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The buildings would replace . . . thin vacant lots with a procession of five-story buildings with residential units above shops. They'll also fill the most conspicuous remaining void along a boulevard that replaced an elevated freeway torn down with fanfare in 2003.

(Seen here, top to bottom, are Parcels R, S,and T)


Though small in relation to the towers rising south of Market Street, the projects capture the cultural dynamics of an area that few San Franciscans a generation ago could have picked out on a map. They'll also generate $5 million for public improvements to the congested area, a favorite of planners but often a headache for drivers heading to and from the city's western neighborhoods.

Another difference from the high-rise action elsewhere: Each development team is based in the neighborhood.

"We're neighbors, essentially. It's our backyard," said Michael Yarne of Build Inc., which was selected this week to develop two parcels between Page and Oak streets.

Build Inc.'s plans call for 24-foot-wide buildings with miniature retail spaces along the street and a combined 60 apartments above. Not all would be traditional units: One structure is billed as "group housing," 34 "private suites" with snug kitchens and bathrooms. All residents would have access to top-floor common spaces, a large kitchen on the south and an oversize living room on the north.

"It's a contemporary architectural analogue to the big old Victorian where lots of people reside," said Mark Macy, the architect for the two buildings. "Each private space is independent, but there are shared amenities."

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/place...ptures-area-s-5568742.php?cmpid=hp-hc-bayarea

The narrow parcels are presently being used as a community garden:


http://sf.curbed.com/tags/build-inc
 

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More renderings:

Dubbed “The Karl,” the proposed building to rise on Parcel R between Oak and Lily would consist of 34 self-contained “CoLiving” suites averaging 174 square feet apiece, 273 square feet for the 6 handicap accessible units, over four individual micro retail spaces along the street.

The design for the building includes additional shared living, dining and kitchen areas on the top floor. Classified as “Group Housing,” the development would not be subject to Below Market Rate (BMR) regulations.

Dubbed “The Neapolitan,” the proposed building to rise on the former Central Freeway Parcel S between Lily and Page would consist of 22 traditional apartments: ten two-bedrooms averaging around 600 square feet and twelve 271-square foot studios.

Designed by Macy Architecture, the Neapolitan building’s mass is broken down into four 24-foot wide segments, creating four “Mini-Buildings,” each finished in different materials and styles with four micro-retail spaces at their base.

As conceived, the existing community gardens on Parcel R & S would be relocated to the roofs of the two new buildings. And in terms of timing, they’re shooting for occupancy by the end of 2017.



(The Karl)


(The Neapolitan)


http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2014/06/micro-units-retail-headed-hayes-valley.html

^^Anybody see a GoPro on the rendered happy hipsters? They'll sell a million of 'em in this hood.
 

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^^Well, the renderer got just about everything else: Bikes, skates, backpacks, spandex, skinny jeans, cargo shorts with flip-flops. Don't see any red Chuck Taylors, though. Mainstream architect brings you Hayes Valley!

There really are some decent restaurants there and I have a friend who likes to go there for lunch (it's a short walk from my place). But I feel so uncool.
 

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$8 ice cream and life in a "coliving suite". :nuts:

PS: Rode up in the elevator in my own building today with a couple of guys yammering about the problems of having your dog at work. It seems there's a permit for that . . . . In SF, why am I not surprised?

I really miss "Silicon Valley" on HBO. On CNBC the other day they actually asked the GoPro founder if he had gotten an offer from"Hooli" and turned it down. If so and it came while he was living in his VW van, that must have been tough (VW vans are even smaller than "coliving suites").
 

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While almost four times the size of the 34 “CoLiving” units proposed to rise on the parcel next door, the ten two-bedroom apartments proposed for former Central Freeway Parcel S average a little under 600 square feet each, including eight “Murphy Units.”

The Murphy Floor Plan


From the winning proposal for the Hayes Valley development:

This will allow more people to live smart – and live well – at less cost. As an example, our “Murphy 2-Bedroom” – at approximately 600 SF – will provide all the functionality of a conventional 2-Bedroom which is typically around 850 SF in size. We anticipate that the Murphy 2-Bedroom will rent for around $3500 compared to the average $4191 monthly rent for conventional 2-Bedroom units in competing nearby developments.

This is accomplished through super-efficient and precise spatial planning supported by the deployment of an assortment of articulating furniture elements (table-beds, desk-beds, adaptable storage elements, etc.) that are “built-in” to the unit. This allows one to quickly and easily transform a space for one use to another e.g., dining room to home-office, home-office to bedroom, bedroom to playroom, etc.

Overall, this approach enables one to live in a more resource-efficient manner and with a lighter imprint upon the environment and less stress on one’s finances. It eliminates the need (and expense) for inhabitants to purchase a number of bulky furniture items such as beds, tables, wardrobes, dressers, shelving, etc. and to move them about from one place to the next – especially the cheap “disposable” variety that prematurely wears out and too often ends up at “the curb” and/or the landfill.


In addition to the Murphy Units, the proposed Parcel S development also includes two mini-two bedrooms measuring 566 square feet, twelve 273-square-foot studios, and four mini retail spaces on the ground floor.

Keep in mind that the original Murphy Wall Bed Company started in San Francisco . . . .
http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2014/07/plans-living-smart-600-square-foot-two-bedroom.html
 
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