, has not one empty store front. Their rental prices, while near Castro’s is not as inflated, and the area is as popular a destination and shopping corridor as ours.

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        • It must have been the nudists. Perhaps now, they will all be filled.

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        • Sanchez resident says:

          I appreciate your kind words regarding my tenacity. I would be interested to hear your ideas as to why Upper Market is experiencing the vacant retail space problem.

          I have a couple of ideas.

          1. Property owners have the financial resources to let their spaces sit empty. They can hold out for the formula retail rents.

          2. The retail dynamics of Market Street are different than 24th Street (Noe Valley). More formula retailers want to get space on Market as opposed to 24th Street given the thoroughfare aspects that Market Street provides. It is a major artery for private car traffic and Muni Metro.

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          • Waiyde says:

            Your two ideas may be applicable to Market St. vacancies, but, doesn’t address the 12 empty properties in the heart of the Castro Village which does match up with Noe Valley dynamics perfectly.

            Perhaps you’re right on all the rest and greed plays little into the equation. Time will tell.

            Till then we’ll just do our best to keep the community abreast of the situation.

            Thanks for your continued interest in the blog.

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          • Sanchez resident says:

            I had really thought about the empty retail spaces on Castro since this article is a list of new projects on Market Street. Well, except for one on Dolores. I had my focus on Market Street given the scope of the article.

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        • Patrick says:

          Wrong. The Real Food Company storefront across from Whole Foods has been vacant for years.

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