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New condos planned adjacent to Old Ship Saloon

A new condo building is in the works for the Barbary Coast, and the developer, Grosvenor, has begun outreach to neighbors and neighborhood groups to give input on making it a good fit. Here are the basics in a nutshell: Where is it?: The site includes the surface parking lots in between the Old Ship Saloon at 298 Pacific Ave., the residential-commercial 733 Front Street building, and the current site of the Globe restaurant - the latter of which will be torn down if the project proceeds. The parking entrance will be on Pacific Avenue, and the lobby will face Battery Street. The building basically wraps around the Old Ship Saloon, which will remain in place. What is it?: Grosvenor is planning for around 33 market-rate condos, with a combination of studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, with the majority being one- and two-bedroom units. The building is expected to have setbacks from neighboring buildings and roof lines varying in height, with green space on the roofs. It … Read Full Article

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