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Old Posted Feb 23, 2018, 12:29 AM
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Exclusive: Chinese-backed investor starts construction on rare Mid-Market condos
By Blanca Torres – Reporter, San Francisco Business Times
Feb 22, 2018, 2:27pm PST Updated 2 hours ago



Chinese-backed Z&L Properties Inc. started construction on a rare, 109-unit condo project at 1554 Market St. in San Francisco.

While more than 1,000 new homes under construction or ready to start construction in the Mid-Market area, most are apartments other than 1554 Market and Stage 1075, which is already selling units.

Foster City-based Z&L bought the site from Trumark Urban in 2015 for $23 million, according to property records.

The development, designed by Handel Architects, involves two 12-story towers with a shared courtyard that are connected by a sky bridge . . . .
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfranc...523&j=80151151

Hmmm. At 12 floors plus the roof deck and penthouses I guess this qualifies as a "highrise".
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2018, 4:02 AM
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Hmmm. At 12 floors plus the roof deck and penthouses I guess this qualifies as a "highrise".
Hmmm...maybe a midrise, but I’m happy to see it moving forward!
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2018, 5:16 AM
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Hmmm...maybe a midrise, but I’m happy to see it moving forward!
I was referring to the official SSP definition of "minimum 12 floors or 35 meters / 115 feet in height". So, realizing it meets that definition, I gave it a thread.
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Old Posted Feb 24, 2018, 5:02 PM
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speaking of mid-rises, the new one behind Solaire has had some more of its rough edges smoothed out



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Old Posted Feb 24, 2018, 7:09 PM
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and, randomly, the hotel at Third and Townsend's glass is showing

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sticking with the then-and-now theme, this is looking north down Beale from Harrison, comparing Feb 2004 with Feb 2018



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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 9:19 AM
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and from closer to Folsom (the 'then' pic could be from 2007 in this case; the date stamp on the jpeg is inaccurate, and I don't remember):




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tinbad you're the best. Great then and now pics. The transformation is incredble.
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tinbad you're the best. Great then and now pics. The transformation is incredble.
Timbad ~is~ the ultimate forumer!

The transformation of our traffic conditions are likewise incredible.
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The transformation of our traffic conditions are likewise incredible.
Took me 45 minutes to get from Downtown to Daly City yesterday (a Saturday for fucks sake!). Suicidal thoughts were at an all time high.
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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 6:41 PM
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^^I think I've mentioned this before, but once a year I leave the City for Arizona for the winter and almost as long as I've been doing this I plan my getaway for the middle of the night to escape traffic. But for the last several years there has been absolute gridlock getting onto the Bay Bridge even at 1 or 2 AM. The last 2 years I didn't even try and just drove on city streets to I-280, then took it south to San Jose and over the pass to I-5. I truly pitty those with a daily commute and I've noticed now that even the 42 Muni line from 4th & Townsend through SOMA to Van Ness gets ensnared in the traffic trying to get onto the bridge in the afternoon.
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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 7:23 PM
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The transformation of our traffic conditions is likewise incredible.
it's hard to believe the City has added about 100,000 people since that first pic was taken. thinking about it, though, I suspect (no data here) that much of the change in conditions comes from people entering SF from outside, since SF has done a pretty good job at putting its new housing in places where non-driving options are readily available. edit again: and conditions may have actually been improving slightly for a while there

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it's hard to believe the City has added about 100,000 people since that first pic was taken. and yes, too many of them drive
Much of the traffic is from people outside of the City who live in other Bay Area town/cities who need to commute into the City. While the City has added 100k+, the Bay Area has added closer to 1 million in the past 11 years
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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 7:48 PM
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Much of the traffic is from people outside of the City who live in other Bay Area town/cities who need to commute into the City. While the City has added 100k+, the Bay Area has added closer to 1 million in the past 11 years
ha, I was typing the same thing at the same time once I thought about it for a minute!
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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 9:06 PM
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couple other random things...

with the unveiling of the last mid-rise behind Solaire, you can now start to get a feel how Clementina Alley will feel there



the new bridge structure over Howard at Moscone

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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 10:53 PM
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not quite as dramatic, but this is looking north down Main St from Folsom, I believe Sep 2007, and Feb 2018



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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 11:01 PM
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and, looking east down Folsom from about First St, Feb 2004...



...and Feb 2018

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Pedestrian - thanks for the update. I have been looking at the hole in the ground for months & thought maybe the project would never happen. So glad to see some news on the development. I took my first picture in December 2016 of the demolition of the previous building on the site! Maybe the developer needed a place holder for the permit?
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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 11:29 PM
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Timbad - great before & after photos. I remember when that area South of Market was a desert of sand lots. I should have taken photos then! :------>)
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Old Posted Feb 26, 2018, 4:54 AM
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Thanks Timbad. The memories are so well consolidated of this corridor, and its transformation over the years, are still always there, but it makes all the more difference to have the visual comparison captured. appreciate your avid documentation and contribution!
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