The empty City-owned lot in SF’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood is going through a huge transformation this year. A new 8-story, 160-unit mixed-use building will bring affordable housing and other important services to the neighborhood.
The developers are currently seeking a master tenant for a mini food hall that would front Haight Street but wrap around to face Stanyan and Golden Gate Park
According to a request for proposal:
The 730 Stanyan teamenvisionsafour (4)-kioskmini foodhall to fulfill the Project’s mission inproviding a vibrant community-servingspace that will offer public benefits in economic and workforce development opportunities, while providing delicious and approachable food optionstothe surrounding communities
Renderings of the project, furnished by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, show the modern, sun-soaked complex dwarfing everything else in sight. Rental units will be affordable to low- and moderate-income households with 50 set aside for permanent supportive housing.
In addition to housing, the building will feature ground-floor space for a childcare center, a proposed senior care center, a transitional aged youth drop-in center, a tech training space, and the aforementioned food hall.
Local residents will remember this as the former site of a notoriously shady McDonald’s restaurant. SF purchased the site from McDonald’s in 2017 for a reported $15.5 million, according to Curbed. This particular McDonald’s location was notorious for drug dealing and was what Mayor Breed called a “blighted nuisance property.”
McDonald’s was finally demolished in February 2020. The unused concrete lot was utilized as a “Safe Sleeping Village” for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Though COVID-19 slowed progress on developing the site, the City is hoping to break ground on the site as soon as this summer, according to the Chronicle. You can learn more about the project and community meeting notes at their website.