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wanderer34
Dec 4, 2010, 9:19 PM
I'm new to thins thread, and I was wondering when the Transbay project is getting built???? It would be a shame if this project didn't go through. I especially liked the Pelli proposal. It seems that w/ Pelli, everything he designs seems to be very sleek and professional. I liked the SOM proposal as well, I think both of them are great.

Also, what's the SF/Bay Area economy like in comparison to LA's??? What about the quality of life between the two??? I know about Silicon Valley, but I want to know more. Just PM me, thanks!!!

coyotetrickster
Dec 6, 2010, 2:57 AM
I'm new to thins thread, and I was wondering when the Transbay project is getting built???? It would be a shame if this project didn't go through. I especially liked the Pelli proposal. It seems that w/ Pelli, everything he designs seems to be very sleek and professional. I liked the SOM proposal as well, I think both of them are great.

Also, what's the SF/Bay Area economy like in comparison to LA's??? What about the quality of life between the two??? I know about Silicon Valley, but I want to know more. Just PM me, thanks!!!

The Transit Center portion of the project is already underway. The exterior walls of the old terminal are being demolished this week (could be finished by next week). The deep excavation and utilities re-location will be the next phase before the train 'sheds' etc. start construction. When the Tower will rise is totally dependent on the global economy. SF finally returned to positive absorption of office space. How's that for an ambiguous answer.

ElDuderino
Dec 8, 2010, 6:31 PM
S.F. America's Cup facilities might move north

John Coté,Will Kane, Chronicle Staff Writers
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Spectators for the next America's Cup would be able to watch 72-foot catamarans surge across a finish line with Alcatraz in the background under a revised proposal San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is pushing in the city's bid to host sailing's top regatta.

The mayor's staff huddled with race organizers into Tuesday evening trying to craft a plan to shift the main public facilities from south of the Bay Bridge to the northern waterfront between Piers 19 and 29.

That option recently gained popularity because it's cheaper, reduces the amount of public property conveyed for private development and gives spectators a better view of the action.

The push to modify the proposal, with meetings expected to continue this morning, comes as the Board of Supervisors' budget committee is scheduled to hold a hearing today on the fiscal feasibility of the city's America's Cup bid.

The core of the mayor's proposal to host the series of races remains the same - granting development rights and leases of up to 75 years for waterfront parcels to race organizers, led by billionaire Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

In exchange, race organizers would bring an international sporting event whose economic benefit is eclipsed only by the Olympics and soccer's World Cup. They would also pay to stabilize piers, dredge yacht berths and possibly contribute work to speed the completion of a planned cruise ship terminal at Pier 27.

Ellison's BMW Oracle Racing team, sponsored by San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club, captured the America's Cup in February off Valencia, Spain, and will select the location of the next regatta. The team has set up an event authority arm to handle the commercial side of the Cup and expects to decide on a site by the end of the year.

http://img573.imageshack.us/img573/3474/bacup1208grsfcg12917692.jpg (http://img573.imageshack.us/i/bacup1208grsfcg12917692.jpg/)

source and full article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/08/BAPI1GN7QU.DTL

ElDuderino
Dec 9, 2010, 6:38 PM
East span of Bay Bridge to open months earlier

Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, December 9, 2010

After years of delays, cost increases and complications on the $6.3 billion Bay Bridge project, finally there's some good news. The new east span will open to drivers traveling in both directions by the end of 2013 instead of the earlier plan to make eastbound motorists wait until 2014.

"We've found a way to open the whole bridge at once," said Bart Ney, a Caltrans spokesman. "It means seismic safety for everyone will arrive at least four to six months earlier."

It also means a complicated series of maneuvers - and traffic changes - to reconfigure the eastern end of the existing Bay Bridge in both directions so that a portion of the incline section can be cut away to make way for construction of the eastbound landing of the new bridge.

"It's going to be challenging, but nothing compared to some of the challenges we've already overcome," Ney said.

Those reconfigurations will bring changes in the alignments of the westbound approach to the existing bridge as well as the eastbound landing, both of which will take a turn to the south. The new eastbound alignment will probably premiere in May or June. The westbound change, which will include a temporary span, is likely to come at the end of 2011.

The cost of the changes has not yet been determined, Ney said, but should not cause the project to exhaust the $900 million contingency fund set aside to cover cost increases.

The accelerated timeline comes after bridge officials offered a package of incentives last December to speed fabrication of the bridge's steel deck and tower segments in China. The tactic apparently worked; steel deliveries have arrived on time or ahead of schedule, and the single tower that will support the suspension span is finally rising from the bay.

On Sunday, a new shipment of steel, including the third of five tower sections to be hoisted into place, will arrive, along with two more pieces of the bridge deck.

"We should be able to get most of the steel up before Christmas," said Peter Lee, program manager for the Bay Area Toll Authority. "It will raise the tower higher than the top of Yerba Buena Island."

The increased speed of the steel deliveries, combined with the changes on the east end of the bridge, will enable the span to open in December 2013, Ney said. For months, engineers have been working on plans to accelerate construction. Their design is complex, but essentially shifts everything to the south to make way for the eastbound landing of the new bridge to be built sooner than 2014. Some lane closures, and potentially a one-direction bridge closure, will be necessary, Ney said.

Work is already under way. Crews are relocating utilities to accommodate the traffic changes that will begin in 2011. Early in the year, access roads used by Caltrans crews and construction workers will be moved to the south.

In May or June, the eastbound lanes of traffic, after they come off the existing Bay Bridge, will also weave to the south. That will make way for crews to widen the incline section of the old bridge so a segment that blocks construction of the new landing can be cut away.

Once traffic is shifted onto that temporary span, again, curving south, construction of the eastbound landing, officially known as the "Oakland touchdown," can commence.

"The whole effort here," said Ney, "is to get the public on the new bridge, completely, as soon as possible."

source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/09/MN9O1GNR6K.DTL

CyberEric
Dec 10, 2010, 12:01 AM
Two interesting developments, thanks for the updates guys.

1977
Dec 14, 2010, 2:04 AM
1285 Sutter was sold. It'd be great if they could retain the Trader Joe's.

Portland Developer Buys San Francisco Housing Site

Submitted November 21, 2010, 3:27 PM

By Sharon Simonson

A Portland real estate development company with a history of large, mixed-use projects has acquired a multifamily parcel in San Francisco for nearly $9 million.

Gerding Edlen Development Co. has bought 1285 Sutter St. from San Francisco’s Rockpoint Group LLC, said Tony Crossley, a senior vice president for Colliers International in San Francisco. Crossley represented the seller in the deal.

The developer plans 106 apartments on the half acre site, Crossley said. The land cost is $85,000 a unit. Trader Joe’s has pre-leased retail on the ground floor, he said.

Gerding Edlen has been on the lookout for San Francisco property for the last six months, Crossley said.

Gerding Edlen has undertaken and completed a diverse mix of commercial and urban mixed-use projects, some very large and all characterized by an overriding emphasis on sustainability, according to its Web site. The developer describes itself as a “pioneer” in green building. Company representatives could not be reached for immediate comment.

San Francisco land sales have gained momentum since this summer after two-and-a-half years of almost no traction, Crossley said. Both apartment and condominium developers are looking toward 2013 and 2014 delivery dates and believing the city’s economy will be well recovered by then.

For developers the allure is plain: Land values remain at half their levels of three years ago, and construction and borrowing costs are low, Crossley said. At the exit, a crush of investors is eager to buy multifamily properties. That is pushing prices up, making the prospects for new product more attractive still.

Crossley and his partner Frank Wheeler sold 45 Lansing St. in San Francisco’s Rincon Hill neighborhood to developer Crescent Heights this summer. The property is entitled for 217 condominiums. Crescent paid $12.5 million; the seller had acquired the property for $30 million in 2006.

Crossley and Wheeler have two additional multifamily sites listed: four acres on the southwestern cusp of the booming Mission Bay neighborhood known as the Daggett Triangle for the outline of the lot, and a second plot at 430 Main St. in the Rincon Hill neighborhood near Interstate 80. Daggett Triangle is intended for 470 housing units, the Main Street site for 113.
Source:http://www.theregistrysf.com/

CyberEric
Dec 17, 2010, 12:23 AM
Seems like news about the new Bay Bridge should be posted somewhere.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/c/a/2010/12/16/BAQM1GR6PG.DTL

Dylan Leblanc
Dec 17, 2010, 11:15 AM
Here's the SF development map, 14 highrise buildings are marked as proposed or U/C - http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/maps/?cityID=114&z=13&status=1

Anyone see anything missing or inaccurate?

northbay
Dec 17, 2010, 4:20 PM
i'm pretty sure 535 mission IS NOT under construction as they put a parking lot over the foundation work (presumably to restart construction when the economy recovers). and i think the puc building has started construction but i haven't been to the city in over a month so i'm not entirely sure.

1977
Dec 17, 2010, 6:08 PM
http://www.socketsite.com/2001%20Market%20Whole%20Foods.jpg

2001 Market Street Development (AKA Whole Foods Castro) Approved


The proposed mixed-use development at 2001 Market Street was unanimously approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission last night and should result in an eight story building along Market Street (stepping down to four stories at 14th Street) with 82 residential units over a 31,000 square foot Whole Foods and 101 parking spaces.

Once again, the latest timeline calls for a month of demolition followed by eighteen (18) months of construction. And "assuming that construction would begin in the 3rd quarter of 2011, the building would be ready for occupancy in the 1st quarter of 2013."

Source:http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2010/12/2001_market_street_development_aka_whole_foods_castro_a.html#comments

1977
Dec 17, 2010, 6:14 PM
Here's the SF development map, 14 highrise buildings are marked as proposed or U/C - http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/maps/?cityID=114&z=13&status=1

Anyone see anything missing or inaccurate?

-Radiance West aka phase 2 is under construction (http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2010/07/radiance_west_325_china_basin_phase_two_construction_un.html)
-CCSF Chinatown is also under construction (http://www.ccsf.edu/NEW/en/our-campuses/chinatown-north-beach/chnblivecam.html)

dr_strangelove
Dec 17, 2010, 11:20 PM
Here's the SF development map, 14 highrise buildings are marked as proposed or U/C - http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/maps/?cityID=114&z=13&status=1

Anyone see anything missing or inaccurate?

555 Washington- Dead
PUC building- under construction (they are at the 3rd floor now last time I rode by
535 Mission- not under construction- on hold



Missing: Crescent Heights @ 10th/ Market streets (proposed- on hold)
45 Lansing St. (proposed- on hold)
Chinatown CCSF building- under construction (Washington & Kearny Sts.)

ElDuderino
Dec 18, 2010, 12:23 AM
:previous: Someone should snag some pics of the PUC building

Dylan Leblanc
Dec 18, 2010, 1:37 AM
Thanks guys, I have made all the changes you suggested. The SF development map is now up to date - http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/maps/?cityID=114&z=13&status=1


-CCSF Chinatown is also under construction

Sorry, that one's too short to go on the map. Highrise buildings only. :)

Cory
Dec 18, 2010, 6:56 AM
http://sf.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Powell-Promenade.jpg
The conceptual design for the Powell Street Promenade. The final design will be determined by the city. Image: RHAA

Mayor Gavin Newsom has announced the city’s latest Pavement to Parks project, a two-block pedestrian promenade [pdf] on Powell Street between Ellis and Geary near Union Square that will provide sorely needed public space for one of San Francisco’s most crowded commercial districts. In a heavy dose of irony, the car-free space will be financed by an automobile company, Audi of America, who approached the city about six weeks ago.

Read more:http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/12/17/san-franciscos-latest-pavement-to-parks-project-brought-to-you-by-audi/

1977
Dec 18, 2010, 5:27 PM
942 Mission was approved.

http://imgs.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2010/12/17/ba-nevius18_ph1_0502719429.jpg

Mission Street hotel's plans sidestep growth wars

When a proposal for a new 15-story hotel on the blighted block of Mission Street between Fifth and Sixth streets came to the Planning Department, the reaction was quiet. Almost too quiet.

"Here I am processing a 15-story building, and nobody is calling me," said Planning Department staffer Rick Crawford. "That was unusual."

In this city, the idea of new construction, particularly on the fringes of the Tenderloin, can be an invitation to hand-to-hand combat. In the 1980s, bitter development fights in the Tenderloin put strict limits on growth and stopped the building of new hotels dead.

The idea was to preserve low-income housing for residents. Although it did that, it also contributed to a malaise that left chunks of the neighborhood impoverished, shabby and deserted.

The tired old rant that any development, anywhere, is a plot against true San Francisco values is shortsighted. Cities need to grow and build updated structures. That's how they stay fresh and vital.

But the ease with which 942 Mission St. passed may be a sign of progress.

"The growth wars have been really divisive," said Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. "But I think now we are reaching the point where we say yes to positive additions instead of no to everything."

Some think the harsh reality of the troubled economy may have softened the tough stance on growth.

"The reality of the deficits is sinking in among city officials and agencies," said Tim Colen, executive director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition. "If it is a good deal for the city and it pencils out, let's do it."

Even land use attorney Sue Hestor, who is often an outspoken critic of development, signed off on the Mission Street hotel.

"They convinced people that a hotel made sense and that it will be good for the neighborhood," she said. "So it's acceptable."

The project has a lot going for it. There are already some five-star hotels in the area, but this will be priced as a midrange option. It is near the new Mint Plaza development and a short walk from the Moscone Convention Center. It will also be a conspicuous new project on a block that has more graffiti than retail shops.

"I think it is part of a trend," said architect Michael Stanton, who designed the building. "I think it can be a harbinger for the block."

Not everyone has such a rosy outlook.

"I'm not sure things are much better," said Don Falk, executive director of the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Coalition. "There are still people fighting tooth and nail. But I would say that this is a project that probably would not have garnered this much support 30 years ago."

Metcalf is more optimistic.

"I know there are still people who oppose everything new," he said. "But I hope that this is a generational change where people get their minds around the idea that change can be good."

Metcalf said the bitter growth battles were actually helpful in some ways. Neighborhood development plans were created that gave builders a blueprint of what was acceptable. He said the success of projects such as Mission Bay reassured residents that "gentrification" didn't have to be a dirty word.

It's about time. If there is one unfortunate truth about the city, it is that a small, loud group can derail worthwhile projects. They always insist that they are representing the "real" San Franciscans but never seem to have any way to demonstrate that.

If things are changing, the day may come when erecting a building in the city is just like anywhere else.

Almost. When the 942 Mission project was proposed, planners wanted to know what had been in the location before. It turned out to be the studios of Kink.com, an Internet porn site.

It's still San Francisco after all.

C.W. Nevius' column appears Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. E-mail him at cwnevius@sfchronicle.com.

This article appeared on page C - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle



Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/17/BA9V1GSDMN.DTL#ixzz18U95lcmi

Jerry of San Fran
Dec 18, 2010, 8:49 PM
I stopped by the Trans Bay terminal the 2nd week of December 2010 & got this picture. I can't say anything good about the building except that it served its' pupose for the time.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/5272156108_271fea9614.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/antinous/5272156108/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5122/5272154746_d2e5a36265.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/antinous/5272154746/)

CyberEric
Dec 20, 2010, 8:06 PM
Thanks for the updates everyone, particularly to the map.

924 Mission looks like a handsome building, I hope hotel patrons don't get too turned off by the Tenderloin nearby.
And the Powell park looks nice.

peanut gallery
Dec 20, 2010, 8:31 PM
Sorry, that one's too short to go on the map. Highrise buildings only. :)

The CCSF building is 215' tall. Is that not within the highrise category? Here's its thread (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=159669).

edwards
Dec 24, 2010, 8:25 AM
PUC headquarters, 3 days ago, blurry drive-by shot but still works.

https://img.skitch.com/20101224-gw57h99r7nsyu5ektu71uhjegc.png

Dylan Leblanc
Dec 24, 2010, 7:12 PM
The CCSF building is 215' tall. Is that not within the highrise category? Here's its thread (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=159669).

Ah thanks! I thought is was just the four storey building at first. Here's the updated map (18 projects) - http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/maps/?cityID=114&z=13&status=1

1977
Dec 29, 2010, 4:20 AM
It looks like the Metreon/Target project is breaking ground next month.

All Permits Approved For Metreon Target, Construction To Begin Next Month
by Bay City News
December 28, 2010 3:40 PM

Plans for a new Target store at San Francisco's Metreon complex are moving forward.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today that all permits have been approved for the city's first Target store, which is set to begin construction in January and open in 2012.

The store, which will be located in the Westfield Metreon Center at the intersection of Fourth and Mission streets, will give a boost to the local economy, Newsom said in a statement.

"The Metreon is the perfect place for a new, urban-centered Target that will bring jobs, smart development and an exciting and unique retail destination," he said.

The Metreon, which opened in 1999, already has a popular movie theater chain at the four-story building, but "has underperformed over time," said Fred Blackwell, executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, in a report to the agency's commissioners in November.

"Many of Metreon's other attractions...have struggled, and the complex now has significant vacancies," Blackwell said.

The redevelopment agency commission unanimously approved the Metreon Target project at a Nov. 16 meeting, and with the announcement of the project's final approval today, construction can commence next month.

"With all the permits issued, Westfield and Target can move forward immediately toward repositioning the Metreon as a lively retail and entertainment center," Blackwell said.

The 85,000-square-foot Target store will be built on the second floor of the building, while the Metreon food court will expand from 110 to 470 seats, and a new dining terrace will be built overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens.

Westfield is self-financing the project by investing $30 million in the changes. The project is expected to generate 775 construction jobs and up to 300 permanent jobs once the changes are finished in mid-2012, according to the mayor's office.

Target, a Minneapolis, Minn.-based company, estimates the new store will generate $120,000 in annual payroll taxes, a minimum of $5.4 million in annual sales taxes, and about $1 million in increased parking revenue for nearby garages.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News
source: http://sfappeal.com/news/2010/12/all-permits-approved-for-metreon-target-construction-to-begin-next-month.php

http://www.staplenews.com/storage/post-images/Target%20To%20Open%20In%20San%20Francisco's%20Metreon%201.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1290202187993

http://www.staplenews.com/storage/post-images/Target%20To%20Open%20In%20San%20Francisco%27s%20Metreon%202.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1290202225791
source:http://activerain.com/blogsview/1979450/target-or-shall-we-say-tar-jay-coming-to-the-metreon-in-san-francisco-in-2012

CyberEric
Jan 1, 2011, 1:55 AM
Sounds like SF won the bid to host the America's Cup.

patriotizzy
Jan 1, 2011, 5:44 PM
Sounds like SF won the bid to host the America's Cup.

Yes, I heard that on the news yesterday night. They're supposed to be improving the piers, and not to mention all the money pumped into the city from the very rich tourists.

Jerry of San Fran
Jan 4, 2011, 8:52 AM
I took a picture of the SFPUC building today from the 27th floor of the Archstone Fox Plaza. It is now to the 4th/5th floor.

The building in the foreground is the Court House. I find the "dome" unattractive - reminds me of a sewer vault.

The beautiful beaux arts dome of city hall is seen on the left.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5046/5323324586_cf821f0c12.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/antinous/5323324586/)

1977
Jan 7, 2011, 3:38 AM
Thanks for the updated photo of the PUC building Jerry of San Fran...

By the way, here are some renderings and info about the Mercy Housing project at 200 6th St. (the 'furniture' building).

Architect: Kennerly Architecture & Planning
Client: Mercy Housing
Location: San Francisco, California
Scheduled Completion: 2014

San Francisco’s redevelopment agency continues to invest in modern architecture, last month tapping small firm Kennerly Architecture & Planning to replace a longtime eyesore in the South of Market area. Making a rare use of eminent domain, in 2009 the organization acquired a property at Sixth and Howard, a burnt-out brick building that has been abandoned since the 1980s and has since been famously festooned with sofas and chairs (a popular art installation called “Defenestration”). Replacing it will be a nine-story mixed-use project with 56 units of affordable family housing. In the concept drawing, a double-height retail space on the corner and a grand lobby with an open stair gives the building its street presence. “I grew up in New York City in an apartment building with a beautiful lobby, and it makes people feel like the building has an identity, that the building is proud of itself,” said Owen Kennerly, who worked for architect and affordable housing advocate Daniel Solomon before starting his own firm. Saida + Sullivan Design Partners collaborated with Kennerly on the project. In addition to a roof deck, most units along Sixth Street will have balconies off their living rooms. All corridors will be daylit; half will terminate in internal balconies, enabling double-height spaces on the side facing Howard. Laundry rooms will also be located at these junctions to take advantage of the natural light.

The exterior will feature modern versions of bay windows, which, combined with the balconies, will give it a “juicy richness in terms of shade and materiality,” said Kennerly. “It’s really important to us to have good architecture – all it takes is one ugly affordable housing building and people will say they don’t want those projects in their neighborhood,” said Olson Lee, the redevelopment agency’s deputy executive director. The agency is also pleased that the design — which breaks up the mass into two volumes, starting taller at the corner and steps down further along the block — followed guidelines for new development in a historic district (the area is expected to become the “Sixth Street Lodging House District”) and should pass muster when it is up for formal review.

http://www.archpaper.com/uploads/image/Kennerly_200-6th-2.jpg

http://www.archpaper.com/uploads/Kennerly_200-6th-3(1).jpg

How it looks now...
http://www.archpaper.com/uploads/Defenstration2.jpg
Source for the article and photos: http://www.archpaper.com/e-board_rev.asp?News_ID=5071

photoLith
Jan 7, 2011, 4:52 AM
^
Id much rather see them restore that old building rather than tear it down and replace it with an out of context to its surroundings modern box.

CyberEric
Jan 7, 2011, 6:55 AM
^
Id much rather see them restore that old building rather than tear it down and replace it with an out of context to its surroundings modern box.

I could not agree more. That new design is terrible.

Gordo
Jan 7, 2011, 7:11 AM
The old building is fire-damaged, condemned, and could crumble any day now. Restoring it is impossible (since it has been condemned for habitation or restoration), and besides, the area really needs more than a four-story building. The design isn't great, but anything will be better than the boarded up blight that's been there for more than a decade.

NOPA
Jan 7, 2011, 7:43 AM
God that building is ugly. Maybe it was once nice, but time to move on. There are plenty of historic buildings in this city.

The new design isn't great, but I am glad the project includes a singificant number of affordable housing. In a lot of cases, I prefer a denser building with generous affordable housing to a renovated 'historic' one since those usually just end up being luxury condoes.

CyberEric
Jan 7, 2011, 7:52 PM
God that building is ugly. Maybe it was once nice, but time to move on. There are plenty of historic buildings in this city.

The new design isn't great, but I am glad the project includes a singificant number of affordable housing. In a lot of cases, I prefer a denser building with generous affordable housing to a renovated 'historic' one since those usually just end up being luxury condoes.

Good point. I just hope there is another, better design out there, that one looks terrible and will look even worse in 20 years. We don't need more of what has happened in some areas of the Fillmore.

Onn
Jan 7, 2011, 8:14 PM
Is Jerry Going to Kill Off Redevelopment to Save Education?

By Jay Barmann in News on January 6, 2011 12:47 PM

http://sfist.com/attachments/SFist_Jay/transbay-rendering.jpg

No doubt, Jerry Brown's got big problems to work out in Sacramento to deal with the state's $28 billion dollar deficit. But word on the street is that he's contemplating ending redevelopment, the economic and property development engine that's played a huge role in revitalizing California cities over the last several decades. As the Mercury News reports, Governor Brown may be making an announcement as early as Monday that he'll be raiding redevelopment in order to cover shortfalls in education budgets statewide, something that is sure to be putting many real estate industry professionals and city employees on edge. About $5.5 billion in annual property tax revenue is currently diverted to redevelopment, and this promise of annual funding is used to issue bonds to fund construction projects.

What is redevelopment, you ask? Well, it's somewhat complicated and often controversial, but it's a way for cities to direct revenue into development projects in what they consider "blighted" areas. In San Francisco, for instance, the SF Redevelopment Agency used property tax funds to develop much of what we now know as Yerba Buena Center, and projects like the new Transbay center and the renovation of the Metreon rely in part on redevelopment funds. In Oakland, where Jerry was mayor not that long ago, redevelopment funds were integral in renovating the Fox Theater and building the entire Uptown complex that surrounds it.

...


http://sfist.com/2011/01/06/is_brown_thinking_of_killing_off_re.php

RST500
Jan 7, 2011, 8:31 PM
Good point. I just hope there is another, better design out there, that one looks terrible and will look even worse in 20 years. We don't need more of what has happened in some areas of the Fillmore.

what happened in the Filmore? I assumed it was known for its ugly post war public housing.

CyberEric
Jan 9, 2011, 7:40 PM
Urban renewal. I was just exaggerating to prove a point that tearing down old buildings and building ugly, instantly dated ones in there place is not always a good idea.
If this building is condemned, and beyond fexable, it should be torn down, but the new building needs a better design.

Dr Nevergold
Jan 10, 2011, 9:03 AM
^^^Brown has unimaginable problems to deal with, but I don't think cutting redevelopment projects is the place to be looking. There is a lot to lose if that is lost.

gtbassett
Jan 10, 2011, 8:24 PM
I think Brown is correct to look to increase the poorly underfunded education system here in California, but if he completely strips redevelopment of all funds, it will cause too many problems. I would understand a cut back in California's current state, but Onn's piece made it sound like he's essentially going to dismantle redevelopment, which would be a huge mistake.

NOPA
Jan 11, 2011, 3:13 AM
Off topic but the LA times has a balance budgeter. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/budget/

Its actually pretty hard. I think I managed it without cutting any education, but it took about 20% cuts to everything else and some taxes that certainly wouldn't fly.

fflint
Jan 11, 2011, 8:51 PM
Brown may eliminate redevelopment agencies altogether in order to divert the funding to more essential state services. It sucks, but there are no good options available anymore. Kids need schooling more than we need a Target at the Metreon.

POLA
Jan 11, 2011, 9:19 PM
Off topic but the LA times has a balance budgeter. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/budget/

Its actually pretty hard. I think I managed it without cutting any education, but it took about 20% cuts to everything else and some taxes that certainly wouldn't fly.

My favorite part of that: Raise the gas tax a bit and BAM, budget problem solved.

Onn
Jan 11, 2011, 10:13 PM
Brown may eliminate redevelopment agencies altogether in order to divert the funding to more essential state services. It sucks, but there are no good options available anymore. Kids need schooling more than we need a Target at the Metreon.

It's sad, but I have to agree. California probably already has its fair of empty space too. Just have to wait until things improve again.

patriotizzy
Jan 11, 2011, 10:20 PM
End the war. Divert all the money that would have been used there, and spend it on our country. Problem solved. Sorry, couldn't hold it in :P

dr_strangelove
Jan 15, 2011, 2:04 AM
I have not seen a PUC thread, so if there is one let me know and I'll post my pics there. Taken earlier on this beautiful 60° day. They are up to the 7th floor now.

http://i55.tinypic.com/2lnjqde.jpg
Redwood Alley side of building

http://i55.tinypic.com/21ou36f.jpg
Polk st. side of building

NOPA
Jan 16, 2011, 6:45 PM
Great photos. About the redevelopment cuts, I know people will just hiss and rant at me, but does anybody remember the condo-conversion fee proposal Newsome mentioned a while ago? I wonder if there are other ideas similarly that could make up the funds (paying for air rights and embracing shadows, essentually, paying nice fees to get development regulation waived)

dr_strangelove
Jan 17, 2011, 11:27 PM
http://i55.tinypic.com/142bfh5.jpg
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http://i56.tinypic.com/jkerza.jpg

1977
Jan 18, 2011, 7:09 AM
David Choo is back with Richard Meier at Market and Van Ness.

Investor David Choo back in S.F. market
Plans Market St. housing highrise
San Francisco Business Times - by J.K. Dineen
Date: Friday, January 14, 2011, 3:00am PST
Related:
Residential Real Estate

Real estate investor David Choo is trying to rise from the ashes of the real estate collapse with a $126 million residential highrise at Van Ness Avenue and Market Street in San Francisco.
The development at 1540 Market St. would include a 400-foot tower with 180 housing units and a 65-foot podium building that would be connected to the tower by a third-story pedestrian bridge. The podium would house amenities for the residential building as well as space for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, located directly behind the site on Oak Street. The proposed project is being designed by “starchitect” Richard Meier, according to public records.
Between 2005 and 2008, Choo was one of the most active investors in San Franscisco, assembling major building sites at both First and Mission streets, across from the Transbay Terminal, and on the northwest corner of Van Ness and Market.
He bought four parcels at Van Ness and Market, shelling out more than $20 million to assemble the property. After the real estate crash, he unsuccessfully tried to unload the First and Mission properties as well as another site, 524 Howard St. On March 31, 2009, Choo’s commercial mortgage company, CMR Mortgage Fund II LLC, filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern California.
Environmental Planner Michael Jacinta said the Market Street proposal is still in the early review process. The city is waiting for Choo’s team to complete a full-blown wind study for the site as well as a shadow study.
After those are analyzed, planners will determine the extent of the environmental impact study the developer will have to undertake. The site is part of the city’s 2007 Market-Octavia neighborhood plan, so the project could be eligible for a abbreviated environmental review process.
“When you have an area plan, there is the ability to streamline environmental review,” said Jacinta. “In some cases, you can streamline all of it, and in other cases streamline some and do focused analysis on other. In this case, it’s likely to be focused review plus community plan exemption.”
Meier designed the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Barcelona Museum of Art. He has not designed a building in San Francisco.


Read more: Investor David Choo back in S.F. market | San Francisco Business Times
Source:http://digital.bizjournals.com/launch.aspx?referral=other&pnum=&refresh=T1j806Bd4k0W&EID=9dfab267-ce66-4540-8d5c-36e4cc8d9a38&skip=

CyberEric
Jan 18, 2011, 7:48 PM
This could be really really cool, thanks for posting!

Jerry of San Fran
Jan 19, 2011, 11:44 PM
Dr Stranglove - good pictures. I was by there yesterday & it is moving up fast.

Jerry of San Fran
Jan 19, 2011, 11:52 PM
1977 - thanks for the shocking news. A 400' tower is quite tall, but with a comparable highrise nearby it makes sense. There is the possibility that the 35 story tower at Market & 9th will start in a couple of months. The neighborhood will be quite different in about 5 years if all of the proposed building happens. I live 1 block from Van Ness & would like to see a more dense residential & business presense, particularly at night when the area is like a ghost town.

We got an Andersen's Bakery in the Fox Plaza last week & we are thankful for the new business.

1977
Jan 20, 2011, 12:37 AM
1977 I live 1 block from Van Ness & would like to see a more dense residential & business presense, particularly at night when the area is like a ghost town.

I couldn't agree more! The Meier tower (I'm really excited to see what he comes up with) and the Glenn Rescalvo redesign at 10th and Market are really going to bring this area to life and help to further connect Upper Market to downtown.

dr_strangelove
Jan 20, 2011, 12:39 AM
1977 - thanks for the shocking news. A 400' tower is quite tall, but with a comparable highrise nearby it makes sense. There is the possibility that the 35 story tower at Market & 9th will start in a couple of months. The neighborhood will be quite different in about 5 years if all of the proposed building happens. I live 1 block from Van Ness & would like to see a more dense residential & business presense, particularly at night when the area is like a ghost town.

We got an Andersen's Bakery in the Fox Plaza last week & we are thankful for the new business.

Market and Van Ness is the ugliest intersection in the city, yet also the juxtaposition of its two most major streets. The quirkiness of this city knows no end :jester:

1977
Jan 20, 2011, 12:43 AM
More Metreon news and renderings from http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/...

On Metreon’s dining-centric remodel; floorplans and renderings included

As we all know, the long-awaited Metreon redevelopment plan was given the blessing of the city recently. Target is the headliner, of course, but don’t forget that the revamp is a dining-centric one, so this is as good a time as any to share the latest on all that jazz.

The dining terrace, looking out onto Yerba Buena
Westfield is staying largely mum and won’t confirm or deny any tenants until construction gets closer, so there’s a chance that some tenants might change.

That said, the approved proposal plans and blueprints (pictured) indicate that the entire first floor will be dedicated to food and open to the street level on Mission and Fourth Streets. According to those same plans, street level restaurants include La Boulange Bakery, Best-O-Burger, Chipotle, Mixt Greens, and Brandy Ho’s Hunan.

In addition to the new first floor spaces, the existing 110-seat food court will balloon up to a 470-seat one, overlooking the park. New faces will include Coriander Thai, San Francisco Soup Co., Saigon Eats, and So Green Yogurt. Firewood Café, Buckhorn Grill, and Sanraku will stay on. Jillian’s won’t be going anywhere, either.

Tavern on the Green is no longer involved — the Manhattan location closed and declared bankruptcy, which will put a dent in anyone’s expansion plans. But the Westfield operators are still seeking a “single-user tenant to operate a large restaurant and event venue” on the fourth floor.

First the terrace facing Yerba Buena Gardens.
http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/paololucchesi/files/2011/01/metreonterrace.jpg
And a rendering of the dining area (YBG on the left).
http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/paololucchesi/files/2011/01/metreondiningroom.jpg
Bonus-floor plan.
http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/paololucchesi/files/2011/01/floorplan.jpg

Source:http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/paololucchesi/2011/01/19/on-metreons-dining-centric-remodel-floorplans-and-renderings-included/

1977
Jan 20, 2011, 6:21 PM
More Mid-Market news: Trinity Place - Phase 2

New Tower Will Transform Market Street
Project may also restore the reputation of its notorious developer

By ZUSHA ELINSON on January 19, 2011 - 6:15 p.m. PST

Demolition will begin in the next few weeks on a small portion of yellow building in the foreground. It will be rebuilt into a 22-story apartment building.
Soon a 22-story apartment building will rise near San Francisco's Civic Center.

It will replace the defunct yellow low-rise hotel across from the Orpheum Theater. And it’s the next piece in the ambitious 1,900-unit development called Trinity Place by storied San Francisco real estate mogul Angelo Sangiacomo.

The construction, expected to start in late summer, will not only change the face of Market Street, but also continue to rebuild Sangiacomo’s image, according to some observers. He is often referred to as the “father of rent control” because his unilateral rent increases spurred San Francisco’s tough rent-control laws. But the deal he cut in 2005 to give low-income residents of the old buildings new apartments at the same rent-controlled price won him the plaudits of San Francisco’s staunch tenant advocates.

“The Trinity tenants all end up with dramatically better housing,” said Randy Shaw of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, who helped broker the deal along with then-Supervisor Chris Daly. “He not only kept his word, he went beyond his word. … I think he has changed his image.”

On a walking tour of Trinity Wednesday, Trinity Properties CFO Walter Schmidt said that demolition of 60 units of the low-rise building next to the existing tower will begin in the next few weeks.

Originally part of a Del Webb hotel, complete with a pool, the yellow building will get an additional 418 units in the rebuild and reach 22 stories.

While many developers have put projects on hold because they can't get banks to lend them money in the down economy, Trinity is moving forward because it's not relying on lenders, Schmidt said. The project has been financed "internally," he said.

The first phase, a 24-story building on Mission Street, is already built. Of the apartments there, 360 were kept under rent control; 225 of the original tenants living in the complex moved into new apartments in the building with their same low rents.

Trinity used an out-of-town architect, Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica. His firm is based in Miami — and it shows. Several people on the tour, which was arranged by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, commented that the building had a Miami feel, especially the lobby with its glassy exterior and zebra-striped marble-covered walls.



Source: http://www.baycitizen.org/development/story/new-tower-will-transform-market-street/

CyberEric
Jan 20, 2011, 7:16 PM
That would be a pretty nice building and be great for the area. Though I hope it looks better than the hideous thing they built on Mission Street.

Any idea how they are going to incorporate the tower into the old building?

1977
Jan 20, 2011, 7:32 PM
That would be a pretty nice building and be great for the area. Though I hope it looks better than the hideous thing they built on Mission Street.

Any idea how they are going to incorporate the tower into the old building?

The old building will be leveled and replaced with 2 other buildings - one along Market at 8th and the other just west of the current tower (phase 1). Here are a couple of pictures:

The existing tower is at the top right corner:
http://www.trinityplace.com/images/fs_07_Site-Plan.jpg

Completed project with the 22 story tower in the foreground:
http://www.trinityplace.com/images/fs_41-v2_r4.jpg

NOPA
Jan 20, 2011, 7:36 PM
Wow lots of news! Can't wait to see some of this to breakground. However, I really think SF needs to get some more towers over the 500' level. The skyline is kind of flat-lined. Is that too much to ask?

CyberEric
Jan 20, 2011, 10:21 PM
Ugh, that looks like a Tetris building. Any shots of the 22 story tower that would be built? You say the old building would be leveled and replaced with two others, but I thought I read that it was only a portion of the old building that would be leveled?

I agree with Nopa, sadly Nimby laws keep that from happening. I am not sure this is really an improvement if it is as ugly as this rendering makes it. In ten years the area will be uglier than ever.

Jerry of San Fran
Jan 20, 2011, 10:24 PM
Thanks 1977 for the good news that the Trinity Place project is moving along. I see the site from my window & really like the 1st building that was built & look forward to seeing whole project to completion. I was just talking to a friend about the project & was wondering if the 2nd phase would start this year. Every time I passed by the old motel, now empty, I wondered when the old eysore will be torn down. I'll post pictures from my balcony of the progress when it starts.

1977
Jan 20, 2011, 10:43 PM
Thanks 1977I'll post pictures from my balcony of the progress when it starts. Please do!

1977
Jan 20, 2011, 10:52 PM
Ugh, that looks like a Tetris building. Any shots of the 22 story tower that would be built? You say the old building would be leveled and replaced with two others, but I thought I read that it was only a portion of the old building that would be leveled?

I agree with Nopa, sadly Nimby laws keep that from happening. I am not sure this is really an improvement if it is as ugly as this rendering makes it. In ten years the area will be uglier than ever.

I think they are only demolishing part of the old building to make way for the the 22 story building at the southwest corner (8th and Mission). I'm not positive how they are breaking up the phases. Maybe the 22 story addition will be built in phases as well? Maybe 2 phases and then another phase for the building along Market? I guess we'll find out soon.

Gordo
Jan 20, 2011, 11:08 PM
duplicate post

Gordo
Jan 20, 2011, 11:10 PM
Ugh, that looks like a Tetris building. Any shots of the 22 story tower that would be built? You say the old building would be leveled and replaced with two others, but I thought I read that it was only a portion of the old building that would be leveled?

I agree with Nopa, sadly Nimby laws keep that from happening. I am not sure this is really an improvement if it is as ugly as this rendering makes it. In ten years the area will be uglier than ever.

The 22 story tower is in that rendering - the 22 story tower is simply phase two of a three phase project. It's not a new tower design, but something that's been planned for a looooong time.

When completed, all of the old buildings will be gone, replaced by what you see in the rendering above. It's just being done in multiple phases over a decade.

viewguysf
Jan 22, 2011, 5:11 AM
Wow lots of news! Can't wait to see some of this to breakground. However, I really think SF needs to get some more towers over the 500' level. The skyline is kind of flat-lined. Is that too much to ask?

Over 500' won't cut it since much of the City is flat-lined at the 600' or above level. We need 800'-plus buildings to begin to make a real difference.

viewguysf
Jan 22, 2011, 9:11 AM
Ugh, that looks like a Tetris building. Any shots of the 22 story tower that would be built? You say the old building would be leveled and replaced with two others, but I thought I read that it was only a portion of the old building that would be leveled?

I agree with Nopa, sadly Nimby laws keep that from happening. I am not sure this is really an improvement if it is as ugly as this rendering makes it. In ten years the area will be uglier than ever.

This is actually a great project--look at the thread dedicated to it.

peanut gallery
Jan 22, 2011, 7:59 PM
Yeah, I've always liked Trinity. Looking forward to phase two getting started.

A skyline view from above Sausalito:
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5003/5377235354_838c1caf33_b.jpg

Plant got in the way of the ship but I couldn't stay there any longer to get it right.

CyberEric
Jan 23, 2011, 4:29 AM
This is actually a great project--look at the thread dedicated to it.

I would like to, where is it? I searched for Trinity and found no threads about it.

Gordo
Jan 23, 2011, 5:47 AM
^Here you go: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=129548
:cheers:

CyberEric
Jan 23, 2011, 7:25 PM
^Here you go: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=129548
:cheers:

Thanks! I guess it's just me, but that building is pretty ugly. It has a cheap, good enough for now look to it.
I do appreciate the intent though. That area needs help so I hope it's for the best.

viewguysf
Jan 23, 2011, 7:31 PM
Thanks! I guess it's just me, but that building is pretty ugly. It has a cheap, good enough for now look to it.
I do appreciate the intent though. That area needs help so I hope it's for the best.

Go look at the first tower that was built in the southeast corner of the project site on Mission Street and you'll see it's not cheap.

1977
Jan 24, 2011, 5:56 PM
More great news from Mid-Market:

American Conservatory Theater eyes Mid-Market site

The American Conservatory Theater is taking a serious look at expanding into San Francisco's Mid-Market district, something many say could be the beginning of a transformation in the area.

The nationally renowned theater company wants to turn a run-down triangular lot at the corner of Turk and Market Streets into a $100 million, multistory arts complex filled with a 300-seat theater, housing for visiting actors, and space for a cabaret, classrooms and retail.

While the plan is still in its tenuous early stages, many believe it could bring new vibrancy to an area known decades ago as a lively theater district but now seen as an economic wasteland.

"If it happens, it could be a critical-mass opportunity for this block," said Elvin Padilla, head of the Tenderloin Economic Development Project and a key supporter of the plan. But all agree it would be years before the project breaks ground.

The new arts complex would not replace ACT's historic home near Union Square, but would allow the company to combine rehearsal rooms, costume shops and administrative offices that are currently spread throughout the city under one roof, said Ellen Richard, the theater's executive director.

ACT officials hope they can share space in the building, which could be as a large as 200,000 square feet, with other arts organizations also hunting for office and rehearsal space, Richard said.

"If we could consolidate all of this into one space, it would be perfect," she said.

Search for partners

The group will work with an outside consultant for the next six months to determine if it can find partners and raise $100 million to buy and demolish the current buildings and design and construct the new building, she said.

Under the current plan, ACT would buy three lots on the eastern side of the triangular block, leaving only the Warfield Theater and the Crazy Horse strip club standing.

The owners of the two-story retail and office buildings ACT is seeking seem very interested in selling their properties, Padilla said.

Revive the area

The new building would bring hundreds of workers, residents and theatergoers, who could breathe new life into the block, especially during the evening hours when the sidewalk is often ceded to the homeless.

"It would have a great impact on the neighborhood, because there would actually be activity there," Richard said.

A 300-seat theater would also allow ACT and other theater groups to produce less-mainstream shows that would never fill the company's current home, the 1,000-seat Geary Theater.

"We would like to have a smaller theater ... a smaller venue that would allow us to produce riskier work and more intimate work," Richard said.

City officials excited

City officials say they are especially excited by the project because it is across the street from the site of the 265,000-square-foot CityPlace mall, scheduled to break ground this spring.

Having two major destinations at the foot of the Mid-Market district would generate traffic and interest that could spread up the street, they say.

"The city is committed to doing whatever we can to make the project a reality - this is an amazing opportunity to bring the arts district to a whole new level," said Amy Cohen of the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

The idea of turning the Mid-Market area into an arts district has appealed to planners for years, because arts were key to turning around blighted neighborhoods in other parts of the country, including Times Square and SoHo in New York City.

Need to draw people

But arts aren't always the best, or only, way to improve a neighborhood, said Alex Garvin, a professor at Yale who studies the evolution of cities.

While the construction of Lincoln Center radically changed the West Side of New York City, a similar center in Los Angeles has had no impact on the surrounding neighborhood, he said.

The key for Mid-Market, Garvin said, is finding a way to get people to spend time near the theater before or after a show.

"There are many things that can turn a neighborhood around," he said. "What turns the place into something is the interest of the people."

"It is how you do it," he added later. "Not just what you do."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/23/MNH71HCLO1.DTL#ixzz1Bybr8Wd3

http://imgs.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2011/01/21/mn-act24_PH1_0502858887.jpg
Source:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/c/a/2011/01/24/MNH71HCLO1.DTL&object=/c/pictures/2011/01/21/mn-act24_PH1_0502858887.jpg

CyberEric
Jan 24, 2011, 7:16 PM
That looks like it could be a fantastic project!

And is Mid Market the new nice way to say the Tenderloin?

Jerry of San Fran
Jan 24, 2011, 7:56 PM
[QUOTE=1977;5137576]More great news from Mid-Market:
CyberEric

[I think "Mid-Market" is a term for wishful thinking that the Tenderloin will go away. Market Street can & will be developed but it will be a facade that hides the Tenderloin & it's social problems.

NOPA
Jan 25, 2011, 1:01 AM
When will San Francisco stop ignoring the giant problem called the TL?

CyberEric
Jan 25, 2011, 7:43 AM
When will San Francisco stop ignoring the giant problem called the TL?

If we all call it Mid-Market it will just go away!

I think this development could be very good for the TL.

jaypkatl
Jan 25, 2011, 5:00 PM
I live in the TL and have to say there has been an increase in police recently. They have been regularly clearing areas where a certain element congregate.

ElDuderino
Jan 27, 2011, 5:50 PM
SF redevelopment projects may be expedited

Will Kane, Chronicle Staff Writer

San Francisco officials say they are ready to accelerate many local redevelopment projects if it looks like they'll be eliminated by Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget cuts.

Dozens of cities and counties in California have rushed to approve redevelopment funds in the weeks after Brown first announced his proposed $5.7 billion cut to redevelopment, but San Francisco's agency has stayed out of the fray.

That could change, though, if it becomes clear the governor's proposal would eliminate funding for Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard or the Treasure Island development, Mayor Ed Lee told The Chronicle.

Lee said his office is "putting together steps" to ensure the projects are quickly approved if he and others can't broker a deal with Brown, as they tried to do in Sacramento on Wednesday.

Mayors from nine major cities and Brown met and agreed to form a working group to explore options besides eliminating redevelopment.

While Brown did not back down from his proposal, he did signal that he is willing to work with the big-city mayors, said Tony Winnicker, the mayor's spokesman.

But city staff will continue planning to expedite the approval of some redevelopment projects - which borrow money against the future value of a property to fund improvement to blighted neighborhoods - because negotiations could fall through and the funds could be cut.

"There's no rush to push things through prematurely," Winnicker said. "As a result of this meeting, he's not pulling the trigger immediately. That said, we realize days are important here."

While much of the development at Hunters Point will continue, agreements to pay for affordable homes with redevelopment funds have not yet been approved, said Fred Blackwell, head of the city's redevelopment agency.

It isn't clear whether developers can afford to build the housing without redevelopment funds, he said.

Under the original plan, the agency would issue money for each of the affordable housing sites once they were ready - something expected to take at least a year, Blackwell said.

But the agency could consider offering redevelopment money now for the affordable housing lots before all the details, including finding a developer, are worked out.

"That's not the way we've traditionally gone about it," he said.

The redevelopment agreement at Treasure Island was expected to be approved in July, but could instead be accelerated and approved before the new budget takes effect, said Rich Hillis with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

"It is another important project that doesn't happen without redevelopment," he said.

Brown will release a detailed budget plan in early February that will clarify how many projects in San Francisco would be cut or eliminated, Blackwell said.

"We aren't pressing the panic button until we see the governor's proposal," he said.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/27/BA5S1HEJUK.DTL

CyberEric
Jan 27, 2011, 6:08 PM
Thanks^. Wouldn't it be interesting if a bunch of projects all got kicked into action because of the very cuts that threaten them.

ElDuderino
Jan 27, 2011, 10:57 PM
:previous: Yeah. It seems like that is exactly what is happening all over the state. In other possible development news....

Oracle Racing to preview America's Cup on bay

C.W. Nevius

You've heard the promises about the America's Cup in San Francisco. It will reinvent the waterfront, pour a billion dollars into the economy, and cure world hunger. And sure, it will probably be a real game changer for the city.

But this is San Francisco, a city that never met a project it couldn't smother in red tape. The qualifying races could be here as soon as 2012. The amount of prep work is staggering, from relocating 77 port tenants (and you know some of them are going to fight), meeting state environmental regulations, and (oh yeah) making infrastructure improvements that will run to the tens of millions of dollars.

So it is no surprise that in the next few months Larry Ellison's Oracle Racing is going to throw USA-17, the ginormous trimaran that won the 33rd America's Cup, into the bay. USA-17 is on a freighter right now, headed for the Panama Canal and then San Francisco. When it arrives, around March 1, it will be assembled and then will probably sail through the bay.

It will be like nothing you've ever seen in your life.

Picture the Bay Bridge. Now picture the top of the mast of USA-17 crashing into the span. It's that tall. The carbon fiber mast (think of a 747 wing but bigger) USA-17 used to win the Cup is 223 feet. The vertical clearance for the west side of the Bay Bridge is 220 feet. For the east it is just 191 feet. They will need to use a smaller mast to fit it under the bridge.

Talk about a battleship in a bathtub. Every spin around the bay will be a traffic-stopper.

The idea is to fire up enthusiasm for the event just as the really hard work begins. There must be cooperation and many groups must put aside their personal interests. Cynics would call that unlikely, but I'd ask them to consider the payoff.

In 1995, a team from New Zealand won the Cup in San Diego to earn the right to host the event in Auckland in 2000. Chronicle reader John Bostock was vacationing in Auckland that year.

"I went for a little run down by the waterfront," Bostock recalled, "and it looked strikingly like the piers in San Francisco. They were crumbling, dangerous, and there weren't even buildings there."

For better perspective, Bostock suggested I call a friend of his in New Zealand, Gray Mathias.

"It was such a crap heap," Mathias says. "They used to store logs in the water. There were a couple of fish processing facilities, which was not that pleasant."

And then the sailing teams began to arrive. Each constructed a large "base," where they could store materials and work on their boats. The structures were large enough to house several boats with their masts down. Investors surrounded the bases with apartments, a hotel, and restaurants and bars. That's when Bostock returned for a visit.

"The transformation was jaw-dropping," Bostock said. "You'd never know it was the same place."

"I have lived in Auckland since I was in high school," said Mathias, who is 63. "And I have been involved in sailing my whole life. But I totally underestimated the benefits of the America's Cup."

The harbor was filled with luxurious private boats ranging from 100 to 150 feet.

"We must have had 30 to 40 big superyachts," Mathias said. "Most of the owners don't know a bloody thing about sailing, but they like to be seen."

A berthing area for the superyachts included maintenance facilities, which have continued to operate. Auckland is now port of call for high-rolling yachters.

Like the San Francisco waterfront, Auckland's harbor was ripe for improvement. But it needed a jump-start.

"The key is you need a reason for that level of development," Mathias said. "And you couldn't come up with a better one, even the Olympic Games."

That's bold talk. But keep them in mind when you see USA-17 squeaking under the Bay Bridge. This is an event that thinks big.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/27/BAIN1HEJL3.DTL&type=newsbayarea

hruski
Jan 28, 2011, 7:45 AM
:previous: Yeah. It seems like that is exactly what is happening all over the state. In other possible development news....



http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/27/BAIN1HEJL3.DTL&type=newsbayarea

i lived in auckland for awhile, and the viaduct looks beautiful. there's a ton of great restaurants, nightlife, and residential space right by it, and it's a really fun area to go out in (both for tourists and locals).

i hope san francisco can develop something similar. we'll see.

Reminiscence
Feb 1, 2011, 8:19 AM
Not sure if anyone has posted anything on this, but Socketsite.com has a sneek peek of sorts regarding 706 Mission and its associated Mexican Museum plans. Looks like 47 stories at 550', a decent proposal for this space. I for one can't wait to see official renderings :)

Here's the background, but the update is on the cover page:

http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2008/07/muy_bien_proposal_to_restore_and_develop_adjacent_to_70.html

1977
Feb 1, 2011, 8:33 AM
Thanks Reminiscence. I am really excited about this project and am looking forward to some more detailed renderings as well. For now, here are the preliminary renderings from Socketsite:

http://www.socketsite.com/706%20Mission%20Tower%20Elevations.jpg

http://www.socketsite.com/706%20Mission%20Tower%20Integration.jpg

And a before shot of the Aronson Building:

http://www.socketsite.com/706%20Mission%202011.jpg

And after:

http://www.socketsite.com/706%20Mission%20North%20Elevation%20Rendering.jpg

Finally, an aerial view of the site:

http://www.socketsite.com/706%20Mission%20Site.jpg
Source: www.socketsite.com

ElDuderino
Feb 1, 2011, 7:20 PM
:previous: wow...cool project. Maybe it will block some views of the Marriott tower going up mission :tup:

Any timeline? It looks like the site is pretty much prepared

peanut gallery
Feb 1, 2011, 10:51 PM
I just posted the same update in the project thread (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=179766). It's been so long I almost forgot it had one.

As for timeline, it's still in the review and approval stage so it's a ways off. When word of this first came out there was talk of starting in late 2011 or early 2012. But who knows?

Reminiscence
Feb 2, 2011, 5:41 AM
I wasn't aware there even was a thread for this one, it was probably created when I was away for a while. I'm excited about this though, it looks really promising! I don't see it starting out until next year though, just because of the process it has to go through and the way the market is running. Hopefully it begins to recover soon so we can see some more activity in addition to this :)

ElDuderino
Feb 8, 2011, 6:48 PM
Mid-Market tax break plan in works to lure Twitter

John Coté, Chronicle Staff Writer

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is set to reveal his first major policy proposal today: tax credits designed to keep microblogging firm Twitter Inc. in the city by offering incentives to businesses that relocate to the blighted Mid-Market area.

The plan was still being negotiated late Monday with Supervisor Jane Kim, who represents the neighborhood, and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, but a central component would provide payroll tax exemptions for new employees hired by companies that move to the Market Street area roughly between Fifth and 10th streets....

...Jennifer Matz, director of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, said the proposal could provide the impetus for other companies to locate to Mid-Market, including a boutique hotel and Black Rock LLC, which runs the Burning Man festival. The incentives are similar to ones the city offered in 2004 to attract biotech companies. At that time there was a single biotech firm in San Francisco; now there are 74.

"This could tip the balance to having them make commitments to the area," Matz said. "It's not just a mechanism to get Twitter to stay. It will also be a vital tool for the central Market revitalization work that we're doing."....


full article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/08/MN4I1HK136.DTL

SFO terminal plan may make security check less grim

John King

As with any project boasting a $383 million price tag, Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport has Big Moves in abundance, starting with the 150-foot-long glass murals that flank the entrance.

But the detail I'm most interested in when the terminal opens this spring is whether the architects succeed at making the security gauntlet a bit less grim.

Nothing fancy is planned, just more (and nicer) chairs and benches beyond the metal detectors followed by a lounge-like space beyond that where you can catch your breath and decide what to do for the next hour of your life. If the architects pull this off, it will be the biggest breakthrough in airport design since the terrorist upheaval of Sept. 11, 2001....


full article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/08/DDKO1HIO18.DTL

CyberEric
Feb 9, 2011, 12:51 AM
Interesting, thanks for the story.
Is Twitter thinking about moving out?

ElDuderino
Feb 9, 2011, 1:08 AM
Interesting, thanks for the story.
Is Twitter thinking about moving out?

Yeah. Apparently they are running out of space in their current location and have been looking at places around Brisbane and South SF.

RST500
Feb 9, 2011, 1:28 AM
full article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/08/MN4I1HK136.DTL

What happened to the Mid Market "Sign District" Plan?

1977
Feb 9, 2011, 9:14 PM
What happened to the Mid Market "Sign District" Plan?

Prop D. was shot down by the voters in '09.

http://articles.sfgate.com/2009-11-04/bay-area/17179824_1_city-voters-recreation-centers-city-budget

northbay
Feb 10, 2011, 3:52 PM
news on rincon tower II:


Rincon developer seeks new partner
San Francisco Business Times - by JK Dineen
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 11:14am PST - Last Modified: Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 2:50pm PST

One Rincon Hill developer Mike Kriozere of Urban West Associates says he remains committed to the second tower of the stalled two-building development and is looking to bring in a new equity partner.

Kriozere said during the the recent "negative economic cycle" the "interests of the partnership became misaligned," and "we are now negotiating with a new partner."

"Our partners’ long-term interests – again, as an unforeseen result of the changed economic environment – had become different from ours, but Urban West remains committed to Tower II," said Kriozere. "And to that end, we are now negotiating with a new partner."

....

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2011/02/developer-we-remain-committed-to.html?ed=2011-02-09&s=article_du&ana=e_du_pub

ElDuderino
Feb 11, 2011, 1:38 AM
Pics of the new SFO terminal 2 opening in April

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/cmcginnis/detail?entry_id=82824&tsp=1

CyberEric
Feb 11, 2011, 5:48 PM
That terminal looks pretty nice! I didn't even realize a new one was being built and I was there this weekend.

Hopefully the new partner for Rincon Hill II helps get things in the right direction.

ElDuderino
Feb 11, 2011, 7:25 PM
:previous: The "new" terminal is a refurbished terminal 2 which used to be the international terminal. It has been closed for years. The refurbish really changed the whole structure though except for the basic shape.

1977
Feb 13, 2011, 5:25 AM
I was really hoping we would be getting a design tweak after reading Gerding Edlen purchased the parcel at 1285 Sutter - http://www.theregistrysf.com/RTRE_gerding_edlen.html. Unfortunately, after finding this (http://www.howardswright.com/wp-content/uploads/1285_external_copy.pdf), it's looking like we might be stuck with the original design as the 'schedule' and 'owner' info is up to date. I hope I'm wrong because Van Ness deserves much better.

http://images.loopnet.com/xnet/mainsite/attachments/viewImage.aspx?FileGuid=FB77330C-64FD-48EF-84EA-87CDFFA95D77&Extension=jpg&Width=631&Height=421
Source:http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/15782642/1285-Sutter-St-San-Francisco-CA/

pseudolus
Feb 13, 2011, 10:52 PM
Whole Foods/apartments on Ocean Avenue, today

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5097/5442712483_f907df4887_b.jpg

viewguysf
Feb 17, 2011, 11:44 AM
I was really hoping we would be getting a design tweak after reading Gerding Edlen purchased the parcel at 1285 Sutter - http://www.theregistrysf.com/RTRE_gerding_edlen.html. Unfortunately, after finding this (http://www.howardswright.com/wp-content/uploads/1285_external_copy.pdf), it's looking like we might be stuck with the original design as the 'schedule' and 'owner' info is up to date. I hope I'm wrong because Van Ness deserves much better.

Blah--no kidding--it certainly doesn't deserve this!

CyberEric
Feb 17, 2011, 6:52 PM
Yeah that building is so mediocre it has no business being on Van Ness, or anywhere where people care about a good design frankly.

RST500
Feb 19, 2011, 3:10 AM
Next phase begins for SF Central Subway project

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/traffic&id=7930099


Mayor Lee Announces Strong Federal Support For Central Subway Project

http://sfappeal.com/news/2011/02/mayor-lee-announces-strong-federal-support-for-central-subway-project.php

tommaso
Feb 19, 2011, 8:47 AM
Next phase begins for SF Central Subway project

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/traffic&id=7930099


Mayor Lee Announces Strong Federal Support For Central Subway Project

http://sfappeal.com/news/2011/02/mayor-lee-announces-strong-federal-support-for-central-subway-project.php

S.F. is well on its way to becoming a mini transportation heaven for those who love subways and underground trains! Yes! Go S.F.! It's party time on the West Coast!!! Time to get these subways rolling, people moving and the city buzzing :)

dr_strangelove
Feb 19, 2011, 10:39 PM
Next phase begins for SF Central Subway project

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/traffic&id=7930099


Mayor Lee Announces Strong Federal Support For Central Subway Project

http://sfappeal.com/news/2011/02/mayor-lee-announces-strong-federal-support-for-central-subway-project.php

The Central Subway is causing traffic nightmares in Union Square. I was driving down Stockton to reach 4th on Friday, and they had closed it down to through Traffic sending everybody through a detour down Post st. I sat in that gridlock for 45 minutes before taking off down another route. I can't imagine traffic being like that for 10 years- they are going to have to do something about it.

Gordo
Feb 20, 2011, 12:16 AM
The Central Subway is causing traffic nightmares in Union Square. I was driving down Stockton to reach 4th on Friday, and they had closed it down to through Traffic sending everybody through a detour down Post st. I sat in that gridlock for 45 minutes before taking off down another route. I can't imagine traffic being like that for 10 years- they are going to have to do something about it.

Why did they have it closed? It was my understanding that there wouldn't be more than a handful of days total during the entire construction period where any disruption on the surface would take place.

Part of the reason for the nosebleed cost is that they're building everything with the explicit goal of minimum to no disruption on the surface, rather than a cheaper cut and cover tunnel that would pass above the Muni/BART tunnel (through the mezzanine level).