We’ve known for a couple months that the carwash at 10th and Harrison Streets had been sold. Today SocketSite reports that the plan is to build four floors of market rate SRO housing above ground floor commercial space.
Unlike the hotels along Sixth Street, this is not subsidized housing. “SRO” has a unique meaning in the Planning Code for the South of Market mixed-use districts. They created new rules in the wake of re-building from the 1989 earthquake for small “affordable-by-design” studio-sized apartments that requires cooking and bath facilities in each unit. The Western SoMa Plan limits the minimum size of the units to 275 square feet.
This site falls within the newly created Regional Commercial District (RCD) along Ninth and Tenth Streets, which is similar to neighborhood commercial districts elsewhere in that zoning is done on a floor-by-floor basis, but there is less emphasis on housing. Auto body shops and furniture outlets tend to define the neighborhood character.
From a developer’s point of view, these small units tend to yield the highest price per square foot of any type of housing.