Rendering: Natoma Architects Inc.
Last week, Mission residents met for a community meeting with the property owner and architect of the future development at 2100 Mission Street, a proposed six-storey, 29-unit building to replace the dollar store.
Meetings in the Mission about new developments have a storied past of high tension due to gentrification pushback. Despite this, Tuesday went surprisingly smoothly.
Perhaps the calm attitude of the meeting can be attributed to what is currently taking up space at the project site. The business on the property, One $ Store, does not garner much love on their Yelp page at a rating of 2 and a half stars. Customers report that items are not clearly priced and usually go for more than the promised dollar limit.
“I realize it’s a dollar store and it’s not like I expect the unparallelled, high-end craftsmanship of, say, a Faberge egg, but most everything they have is of incredible low quality,” wrote N’olo J in one review.
Photo: Google Street View
Though Tim Muller, the property owner, bought it in 1984, it wasn’t until 2009 that the idea of the development began to form. At that point, he had a commitment to the current tenant, but eight years later the time is ripe. And community members are willing to listen.
“I’d like to advocate for more height,” MissionLocal reported Steven Buss, a resident who lives near 24th and Potrero, as saying. “If we’re going to fight climate change, we want people to live near transit.”
Instead of parking spots, the development will provide 29 bicycle spaces to encourage residents to use nearby public transit. A handful of three bedroom units will have around 1,000 square feet of living space, but the majority of units will range between 640 and 670 square feet — a move the developer hopes will keep prices down, and the character of the neighborhood intact.