A five-story complex that’s been in the works since 2014 just broke ground at the site of the former Sullivan’s Funeral Home in the Castro.
There has been a vacant lot and not much else going next to Beck’s Motor Lodge in the Castro for the last few years. But there has been plenty going on between the Planning department and developer Prado Group with regards to that particular parcel, and the years-long attempt to build an apartment complex there has hit a milestone today. Socketsite reports that a five-story apartment complex project broke ground there today, and we’ve got a few renderings of what’s going up at the former site of Sullivan’s Funeral Home and it’s adjacent, usually-fenced-off parking lot.
If you want to get to know this project in fancy real estate developerspeak, check out the 2240 Market SF website. The developers describe the area as “a quaint, walkable and eclectic part of town nestled away amongst tree-lined Victorian dotted streets, local shops with vibrant nightlife options in the Mission and Castro right around the corner.” Some Socketsite commenters have scoffed at the notion that this location is “right around the corner” from the Mission, though it is about five blocks from Mission Dolores church.
While the above rendering gives you a sense of the now-approved front facade, these aerial, overhard images from the developer and from Socketsite do a better job of depicting the massive size of this development. The project is billed as “2240 Market,” it actually covers several parcels on both Castro and 15th Streets.
Per Socketsite, the whole shebang will eventually consist of “44 new residential units – a mix of 11 studios, 9 one-bedrooms, 20 two-bedrooms, 3 three-bedrooms, and one four, with five of the units to be offered at below market rates – over 5,200 square feet of new ground floor retail space and a basement garage for 24 cars with its entrance off 15th Street.”
There is certainly historical significance to the site, as Sullivan’s Funeral Home is an unofficial landmark from the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. It was one of the only funeral homes in town that would handle the bodies of deceased HIV victims when confusion still reigned over how this virus was transmitted (then-owner Jim Sullivan lost his own brother to AIDS) and its location made it an obvious draw for many memorial services. More recent San Francisco arrivals might recall Sullivan’s Funeral Home more for that one time in 2014 when a frozen yogurt truck rammed into the place and burst into flames.