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Old Posted Apr 26, 2012, 4:00 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO | One Van Ness | 400 ft. (122 m) | 34 floors











And what sits there now:



Article and images credit of SFGate, "Richard Meier & Partners tower planned in S.F." by John King, April 26, 2012
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...BAR01O4QT5.DTL

Architect: Richard Meier & Partners
Height: 400 feet (122 meters)
Floors: 34
Use: Residential

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Old Posted Apr 26, 2012, 4:08 PM
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I love this tower! Market and Van Ness should look like the major intersection it is, and this definitely looks like a step in the right direction.
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That is one sexy tower! Perfect location for it too. The Market/Van Ness cluster will look so different once all this is built out. I just hope it doesn't suffer the same fate as 8 Washington. One good thing, it's already zoned for 400' so they don't have to worry about special approvals for that.
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My boyfriend goes to the Conservatory of Music, and the parking lot across the street is very sketchy and out of place for such a dignified intersection. Unfortunately, the All Star Donut shop remains in the plans, however, hopefully by the time this is built, that plot will be purchased and razed.

I really like the flatiron look as it sits on a trapezoidal lot. The fact that it has been rezoned to 400' means that opposition should be very limited. It also is on top of a subway station, so what's not to love?
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Exactly. Plus, it will stand out quite nicely from most directions, so it should be beautiful and, dare I say, iconic. Think about how great this will look from Twin Peaks. It will really attract your attention, in a good way.
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It's interesting that they're calling it "One Van Ness" even though that dinky donut shop is technically cutting it off from Van Ness. Hopefully they can buy them out eventually.

I hope this one can survive the planning process. It's eye-catching, it meets the height requirements, and I don't think there are any parks nearby that would be shaded.

The design bears some resemblance to the sketches for 50 First St.
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Really digging the design!
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Beautiful building. It reminds me of the building that was proposed near North Beach that never got built due to its height. I think this location would present less opposition for all the reasons that everyone else has stated. Hope it gets built.
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Am I seeing this correctly--the closure of Oak Street at Van Ness?


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What a beautiful and elegant design this is! I was reading about it in The Chronicle today. I hope it gets built, we need more buildings with these flowing designs. A pleasant surprise it was to me!
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Beautiful building. It reminds me of the building that was proposed near North Beach that never got built due to its height.
555 Washington - First thing I thought of as well. Not a bad consolation prize!


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Am I seeing this correctly--the closure of Oak Street at Van Ness?
Good eye, fflint. I re-read the Chronicle piece and it definitely isn't mentioned. Am I crazy, or do I correctly recall something about re-routing that whole roundabout way you get to southbound Van Ness from Oak? Could it have something to do with that?
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Am I seeing this correctly--the closure of Oak Street at Van Ness?


http://imgs.sfgate.com/c/pictures/20...0110288881.jpg
The entrance to the Conservatory of Music is on that alley, so it wouldn't make sense to close it off completely or to have it served only for private residential use. I noticed that initially too.
Somewhat off topic- the Conservatory has excellent recitals that are free to the public- a good way to hear live classical chamber music in one of the best symphonies in the world (but I'm probably biased), so closing that off like that would be a horrible plan.
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Sampled from: http://imgs.sfgate.com/c/pictures/20...0110288881.jpg


Could this be an opening?
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I don't really get what is going on right there, and are they actually going to leave the building on the corner? That would look so damn funny next to this elegant new tower, which I am pretty excited about.
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Nice proposal. Reminds me of the Bitexco Tower in Vietnam.
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I'm guessing that's just a flub in the rendering, or they're proposing something that will get removed during planning. It sounds like this one is mostly conceptual at this point.

There's still a long, long way to go, and if this ever gets approved, it probably won't look too much like these renderings.
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Nice design and excellent location for this tower to stand out.
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Old Posted Apr 30, 2012, 6:48 PM
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I have not seen it mentioned yet but the most important point of this tower would be that it would be the tallest tower west of Van Ness. At 299', Cathedral Hill Tower is currently the "tallest in the west:"
At 400' this would be a quarter taller than that. It would be 50' taller than Fox Plaza and obfuscate it when viewing from the west (a huge plus in my book!)
I know that Post St. tower was planned at 407', but I haven't heard news on that one in years. Are the plans still active?
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I love this proposal, and bravo to the designer, but from looking at the renderings it seems that not much if any improvement for pedestrians are being made. This intersection is completely centered around auto traffic and can be frightening for peds. obviously I'm speculating, since there's not a ton of detail on the ground floor of the rendering, I'm just hoping that improvements are being considered.
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I went to the better market streets presentation tonight, and spoke with a couple of the people from one of the consulting or planning groups that are working with the city on the market st plan. I was generally discussing the market x van ness intersection (not development or high-rise specific) and both of them separately brought up this building. I take that as a positive that this project seems to be very much on the city's radar.
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