A prominent, architecturally significant property in the heart of the Mission that has sat vacant and/or under construction for the last decade is changing hands for the third time in seven years and is slated to become a dialysis center. Back in 2014, we learned that a new owner of 2205 Mission (at 18th), with its cool curved facade, was planning to open a brewery and vegan restaurant there called Citizen Fox, but that plan fell through in May of last year and operator Deborah Blum, who co-owns several restaurants in the city, blamed the "painstakingly long and challenging development process" for the project's failure.
Now Mission Local delves extensively into the history of the building, and how its two most recent owners have failed to make a go of any business there. It has now been sold to a San Ramon-based developer, Meridian Property Company, which has plans to move a dialysis clinic into the space.
Back in 2010, Guadalupe Hernandez bought the building, which had previously been home to a 99-cent store, with plans to open an organic grocery store there. Hernandez sold it to former Facebook executive Owen Van Natta, who's been buying up property in the Mission, and also owned the restaurant up the block at 2293 Mission that was originally built out as Hapa Ramen two years ago until that restaurant swiftly shuttered amid disagreements between chef Richie Nakano and owners Van Natta and Blum. Blum went on to open Citizen Fox in the space, temporarily, ultimately closing that last spring and announcing that the bigger building at 2205 Mission was being sold.
The fact of the building's architectural significance seems to have been an issue for both recent owners. Historic Preservation staff have insisted that tiles that were put on the building's facade as part of a Streamline Moderne remodel in 1937 need to be replaced, and multiple complaints led to multiple citations by the Department of Building Inspection between 2014 and 2015, as well as building permits that weren't paid for, according to Mission Local.
New owner Mike Conn says he knows to expect "a long approval process with the City," and it's unclear whether the dialysis center is the definitive tenant. The property is currently in escrow.