3-Story With 3 Units to Replace Modest House on Cable in Ocean Beach

by on March 27, 2023 · 11 comments

in Ocean Beach

The city has announced that owner Dominic Ballerino has applied for a Coastal Development Permit to construct a new 3-story, 4,631 square foot building at 2077 Cable Street in OB.

The new buildings would include:

  • a dwelling unit, laundry, and 2-car garage on the first level, and
  • two 2-story accessory dwelling units on the second and third floors
  • with a roof deck.
  • The site has 0.09 acres.

3D google map shot of several years ago does not reflect current condition of rear year.

A small beach house will be presumably demolished and replaced on the lot.  Ballerino filed the application on February 21,2023.

Street-view google map shot of back yard at 2077 Cable.

Several questions arise. Will a 3-story with 4,631 square feet on that lot fit OB’s floor-area-ratio (FAR) of 0.70? Please chime in if my math is wrong or I’ve made other errors.

.09 acres is 3,920.4 square feet. The 2-car garage probably isn’t counted, then, when figuring out the FAR.

So the math becomes 4631 square feet minus (2-car garage)square feet which must be 70% of 3920 square feet or less.

70% of 3920 square feet is 2744 square feet. Therefore, by my rough calculations, in order for the new buildings to align with OB’s floor-area-ratio, the 2-car garage must be 1887 square feet or larger.



{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Greg March 27, 2023 at 1:42 pm

This is the house where the buyer put a painted trailer in the dirt lot in back to rent out in the interim right? Super gross.


Vern March 27, 2023 at 5:36 pm

Doesn’t this “ballerino” character opt for those boxlike, copy/paste dwellings that pop up around SD?
Talk about weak architecture.


Dominic Ballerino May 2, 2023 at 6:53 pm

Lol. Must have me confused with another Dominic Ballerino.


Tessa March 28, 2023 at 8:03 am

Super gross. Is there no way to block these monstrosities- the OB version of tasteless McMansions?


Geoff Page March 28, 2023 at 12:29 pm

This place was the subject of a Code Enforcement action all last year because of the three shitty construction trailers they had on site as rentals. The description includes a roof deck on top of a three-story building, which would be impossible to keep under 30 feet with a three-story structure.


kh March 30, 2023 at 12:34 pm

A roof deck would require a 42″ railing.

That leaves 8’10” per story including floor/ceiling structure, and would likely require an outdoor stair to access it. Of course they could also dig down a bit. It’s possible, I guess we shall see. The drawings will be made available for viewing in advance of the planning board meeting.


Geoff Page March 30, 2023 at 3:16 pm

So, the city is still sending the OBPB project plans? I expected that to stop sometime soon.


Frank Gormlie March 30, 2023 at 5:56 pm

We didn’t receive the announcement of this CDP from the OB Planning Board.


kh April 17, 2023 at 11:08 am

Yes, usually they send the plans to us once it’s completed it’s first review cycle. I expect this will go before our board, but they are making it clearer and clearer to applicants that they don’t have to.


kh April 17, 2023 at 11:10 am

The board could also weigh in on a project without the applicant’s consent or involvement, but it would require keeping close tabs on the project review. This has not happened yet on a private project to my knowledge but it could.


fish April 15, 2023 at 9:50 am

Ocean Beach is getting ruined with horribly designed McMansions. Almost every reno is climbing over the other one to get a glimse of the ocean. Each new house is taking the view from the sweet house behind them. I see so many of those empty box ‘look outs’ on top of steep stairs without any one ever in them. Who wants to go up very steep and narrow stairs carrying food and drinks? No one.


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