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Old Posted May 24, 2013, 2:54 PM
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The plans have been tweaked (no more mini third tower, no more hotel and entertainment space), and resubmitted to planning:

As currently envisioned, the existing office/retail buildings at 50 First, 62 First, and 76-78 First Street would be raised to make room for a 850-foot tall, 59-story tower fronting First as well as a 605-foot tall, 56-story tower fronting Mission.

And as was previously proposed, the 850-foot Fifty First Street tower would contain 1,220,000 square feet of office space over ground-floor retail with a two-level subterranean parking garage with up to 187 off-street parking spaces.

Plans for the 605-foot Tower Two fronting Mission now call for 500 residential units over ground floor retail and a five level subterranean parking garage with up to 136 parking spaces. Earlier plans for the tower included hotel and entertainment components as well.

Plans for a third tower on the corner of First and Mission have been dropped and the existing building at 88 First Street would be rehabilitated as part of the 50 First project.

Noting that because of its height, "the proposed [850-foot] Tower One would stand out as a major landmark on the skyline," and as such "the design should exceed conventional standards and should be a stellar piece of contemporary architecture comparable to the best tall buildings worldwide," the Planning Department has offered a few suggestions for the tower's design, the images of which above are simply placeholders at this point:

"Consider design options that sculpt the building to create a unique feature on the skyline. The top of Tower One should feature a dynamic and interesting top that presents an interesting profile. To the extent that shadow considerations, based on further analysis, might prevent major additional decorative rooftop elements from rising above a height of 850 feet, the Department expects a reduction of sufficient occupied space at the top of the building below 850 feet to allow for a satisfying sculpted building top within the 850-foot height envelope."

As part of the project, Jessie Street would be rerouted and the portion of Tower One that spans the existing Jessie Street route would be converted into a three-story public galleria (Jessie Street Galleria); Elim Alley would be converted to a two-story galleria with lobby and retail uses (Elim Alley Galleria); and a public plaza would be built at the base of Tower Two.
I'm kind of glad the old building at the corner of Mission and first will be kept, rather than replacing it with a short 184' tower. That tiny old 3 story building won't be all alone anymore. The juxtaposition of old low/midrises right next to modern skyscrapers is gonna be really cool if these towers get built, so the more old buildings that get kept on that block, the better, IMO.
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