888 Brannan
In 2010, the Planning Commission approved the conversion of 138,580 of the 423,133 square feet between the interconnected buildings at 850 Brannan and 870 Brannan, collectively known as the 888 Brannan GiftCenter and JewelryMart, from production, distribution and repair (PDR) to office use.
Foreclosed upon by Wells Fargo prior to conversion, SKS Investments acquired 888 Brannan for $36 million in 2011 and is now seeking approval to convert a total of 257,243 square feet from PDR to office use “suited to technology tenants.”
The more prominent of the two buildings, 870 Brannan is the five-story reinforced concrete building on the corner of 8th and Brannan which was constructed in 1917 and is on the National Register of Historic Places and California Register of Historical Resources.
888 Brannan Historic
As part of the conversion, the exterior of 870 Brannan would be rehabilitated with repaired or replacement windows, behind which parking for 31 cars and 80 bikes will be added.
888 Brannan Rehab Rendering
With the support of the Planning Department, and scheduled to be reviewed by the Commission this week, the sponsors hope to start reconstruction next month.
Request and Plans for the redevelopment of 888 Brannan [sfplanning.org]

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    Good conversion. This place is in a great place for tech office space.

  2. Posted by Wai Yip Tung

    888, a very fortuitous number for Chinese, is a great address for JewelryMart. Still it does not pay the rent? These days tech companies selling virtual jewelry in social games is hotter than real jewelry companies.
    [Editor’s Note: According to the application, around 75% of the showroom space at 888 Brannan is vacant as the gift merchandising business has move online.]

  3. Posted by BobN

    Maybe it was inevitable, but it sure seems to me that “planning” has had a huge role in destroying SF’s design district.

  4. Posted by Invented

    Natl Register — really?
    How does a massive 1-2-story billboard end up on top of a National Register building? Sheesh.
    But maybe it’ll mean the windows won’t be replaced with single sheet dark green glass, (or worse, mirrored) windows — making it look like a storage locker (as seen elsewhere in SOMA).

  5. Posted by DCR

    As long as Dos Amigos doesn’t go away!! Love their food.

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