Planning Commission Approves New School on Dolores Park

The "Castle on the Park- soon to be a middle school!

The Castle on the Park - soon to be a middle school!

The conversion of 601 Dolores, aka the Castle on the Park, aka Hogwarts,  has been approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission for use by Children’s Day School. In a Thursday marathon session that lasted until 10:30pm, neighbors and parents alike lined the aisles to speak both in favor and against the project.

The discussion centered around the planned use of a roof deck as a classroom to teach sustainable urban gardening. Before its unanimous approval, the Commission added some conditions to the plan, including restrictions on any rooftop use after 9pm or any external lighting on the roof. As reported in Curbed SF: the proposal would house students in 5th through 8th grades, and the work for the conversion of the giant spaces is massive, including a complete seismic retrofit, partitions for 10 new classrooms, 7 administrative offices, 3 student and faculty lounges, 2 new interior stairways, one elevator, 5 restrooms, and a full second floor level within the Sunday school wing of the building. The conversion will not harm the historic interior nor will it alter the exterior facades.

Next up for the project is further structural engineering planning. When completed, the new school will house approximately 180 wizards … er … middle schoolers. Welcome to the park, Children’s Day School!

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