Missionites have known that the building, which now plays house for Sugoi Sushi (and before that, Spork/Rice Broker) has been on the chopping block for quite some time now. Tomorrow Stephen Antonaros' mixed use, five-story design, pushing to inhabit the space, will go before the Planning Commission for a Discretionary Review hearing. The neighbors have voiced their concerns about potential damage to residential character and sheer bulk, so the owners have commissioned a preliminary redesign with more bay windows, and a smaller footprint (see above). The nearby Marsh Theater has also had major gripes about potentially increased noise levels on the block, so sponsors have scrapped initial plans for a roof deck as well.
The new project includes twelve residential units, one freight loading parking spot, 24 bicycle parking spaces, and a ground floor restaurant. Given the plan, it's not surprising that the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the San Francisco Housing Coalition are two of its bigger supporters. The owners have been good about reaching out to the neighbors over the past year or so, and every indication points to approval on behalf of the Planning Commission. Still, due to further steps in the process and more red tape, the actual wrecking balls probably won't swing for at least one year, maybe two.
What does this mean for Sugoi Sushi, which literally just opened last week in the space? Owners Roy Louie and Cyrus Shen are hoping to use this location as a way to get their name out there for a year or two, and then they'll seek out a new address in the neighborhood. Eater's sister site Curbed SF has more architectural renderings of the proposed plan.
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