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Old Posted Sep 30, 2019, 7:01 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO | 450 O'Farrell St | APPROX 130 FT | 13 FLOORS

Plans to redevelop the Tenderloin parcel upon which the columned Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist sits at 450 O’Farrell Street were approved last September, with designs for a new 13-story, mixed-use building to rise behind the church’s existing façade, and around the corner, having been drawn.

But as a condition of the project’s approval, the project team agreed to redesign the lower levels of the development to eliminate the existing colonnade and yield a building that is “contemporary but compatible” with the surrounding historic district.

The revised plans for the project, as newly rendered by BDE Architecture below, will be presented to San Francisco’s Planning Commission this week, after which permits for the development, which is slated to yield 176 residential units along with a new church and a ground floor restaurant/retail space, while razing Shalimar around the corner, to which a spur of the development extends, could be issued and Trammell Crow Residential (TCR) could soon break ground.

(The new O'Farrell St. facade is proposed to look like this)

The massing, which is little changed, would have looked like this (with preservation of the old church facade):


. . . the project as proposed still includes the redevelopment of the parcel at 532 Jones Street as well, upon which the iconic Tenderloin restaurant Shalimar currently sits and connects to the bulk of the site behind, the height of the replacement spur has now been reduced to four (4) stories from eight (8).


WHY they reduced the height of the Jones St. "spur" is beyond me--the short little stucture proposed to me looks silly. Probably it's to preserve "air" and views for the windows of the adjacent buildings.
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