Sick of the never-ending nightmare that is street parking, one Sunnyside homeowner decided the solution was to build a driveway on his recently acquired property located at the corner of Joost Avenue and Gennessee Street. However, after discovering it would be difficult to get the necessary city-approved permits for the construction, the property owner pulled a big YOLO and went for it anyway — permits be damned.
SocketSite picked up the story, apparently tipped off by a neighbor, and according to the Planning Department, the lot in question has a greater-than-20-percent slope. As such, the construction project could have required an Environmental Evaluation Application to be filed under the California Environmental Quality Act before any work could be done.
The Planning Department notes that on September 17, upon hearing that it would be challenging to get the necessary permits for the work, the property owner sought "clarity as to best possible path to take going forward."
Socketsite suggests the owner found said clarity by "simply [engaging] a Marin-based landscaping company to start excavating the home’s yard and reroute it’s sewer line in order to create a coveted, and completely illegal, off-street parking space."
Finding on-street parking in San Francisco is a pain. The fact that we have more miles of publicly available street parking than the California coast is long doesn't seem to provide any comfort when driving in circles for hours on end trying to find a spot to leave that clunking piece of metal and plastic.
This Sunnyside homeowner obviously feels that pain. Unfortunately for him, his plan to alleviate it required moving a sewer line and the loss of one on-street parking spot (where the curb cut for his new driveway would go).
And so what happens next? Apparently shortly after the SocketSite story was published, a building inspector came by and shut the entire thing down with a Notice of Violation. SocketSite reports that the owner now has 15 days to secure the proper permits, or he may have to restore the land.
The last building permit issued for the property was for a reroofing project in June of 1996.