February 23, 2009
Coming Soon: The "Union" Of Bryant Commons And Coach House Lofts
A "big pit" and un-renovated historic brick building for seven years when the development of a dotcom office park stalled out, in 2007 the calling to become condominiums came.
Originally known as Bryant Commons (76 new "family townhomes and flats" at 2125 Bryant) and Coach House Lofts (23 "highly-stylized lofts in a classic, historic building" at 2101 Bryant), the project is now simply know as "Union."
Once expected spring 2008, now available "mid 2009" with a placeholder site for the ninety-nine one, two and three bedroom homes online.
First Published: February 23, 2009 7:30 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Fond memories of dotcom parties in that brick building back in the day. Big old windows are cool but penthouse units could be interesting if they have private patios.
Residential, retail or restaurant on the ground floor?
Posted by: Michael at February 23, 2009 11:40 AM
Posted by: lolcat_94123 at February 23, 2009 1:23 PM
I live a few blocks away and have been anxiously awaiting the completion to see if this is a hit or a dud. The brick facade is very nice IMO. Let's see about the floorplans now.
Posted by: Irwin Fletcher at February 23, 2009 2:14 PM
Posted by: spencer at February 23, 2009 2:57 PM
Oh the history that this building could tell. Mostly unpleasant. So, a group called SKS (with money from people like the State Teacher's Union) bought this space and displaced a few "artist/hipsters" -- offering them alternative space, btw. This act of open engagement made them a perfect target for the dreaded MAC, even tough as developers go these guys were the classier of acts. Anyhow, the dot.com bust happens and the property (known then as Bryant Square) gets switched to residential, but not before SKS parted from it. The new folks -- British folks called Palisades took over and did what is there now. It looks fine as far as I'm concerned, but I wonder aloud if they plan to rent out the downturn? One other side note (the most amazing if you ask me) is that the water table there is so high (8 ft in some spots) that they spent a lot of money refilling the hole with concrete, because otherwise the lighter residential structure on top would have floated up like a coffin in New Orleans...
Posted by: Missionary at February 23, 2009 3:42 PM
I am not sure where you got your information about the water table. It was my understanding that the hole was dug so deep for parking. When they changed the use to residential, they could not get that much parking approved, so they were required to fill-in the hole (with earth and concrete) to build the approved garage and structure.
Posted by: anon at February 23, 2009 4:12 PM
i live a couple of blocks from this thing too...i certainly like it more than the stalin-meets-central-valley-like-prision-complex, aka mosiaca. (and to think mosiaca was designed by a known architect, that dude dropped the ball on this project big time!)
as for union, not sure if i like the integration of the historic brick structure (which is cool) with its generic-loft-siamese-twin, but it's better than that big ass hole that was there forever.
and speaking of water table, i believe mission creek/lake/something seriously wet lurks right below the surface in that area. on the mosiaca project they had to insert these super long steel posts (~ 50' length) to get to bedrock.
Posted by: 45yo hipster at February 23, 2009 10:57 PM
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