Prado Group Touts Benefits of Cor-o-Van Development
At a recent neighborhood meeting at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, members of the Cor-o-Van development team, which includes the Prado Group, Walden Development, Christiani Johnson Architects and BAR Architects, said they heard mostly positive feedback about the project's initial design. According to Dan Safier, Pardo Group president, the design reflects input from multiple Hill residents, though he noted that it’s impossible to please everyone.
Resident feelings about the project appear to be mixed. Some say the existing structures on the site are historic, and want them retained and reused. Others believe the buildings should be torn down.
“Most of the structures on that site are not that pretty,” said Arkansas Street resident Jeff Pratt, adding preserving them isn't warranted.
According to Potrero Boosters vice president Dick Millet, the industrial buildings are meant to be torn down. He thinks some residents are advocating for adaptive re-use to kill the project.
Safier said the existing buildings wall off the community. If the proposed project is built, the neighborhood will start at 16th and Mississippi streets. In prepared statements for the View, Safier discussed the benefits of his proposal, which he claimed would advance housing, transit, bike travel, walking, and “active neighborhood-serving retail uses.”
The proposed design consists of two buildings with addresses at 901 16th Street and 1200 17th Street. On 16th Street, Prado Group wants to build about 259 housing units, roughly 41 of which would be priced below market. The developer is planning about a dozen three-bedroom units at the site, roughly 220 residential parking spaces, and about 261 secure bicycle parking spaces. BAR Architects’ David Israel designed the site for about 17,500 square feet of retail space, which Safier said could be divided into five to 10 shops.
On 17th Street, Prado Group wants to build about 135 housing units, roughly 19 of which will be below market rate, and about five of which will be three-bedroom units. Christiani Johnson Architects designed the site for about 115 residential parking spaces, two to four retail shops, and roughly 191 secure bike parking spaces.
Safier said his proposal is a “holistic vision” for a complete neighborhood. The housing will be affordable for residents at a variety of income levels. The design includes street furniture, wider sidewalks, a pathway through the site aligned with the future Daggett Park, and about 12,000 square feet of publicly available but privately maintained green space, with outdoor seating and gathering spaces. And Prado Group will contribute “substantial funds” to the City in the form of community impact fees.
The design was informed by input from community organizations, including the Boosters and the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association. The team has had dozens of meetings with individual residents, business and property owners, as well as other community stakeholders, including members of Save the Hill.
Prado Group highlighted its proposal to restore the site’s historic brick building for retail use rather than as an entry to the development. And the team proposes to “retain the metal clad timber building” located at 17th and Mississippi streets for retail uses.
“We remain committed to listening and gathering community input throughout the entitlement process in order to design a project that maximizes the ideas from the community and respects the unique characteristics of Potrero Hill and the surrounding area,” said Josh Smith, of Walden Development.
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