Condos planned north of zoo

Condominiums proposed for construction just north of the San Francisco Zoo will offer views of the Pacific Ocean, but those views won’t come to fruition before the demolition of three buildings where a motel, surf shop and café make their homes.

The proposal for the 2800 block of Sloat Boulevard, between 46th and 47th avenues, calls for three new mixed-use five-story buildings standing 60 feet, dozens of condominiums and 26,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

Eighty-two off-street parking spots are also in the blueprints.

“That whole block is kind of decrepit,” said Buffy Maguire, co-owner of the Java Beach Café on La Playa and Judah streets. “We really are due for revitalization. We are trying to revitalize our little nook."

Plans call for tearing down three buildings totaling 21,000 square feet along with the existing 30-space parking lot. The developer aims to provide space for two of his commercial tenants, city planner Susan Mickelsen said. John’s Ocean Beach Café and the Aqua Surf Shop are expected to get retail space in the new development.

The café has been open for nearly three decades and the rent is affordable, said Tony Batshon, the son of the café’s namesake.

Batshon said the future of the café is unknown since it is unclear what the rent will be in the new building.

“The issue is how much” will it cost to stay, he said. “Anything that’s overpriced would have to push us out.”

The plan has yet to go through the public approval process. The soonest demolition could take place is in about a year, Mickelsen said.

Aqua Surf Shop intends to stay near Ocean Beach, co-owner Aleks Petrovich said. But he was reluctant to discuss further details since he doesn’t want his competition to know his plans.

The third tenant, Robert’s At The Beach Motel, won’t be given a chance to relocate into the new space.

Owner-manager Andy Patel said he’s not sure where he will move once he has to leave his oceanside motel.

“I want to stay in the hotel business,” Patel said. “I may look in another city or state.”

mcarroll@examiner.com

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