Infill housing on Octavia Blvd.

Coming soon to an old onramp near you: 239 new units of housing.

From an article in today’s Chronicle, we learn the latest plans for the Octavia Blvd. area: There are four chunks of open land around Octavia Blvd. that are the subject of a competition sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. The one-acre site at Octavia and Oak, which used to be an onramp to the Central Freeway, would have a landscaped mews in the center and 12 buildings around the perimeter, five stories tall and containing 239 new housing units.

There’s also a pie-shaped piece of land at Octavia and Market, which would see “a six-story-high translucent form that extends the entire block — each unit cloaked in tinted glass fins that serve as sunscreens, pivoting open or shut. Multistory notches in the building would slice apart the cube and create wide courtyards visible from the street.”

And if you’re like me, you’ve wondered what was going to happen with those skinny pieces of land on Octavia between Fell and Oak. Here’s the plan: “The two trickiest sites are 16-foot-wide slivers on the east side of Octavia between Fell and Oak streets. They were awarded to a team that includes Envelope A+D — the architecture firm that won the design competition for Octavia Boulevard sponsored in 2005 by the San Francisco Prize. The look? Imagine a scaffold wrapped in clear glass.”

The whole article is here.

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