Plans To Replace Lucky 13 With More Condos
Lucky 13, a bar full of good beers on tap, artistic murals, punk rock posters, free popcorn, and well lubricated locals is under threat in the Upper Market corridor (2140 Market Street). Plans to bulldoze the beloved bar were submitted to the SF Planning Department by the Forum Design Group LLC in the form of a ‘Preliminary Project Assessment”, and for what else? Another 5 story condominium complex with no off street parking!
Upper Market St. has been in a condo development frenzy recently. No less than 6 separate complexes have gone up or have plans to go up within a block of the Church and Market intersection. They are all high-end steel and glass boxes with 1 and 2 bedrooms hovering around the $4,000/month range. Whether nestled on top of a new Whole Foods or salivating over the space occupied by a great old bar, the developers have struck a vein, and like 49ers of yore, they’re digging up everything in site to make their fortunes.
Lucky 13 is one of the few bars in the city that you can still get a decent pint for $3 at happy hour, sit on an outdoor patio, play a game of pool, and even bring your dog in if you like. I doubt the ‘commercial space’, bellow the planned condos will have any of those charms. These Planning Department “assessments” usually take several months to process, meanwhile we will be looking into what our readers and the patrons of Lucky 13 can do stop the demolition of this historic place. Stay tuned.
Update: Crispin Mccabe saw this on the Facebook wall of Martin, the owner of Lucky 13:
Thank you very much regarding your concerns for the LUCKY 13!
The possibility of the replacement of the bar with condos has been hanging over our heads since 2002.
The building is actually a historical landmark and that makes it a little more difficult to demolish.
At this point, plans are submitted and in the very, very early stages of any kind of decision or action.
In the short term we are not going anywhere!
Again, thank you so much for all your concerns and out pouring support.
It means a lot to everybody at the Lucky 13.
Keep your fingers crossed…”