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Historic San Francisco bar ruined in 2016 fire could become new homes

The former 3300 Club was located at 3300 Mission St. in San Francisco. | Source: Google Streetview

New details have emerged on plans to transform a burned-down San Francisco bar into housing, filings show.

A project application says the 3300 Mission St. building, formerly home to the 3300 Club bar that was badly damaged in a 2016 blaze, could be converted into a 21,800-square-foot, six-story building with 35 affordable studios, a residential common area and commercial or retail space on the ground floor.

Each studio would come with a private bathroom and kitchen, according to a press release from the building’s new owner, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. 

The units would be listed for rent for between 30% and 80% of the area median income, with the average rent being affordable to those earning roughly 60% of the area median income, or $60,500 per year for a one-person San Francisco household, according to the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. Construction would likely begin in February 2025, with plans to move tenants in by 2027.

The historic three-story facade of the building along Mission and 29th streets would be preserved, but the rest of the building is unsalvageable and will be demolished, the application says. The building was constructed in 1900, according to public records.

District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen said the project was a “long time coming” and she was excited it’s moving forward.

“It’s the best-case scenario,” Ronen said. “It’s going to be 100% affordable, and they’re going to maintain the facade. It’s a beautiful building.”

The building was sold by Oak Impact Group to Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center on June 5 for $3.85 million, according to PropertyShark. 

Ronen said that Oak Impact Group was unable to secure the financing needed to build housing at the site, which motivated the company to sell the building.

The project is a joint venture between Bernal Heights Housing Corporation, an affiliate of the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center; Mitchelville Real Estate Group; and Tabernacle Community Development Corporation, according to the press release.

The project is a part of the Dream Keeper Initiative through the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, a city program introduced in 2021 that invests $60 million annually in workforce development, arts and culture and homeownership for impoverished San Franciscans, as well as guidance for BIPOC-owned housing developers.

The 3300 Club, which opened in the ’50s, was ravaged by a 2016 fire that also severely damaged the 28-room residential Graywood Hotel, which operated on the two floors above the bar. The fire-ravaged building was put up for sale for $3.15 million by its owner in 2019.

The city will contact the former Graywood Hotel tenants displaced by the fire to determine if they are eligible to apply for units at 3300 Mission St. or other affordable homes, according to housing office spokesperson Anne Stanley.

Stanley said the project is in the preliminary stages of planning and it would be “a few years” before people could apply to live at 3300 Mission St. 

The city announced in June it would finance the acquisition of 3300 Mission St. along with four other properties with the intent to build more than 550 affordable homes for low-income seniors, families and formerly homeless people. Buying properties, in addition to building new housing from scratch, has become a way to meet the state-mandated goal of creating 82,000 new homes over the next eight years.

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