Proposed Mission District Housing Developments Are Taller, More Colorful

A recently proposed housing development in the Mission District is taller and considerable more colorful than anything the borough has seen thus far.

The Planning Commission recently met to learn more about and possibly decide upon a seven-story mixed-use building at 2445 16th Street. The building would have 53 upstairs living units and 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. It's colorful facade has been likened to the video game, Frogger. 

The proposed building site currently houses two businesses in a 1924 auto shop. On the corner of 16th and Bryant, it is directly across the street from Franklin Square and a short distance from the Rowan building on Potrero Avenue. The old existing structure would have to be demolished for construction of a D-Scheme Studios L-shaped building on the almost perfectly square lot.

Renderings and images by D-Scheme Studios.

The building leans toward the abstract, with its "riffled surface, seemingly arbitrary window placement, and tooty-fruity color scheme of broken vertical stripes".

Potentially the most intriguing element is the art wall which, no one at D-Scheme has officially confirmed whether or not the piece will be part of the actual building.

The structure's top six floors would be split between 27 one-bedroom units and 26 two bedrooms with nine units being affordable housing. The entire structure would be approximately 55,000 square feet. D-Scheme, located in SOMA, is developing this project on behalf of an anonymous LLC.

According to Zillow, the price of a Mission condo has almost doubled in the last five years to $1.12 million while other sources estimate the median price to be $1.14 million. 

Whether this project will move ahead as is, with modifications or at all remains to be seen.