Heller Manus Tapped to Design Castro’s Greystar Development
As we posted in December of 2012, Greystar, a huge development company based in South Carolina and the current lease owners of the transitioning, SF mega-plex, Park Merced, is building an 87 unit apartments with 36 below grade off-street parking spaces, 87 bicycle spaces and 4,745 gross square-feet of ground floor retail space along the Market Street frontage at the former Shell lot (2198 Market St.).
We can now report the project is being designed by Heller Manus Architects. Heller Manus is responsible for over 10,000 new residential units; high-density, market-rate, affordable, and luxury housing units. Current projects include the massive structure going up on the edge of the Civic Center at 10th/Market and the completed The Hayes (55 Page St). These new builds will be a stark change compared to surrounding neighborhood construction that ranges from buildings erected primarily from 1890 thru 1955.
Greystar’s new construction will be joining two other new builds on opposing corners of the Market, Sanchez and 15th Street intersections. One is currently half way through construction where Leticia’s Restaurant (2200 Market St.) once stood. The other, Forest City’s developers planned 88 apartments with 6,500 square feet of ground floor retail recently broke ground at the now empty 76 Station lot (2175 Market St).
All three of these new additions to the Castro skyline will feature similar design concepts currently dominating the City in a large number of new builds that some critics politely describe aesthetically as ‘brown box modern’.
The Greystar building is situated next to the historic Swedish American Hall and is set to rise within the next six to eight months. Supervisor Wiener has made some requests of both the developer and the project.
In a letter to District Eight constituents Wiener wrote that he’d asked developers, “design a step down on the Sanchez Street side so as to be compatible with the neighboring residences and backyards on the residential street. We have also requested on site affordable housing, rather than paying an in-lieu fee to the Mayor’s Office of Housing, or contributing to a dedicated affordable residential building elsewhere.”
The revelation that the Greystar building will be bringing some affordable housing units to the neighborhood is welcome news as many in our community struggle to find housing that matches their income level. As soon as renderings of the new build are made public we will update you.