Report: Elbo Room Could Be Torn Down to Make Way for Housing [UPDATED]

Categories: Clubs, Uh Oh

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Update: The property owners submitted a preliminary document to the city last year that outlines plans for the building that would replace the Elbo Room. They have not submitted a formal plans, so the city doesn't yet consider this an official project. (Here is the city's assessment of the initial proposal.) At this point, it's not clear whether the owners will begin the process to replace the Elbo Room -- we're trying to reach them to find out. Even if they do, nothing is happening to the club soon:

Original post: Real estate blog SocketSite is reporting that the owners of the building housing the Elbo Room -- the popular bar and nightclub at 647 Valencia that's home to, among other events, the long-running Dub Mission party -- have submitted are developing plans to tear down the existing building and replace it with a five-story, mixed-use residential structure.

From the post:

Early plans for the development include nine residential units, three one-bedrooms and six two-bedrooms, ranging in size from 500 to 1,000 square feet over a 770 square-foot commercial space and parking for six cars on the ground floor.

It doesn't say whether that "commercial space" could be a bar or live music venue, and 770 square feet seems much smaller than what the Elbo Room currently has.

We have messages out seeking to confirm these plans, and will update when we hear. But obviously, if it happened -- and it's still very much an if -- the loss of the Elbo Room would be a sizable blow to the live music scene in the city. The bar's upstairs venue hosts a wide variety of performances nearly every night of the week.

[SocketSite]

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102 comments
sejura
sejura

Wow what really shitty and shallow comments. The Elbo Room is one of the most beautiful bars in SF. In today's economy that bar would have never been built as the cost would be astronomical. The fact that people would do away with such an incredible example of time and place, a landmark, is sad and reeks of a spoiled community that takes the history and beauty of their city for granted.


The bartender is a dick, the ages of the clientele- you are dicks!

Scott Laraway
Scott Laraway

to make way for housing (you could never possibly afford go away little people)

PJ Lugo
PJ Lugo

Good, the bartender with the afro is always a huge dick

Tony Malson
Tony Malson

Another one bites the dust.... I can't wait to see some more modern lofts in SF! Stay Classy San Francisco....

Jesse Reyes
Jesse Reyes

I've been here like a handful of times.....I just remember it being a cougar-fest every time.....and a lot of bros.....tons of 'em. Saw some cool shows upstairs tho.

Bryan Edwards
Bryan Edwards

Could all the pale slope shoulders go somewhere else... Portland maybe?

Roy Jorge
Roy Jorge

Sad! We're losing some gems. Too many people being squeezed into a 7X7 mile tip of a peninsula.

Jonathan Lucero
Jonathan Lucero

Affordable housing is more important people.you are all selfish

Steven Ray
Steven Ray

nooooooooooooooooo it's gotta stay.

Will Cullum
Will Cullum

What? I fondly don't remember many a night there.

George Tucci
George Tucci

Sadly,I guess that they need more Elbo room in the neighborhood.

Blaze Farrar
Blaze Farrar

Thanks, Susana Ventura, for real information instead of rubbish, SF Weekly.

David Read
David Read

Flatten it! More where that came from.

Chris Pommier
Chris Pommier

Oh I remember this place... the end of an era my friends.

Jeremy Baker
Jeremy Baker

Gentrification!! White people!! Google busses!!

norules
norules

Leaving my SF 1 bedroom and never moving back if this happens. Sf is just not cool without it, so that means whomever moves in is a loser.

Heather Larson
Heather Larson

Soooo sad! But I really only remember it as a kid. Ok, that sounds weird. :)

mindfuk
mindfuk

who said it was gonna be affordable? or even "affordable"..?

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