years decades, the owner of a large, interior lot bounded by Hampshire, Peralta, York and Cesar Chavez streets in northeast Bernal Heights has been trying to build new housing on the property. The last round of planning to build the infill homes took place in 2014 and 2015, but now the project is active again, with an all-new proposal and a design review board meeting slated to happen tonight, Thursday, May 4 beginning at 7 pm at the Bernal Heights Library. lower level(500 Cortland)
The new plan envisions eight small homes on the site, with access via the street-facing lot at 1513 York Street. A mid-April memo from project architect Stephen Antonaros summarizes the proposal:
The new layout responds to the topography much more, requiring significantly less excavation and this savings is more than made up by the extent of new landscaping, patios, pathways and stairs needed to access the cottages which all have grade level entries and are not close to the reduced car parking. But there is substantially more opportunity for ground level gardens and open space development.
The new arrangement responds separately to each of the two street and parcel grids which come together at the center of the site, separated by a slight angle. Four cottages align with each orthogonal grid, leaving the center space open for the main entry paths and more accessible green space.
The new smaller dwellings are 2 stories and around 1300 sq ft each as are the two units fronting York Street which remain unchanged from the previous design. The steepest part of the site is used to accommodate circulation and provides for an abundant amount of bike parking tucked into the hillside and covered with ramped access from either the street via the parking garage or residential door off of York Street.
Correction: Bernalwood was initially provided with an incorrect location for tonight’s meeting. The text above has been corrected to show the proper location.
IMAGES: Top, aerial view of proposed housing site. Below,1513 York project renderings, via Stephen Antonaros.