April 7, 2008
San Francisco's Newest Tower Crane (For Trinity Plaza) Is In The Air
The excavation is over, the piles have been driven, and as a tipster notes, the tower crane for Phase I of Trinity Plaza is in the air. 1188 Mission, 440 apartments, “opening 2010.”
∙ JustQuotes: Phase I Of Trinity Plaza About To Break Ground [SocketSite]
First Published: April 7, 2008 4:02 PM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
I'm excited to see these go up!
More supply is desperately needed in the city.
Posted by: ex SF-er at April 7, 2008 4:42 PM
Excellent project that has been a looooong time coming. Now just need about 20,000 more units along Market from 5th to Octavia! (Not an exaggeration)
Posted by: Brutus at April 7, 2008 4:50 PM
Totally agreed. This project is sorely overdue. And I, for one, really like the design they've proposed (which will likely be bashed, protested, and changed 100 times before it's done).
Posted by: Dude at April 7, 2008 5:18 PM
I walked past this yesterday -- the housing will be a great addition to the mid-Market strip.
Posted by: tloin at April 7, 2008 5:28 PM
I'm so happy this is finally moving forward. Anything that helps to increase density and improve the quality of housing supply is a positive for me.
Posted by: pica1986 at April 7, 2008 5:29 PM
is this right next to soma grand?
Posted by: viewlover at April 7, 2008 7:10 PM
The building (first of four) currently under construction is right next to Soma Grand, yes.
Posted by: anon at April 7, 2008 7:14 PM
More infill developments. Definitely good for the city.
But isn't this going to completely block SomaGrand's western views?
Posted by: infinity buyer at April 7, 2008 11:48 PM
Yeah! More density! More housing!
Posted by: Tweety at April 8, 2008 7:48 AM
While the Trinity buildings will indeed block Soma Grand's western views, the sales office has been very upfront about that. During a sales event I attended a few months ago, they had renderings of the Trinity buildings in western-facing units. Accordingly, that side of the building is priced lower. That said, I overheard a prospective buyer remark how they loved the view of the sunset.
Posted by: minnarrez at April 8, 2008 8:09 AM
go ahead and let this block the view of the soma grand. not that the trinity is that much better of a sight from what can be gleaned of the renderings. but at least the banality that is the soma grand will be blocked from view.
hopefully the trinity plaza will elevate its game and give the city something exciting. i hear the trinity's facade will be a combo of stone, aluminum and glass. could be promising.
Posted by: Gabriel at April 8, 2008 10:36 AM
My partner and I will be moving into the SomaGrand in May. I agree that the exterior could have been more exciting, but much development in San Francisco is made even more horrendously expensive through the delays caused by the bureaucracy and special interest groups. If only private developments could be realized more like public works projects! I personally love being next to the juxtaposition of the post-modern Federal Building and the beaux arts 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, not to mention the grand scale of the Civic Center architecture: City Hall, Bill Graham Auditorium, SF Library, and the Asian Art Museum. I am looking forward to the completion of Trinity Place (no longer "Trinity Plaza"), along with the improvements that all the new residents and commercial activities will bring. Many of the blocks along Market and Mission are in dire need of change. Bring it on!!
Posted by: SomaGrandSoon at April 8, 2008 11:42 AM
Congratulations on your purchase, SomaGrandSoon! I made my first visit there the other day and I was very pleasantly surprised at how nice the units are inside.
Posted by: 94114 at April 8, 2008 11:45 AM
Units are nice at SomaGrand, but the neighborhood still need lots of work. Trinity will be a vast improvement when it's done.
Anytime you see barbed wire fencing surrounding the parking lots on that block, you know the area is still sketchy at best...
Posted by: missionbayres at April 8, 2008 12:24 PM
SF: more density. That is what the world needs, but especially here. I love crowded restaraunts, waiting in line for movies, driving around for parking, transient east coat smugs. More people means pressure, noise, pollution. East coast is a shit hole, Nor Cal was over in th 70's. Enjoy your posh NOPA.
Posted by: khb at April 9, 2008 8:12 PM
94114: Thanks, I am getting more excited each day! I was initially concerned about the lack of ventilation in the units (only one window that opens a few inches in the main living area), but east facing units get only morning sun, and west facing ones will be shadowed by Trinity Place buildings. Bedrooms get plenty of air. I think the units will be livable without air conditioning.
missionbayres: You're right, and it's the potential of the neighborhood that has me intrigued. The mix of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, nightlife, and easy transportation convinced me to make the leap. Even our weekend walk in Golden Gate Park, to which we previously always drove, is now possible via the N-Judah.
khb: I'm not sure I fully understand your post (posh NOPA? In San Francisco, that acronym typically stands for North Park, an entirely different area). People could certainly choose to live at any level of ex-urban enviroment: suburb, small town, rural, ranch. Each one has its compromises. The excitement of Manhattan (perhaps the most common U.S. urban example) is offset by congestion, pollution, and noise. Could it be mitigated somewhat? Yes, there is always room for improvement. However, I would suggest that the best solution is to evaluate your desires and tolerances and make appropriate choices accordingly.
Posted by: SomaGrandSoon at April 11, 2008 10:38 AM
SoMaGrandSoon: Welcome! I bought in the SG a month ago, and so far I'm very happy.
I am thinking about getting a ceiling fan after the last hot weekend, but five minutes with a screwdriver will fix it so you can open the windows to their full width. Just don't tell anybody - there's some sort of stupid City regulation about not letting people jump out of them, or some such.
I bought facing east partly because I didn't want to deal with the construction - I care less about the view than the noise and dirt that come with it. But the eastern view was surprisingly good and continues to make us happy, and I prefer the indirect sunshine to baking in an overheated west-facing unit. Being home all day, it's more important to me than to some folks.
Posted by: wheelchairgirl at April 15, 2008 10:46 PM