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Old Posted Jan 12, 2007, 9:15 AM
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SAN FRANCISCO | 524 Howard St | 535 FT | 49 Floors

I believe the following Business Times article makes it reasonable to start a thread for this as a "proposal":

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Developers dust off plans to build SoMa office tower
San Francisco Business Times - January 5, 2007
by J.K. Dineen and Ryan Tate
A stealth contender among the next crop of downtown San Francisco office buildings, 524 Howard St. seemed to have fallen off the map.

But perhaps not for long, according to developer Higgins Development Partners, which owns the parcel along with financial partner Pritzker Realty.

A 23-story building designed by HellerManus, 524 Howard St. was approved in 2000 and put on ice after the tech boom soured. On a mid-block site between First and Second streets, the project will include 202,000 square feet of office space. Swinerton is the contractor.

With rents rising rapidly in the south financial district, it's time to dust off the plans, said Nader Shah, senior VP of Higgins Development Partners.

"We believe the market has come back and we'll be taking a hard look at it in the first half of 2007," he said.

Higgins, based in Chicago, developed the 820,000-square-foot Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale and the Hyatt Center, a 47-story tower in Chicago.

The building at 524 Howard St. would be its first project in San Francisco.

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfranci...ml?t=printable
Here are renderings from the architect's (Heller-Manus) site:





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Old Posted Jan 5, 2008, 10:38 PM
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Old Posted Jan 6, 2008, 1:50 AM
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^^^It's as dead or undead as the spec office market. Time will tell.
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^^^It's as dead or undead as the spec office market. Time will tell.
A year and a half after my last posting here, time has now told us.
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Old Posted Jun 1, 2009, 9:19 AM
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no way this is getting built any time soon with all the open office space in the city, though it would have been a nice addition to the area (and it's silhouette is still shown in the the transbay video).
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Old Posted Oct 15, 2009, 11:21 PM
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Updates...

What's the plan for this site now? And where are the official renders?
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Old Posted Nov 11, 2012, 9:39 PM
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update

just to bring this thread a bit more up-to-date, here was socketsite from 2011, when Planning was considering approving the existing parking lot on the site for 2 more years, and from this past June, a blurb mentioning that the site has been acquired by an affiliate of Crescent Heights. no word on plans, tho.
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Old Posted Jun 10, 2013, 3:17 AM
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"coming soon"?

was a bit surprised to see this on the site when I walked by yesterday:



maybe one of our super-sleuths can come up with the renderings to post here
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Old Posted Jun 10, 2013, 4:05 AM
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Nice! As usual, this is a huge improvement over the original Heller Manus proposal--open the link in timbad's 11/11/12 post to see it.
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Old Posted Jun 10, 2013, 5:43 AM
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Wow, nice find! It looks like this new proposal takes full advantage of the new 450' height limit added by the Transbay Plan. Just eyeballing that rendering, it looks like it's 40+ stories.

The Transbay Plan suggested that the building on this parcel could have a direct connection to the Transit Center, but none is depicted here.

The rear design reminds me of a skinny residential tower in Manhattan, although that one is on a much skinner lot.
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That is a really cool building.
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Old Posted Jun 10, 2013, 9:15 AM
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Great find timbad, another one to block my view of the Bay Bridge. J/k, but its almost ridiculous how fast these buildings are coming out of the woodwork. Imagine this area in 5-10 years...an entirely new extension of downtown for SF.
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Old Posted Jun 11, 2013, 9:11 PM
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Oh man, that rendering is awesome! In an era of dozens of exciting new projects, this may have jumped to the top of my radar, simply because the narrow footprint will become more prevalent down the line once the bigger lots are all snapped up. Would love to see this get built and see how it looks in the skyline.

Any more info on this? Based on the balcony inclusion and design, it looks like this iteration will be focused primarily on condos?
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Nice find, timbad. Kind of reminds me of a better designed and taller Blu.
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Old Posted Jun 13, 2013, 2:35 AM
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Yes, great find. I love how slender this one looks from the south/north.
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Old Posted Jun 25, 2013, 2:10 AM
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The Planning Commission is set to approve a continuation of the "temporary" parking lot at the hearing on July 11:

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2013.0211C: 524 HOWARD STREET – north side between First and Second Streets; Lot 013 in Assessor’s Block 3721 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 156 and 303, to allow the continued operation of an existing temporary surface parking lot within the C-3-O (SD) District, the Transbay C-3 Special Use District, the Transit Center C-3-O(SD) Commercial Special Use District, and the 450-S Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.
Maybe we will get an update from the developer on a new timeline for this project?
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Old Posted Jul 9, 2013, 4:56 AM
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socketsite chimes in, but not much new info
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timbad, you beat Socketsite to it by an entire month!
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Old Posted Jul 11, 2013, 5:43 AM
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An article in the Business Times reveals that the designer is Glenn Rescalvo of Handel Architects, who also designed NEMA. It also says:

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If the project is consistent with the Transbay plan, as it appears to be, it would not require a full-blown environmental review, according to planning staff.
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Old Posted Jul 12, 2013, 8:32 AM
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timbad, you beat Socketsite to it by an entire month!
and I got no credit from Business Times, what's up with that?!
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