UPDATE (2/28): Sorry folks, but the renderings for 1450 Owens Street (Parcel 7), 1500 Owens Street (Parcel 5) and Parcel 26 in Mission Bay have been removed at the request of Alexandria Real Estate Equities (although a few will return in the not too distant future). If you didn’t see them, let this serve as a lesson to plug in early (and often). And if you did, let this once again serve as a lesson to not post “confidential” materials to a public facing website where a plugged-in tipster might find them.
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  1. Posted by luvinmissionbay

    Nice designs but it’s lookin a bit too much like a large corporate campus. I hope there’s enough retail along third so that it develops a neighborhood feel as opposed to a corporate cluster.

  2. Posted by anon8mizer

    These are interchangeable big boxes. Just like Walmart or Target, in a different reincarnation. Good luck creating “character” in that neighborhood.

  3. Posted by anon

    Uhh….Some of it is a corporate campus! e.g. the Old Navy building, for starters.
    Once all this development finishes I wonder where all the stoners will go. I’m sure they won’t be allowed to keep smoking up in their cars along Terry Francois next to Mission Rock. And I am curious how long it will take for Jelly’s and Mission rock to become wine bars, sushi joints or dog clothing stores.

  4. Posted by Rob

    What happened to the idea that south mission bay would be a mix of green space, residential, waterfront trails, large commercial, and small retail? Its looking right now like a lot a big boxes that are gonna block out the sun, condense those proposed green spaces into small patches of grass (or drought resistant plantings) and reduce the foot traffic down to only those working in the big boxes (i.e. South City’s Oyster Point). So much for it being an extension of South Beach. Is the talk of tearing down the concrete plant and turning it into a park still alive? Is dogpatch slated to become what Mission Bay was originally planned to be?

  5. Posted by Morgan

    Was anyone around in the early 90′s when Catellus was claiming they were going to build America’s finest “european” neighborhood in Mission Bay? Streets without cars, with retail, cafes, parks, canals, galleries, performance spaces. I have mentioned before that they sent designers on a world tour to study new neighborhoods that “got it right”. Trains, trams and electric bus lines would go down parkways, while other streets had the density of old Barcelona or Amsterdam. The architecture was sort of “new urbanist”, and mostly modern, but not commercial. And THIS is what we get? This is an edge city office campus like you would see out in the East Bay or Orange County, not an urban neighborhood.
    This also is another reminder to me that people who live in the city now, are not really city people at all. They don’t want to live in dense neighborhoods with a mixture of different economic groups, shops and architecture. They want buildings that could be in anywhere U.S.A., and are “tired” of older structures without parking and airconditioning. They want stucco, security cameras in the garage, doormen, and a place to walk the dog, but no real street life. I am going to predict that SOMA and Mission Bay are going to be more Los Angeles than Los Angeles, while L.A. goes the other direction with more unique neighborhoods that change organically like Silver Lake and Venice. Abbot Kinney Blvd. in only 8 years has become what San Francisco was. No chain stores,but REAL lofts, interesting galleries, rich & poor, new and old, all mixed together in a neighborhood where people walk and enjoy a world without corporate campus sterility .

  6. Posted by zzzzzzz

    LA native here. Yes, Venice and Abbott Kinney are great, but come on, they’re anything but typical in LA. Still LA gets MAJOR points for permitting the revitalization of Hollywood and downtown in ways SF’s anti-development zealots would never permit – starting with the restoration of order and public safety and including large-scale residential development. SF should only be so lucky.

  7. Posted by Mole Man

    Golly, Morgan! Do you think adding some bay windows might help? Good luck shoe horning real lofts and cultured city street life anywhere half million dollar base unit prices dictate that lawyers and high level account managers are among the most likely residents.

  8. Posted by sf

    OMG We’ve turned into Berkeley…

  9. Posted by citicritter

    …or Emeryville (though the renderings of the building at the top show a subtlety and tactility in the surfaces lacking in the lower corporate campus looking stuff.

  10. Posted by Zig

    Isn’t this just part of the economics of a master plan developer
    We want biotech and the jobs. I agree it could have been better, especially the residential, but all said it is better than having no new jobs and decades more of derelict railyards
    And I challenge anyone who thinks this is like other edge office parks to spend a day one exit away at Oyster Point (where I spend a decade working) and tell me this isn’t worlds better on every front

  11. Posted by Can't think of cool name

    Should be no surprise that plans are fluid until the first shovel full of dirt is turned over by a politician with a gold spray painted shovel in hand. If you don’t like what you see, wait 100 years until what is there is torn down and redone as something else.

  12. Posted by sf

    Looks much better than the industrial buildings of the last filthy century.

  13. Posted by TheRealScoop

    I love modern architecture – I really do. But it’s more appropriate (generally) for commercial use, not residential. It’s too “cold”. Anyone walk near the Beacon, Glassworks, Berry Street developments and feel any kind of neighborhood warmth? Millenium tower can be all glass b/c it has context with downtown…but a true residential neighborhood cannot be made of only glass, steel and un-ornamented concrete or prefab crap. Some homes need to be home-y…not all loft-y. Capisce?

  14. Posted by gghh

    http://www.jandcconsulting.com/
    Check out the “portfolio” section for a few more…Parcel 4, Avalon Tower III, and another Bosa development along the South side of the channel.

  15. Posted by who_deenie

    Hey, that 1500 Owens Street (Parcel 5) is pretty nice, as is the place along the waterfront. For the latter, the scale and the ratio of window to wall really work for me, as do the eaves created by the horizontal planes. The fenestration on the former is sweet.

  16. Posted by SocketSite

    Sorry folks, but the renderings for 1450 Owens Street (Parcel 7), 1500 Owens Street (Parcel 5) and Parcel 26 in Mission Bay have been removed at the request of Alexandria Real Estate Equities (although a few will return in the not too distant future).
    If you didn’t see them, let this serve as a lesson to plug in early (and often). And if you did, let this once again serve as a lesson to not post “confidential” materials to a public facing website where a plugged-in tipster might find them.

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