Report: Elbo Room Could Be Torn Down to Make Way for Housing [UPDATED]
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:
@SFAllShookDown We are not closing any time soon— Elbo Room (@elboroomsf) January 31, 2014
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.