Current project plans are the direct result of myriad conversations with neighborhood and community organizations, close neighbors, and city planning, to ensure that the final project proposal reflects the community’s visions and incorporates feedback. These early meetings have helped shape the site’s overall layout, including moving the building’s lobby entrance to the more residential Oak Street frontage – allowing for an engaging Divisadero frontage with full-span retail and a public open plaza.

WDG Architects initiated the design process with an analysis of recent projects similar in type and scale to the proposed project. This analysis revealed a thoughtful and contextually appropriate facade that is relevant to the neighborhood, with the Divisadero frontage referencing a commercial corridor typology and Oak Street reflecting the character of the urban townhouse architecture. Based on early community response to the analysis, particular attention is being paid to the bays and fenestration patterning to break up the façade and create interest.

The team anticipates hosting future design charrettes for interested neighbors and expects community discussions will be ongoing throughout the evolution of the project.