November 19, 2012

Big Plans For Harrison Street Between Second And Third

Harrison Street Development Site

Having filed a preliminary application for development with San Francisco’s Planning Department, Cresleigh Development is proposing to build a 478,000-square-foot office building, a 406,000-square-foot residential tower and a 300-room hotel on five parcels along the south side of Harrison Street stretching from 400 Second Street to 665 Harrison.

According to the San Francisco Business Times, Skidmore Owings & Merrill has been hired as the architect, restaurants and retail would line the streets, and the development would incorporate the existing historic building at 645 Harrison.

Unknown developer seeks 1.3 million square foot project in SoMa [Business Times]

First Published: November 19, 2012 8:00 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

Well, this came out of the clear blue. Gives me hope for the misguided W. Soma plan.

[Editor’s Note: The area which would be regulated by the proposed Western SoMa plan doesn't extend below 4th Street.]

Posted by: Invented at November 19, 2012 8:20 AM

Glad to hear 645 will be incorporated rather than demolished. I've always liked the look of that building. It's also promising to hear SOM is involved. Can't wait to see their designs.

Posted by: Turin at November 19, 2012 9:01 AM


I'm also quite glad 645 will be kept. It was built in the mid 40s for A. Carlisle & Co., Printers, Lithographers, Stationers. When it was originally built, it had only three floors, the fourth floor was added later.

I also hope that 400 2nd St will be kept. It's a great turn-of-the-century warehouse that grew out of the expansion of railway spurs in SOMA. When it was built, the space for 645 Harrison was a mound of rock.

The permits however call for demolition of the "4-to-1 story buildings" which might include 400 2nd.

Posted by: Serge at November 19, 2012 9:14 AM

Awesome project - anything that adds more folks to the area is great, and I especially like anything that will help wall off the freeway more. It'd be great to eventually have a highrise wall along both sides, so that eventually the location of the freeway is almost impossible to notice from mid-block on either Bryant or Harrison.

Posted by: anon at November 19, 2012 9:20 AM

Great, my building faces hawthorne, if 1.5 years of jackhammers wasn't good enough coming from 680 folsom, I can look forward to this!

Posted by: mikemmmm at November 19, 2012 9:41 AM

When "unknown developers" are proposing "sweeping" developments of multiple towers is it possible that we are witnessing the beginnings of a bubble forming?

Posted by: mwsf at November 19, 2012 10:13 AM

Is the developer "Cresleigh" the same company as "Cresleigh Homes" in Sacramento? This would be very surprising if it was.

Posted by: Morgan at November 19, 2012 10:36 AM

I live less than 1/2 block from this site and am very encouraged by the prospects of this development. So what if there will be construction activity for a couple of years. That's all part of living in an ever growing and changing urban environment. If you want peace and quiet, move to the 'burbs.

Posted by: Neal at November 19, 2012 10:48 AM

^God I hope so. I'd love to get a huge amount of overbuilding and then a nice little drop in prices for a few years. It would really help the city a lot to massively overbuild (though I'm very leery that that's in fact what is going to happen here).

Posted by: anon at November 19, 2012 10:48 AM

Morgan: Yes, same developer. The LLC that owns the properties has a mailing address that is the same as Cresleigh Homes (their SF office).

Posted by: Serge at November 19, 2012 10:57 AM

Serge - thanks for the history on those two buildings. I love learning the background and past lives of our many historic structures. It's very much appreciated!

Posted by: Turin at November 19, 2012 11:34 AM

With regards to anon's comment, didn't the planning department block/comment on a project a couple of years ago saying it would "block motorists views" on the freeway?

Posted by: mw at November 19, 2012 4:30 PM

^^^ yeah, that sounds familiar to me as well, but I can't find any concrete reference to it.

Posted by: lyqwyd at November 19, 2012 4:48 PM

SF would rather have new residents live in coffins than build anything that would block old SF's view of the fog.

Posted by: sf at November 20, 2012 12:26 PM

Hey, just wondering if there is any news on this project. I live right in the area and am very interested in following how this develops. Thanks for all the great info!

Posted by: Tyler at March 21, 2013 11:12 AM

...wondering if there is any news on this project.

UPDATE: The Big Plans For This East SoMa Block, Bigger Than Planned In Fact.

Posted by: SocketSite at March 21, 2013 11:59 AM

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