December 18, 2012

Butterflies Facing Eviction As 45 Lansing Lands A General Contractor

45 Lansing: Site (

According to a plugged-in source, Build Group has been selected as the general contractor for the construction of the 39-story tower to rise at 45 Lansing.

45 Lansing Rendering 2011

With construction permits in hand, as we first reported last month, the butterflies will likely soon be evicted from the Lansing Street Pollinator Garden on the site.

45 Lansing Take Two: Latest Renderings And Smaller Units Proposed [SocketSite]
Permit Issued For 39 Stories And 320 Condos At 45 Lansing To Rise [SocketSite]
‘∙ 45 Lansing: Busy As For The Bees As Another Extension Is Expected [SocketSite]

First Published: December 18, 2012 6:30 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

I walk by this everyday and I've never seen butterflies here - just trash and homeless people. Glad to see these empty lots are getting some use!

Posted by: Evan at December 18, 2012 9:35 AM

Great news!

Posted by: martin at December 18, 2012 9:50 AM

Another boring glass tower. Are we condemned to get no architecture of interest or innovation? Why does Chicago get a building like the Aqua, but we don't?


Posted by: jlasf at December 18, 2012 10:44 AM

Because Chicago is a city that puts value and emphasis on outcome while SF generally could care less about outcome and cares only about process without end forever.

Posted by: joe at December 18, 2012 10:53 AM

"Because Chicago is a city that puts value and emphasis on outcome while SF generally could care less about outcome and cares only about process without end forever." -joe

What a load of BS.

As for this tower, it's not an amazing design at all, but at least it's not ugly or 100% boring. And we get more housing. Seems good to me.

Posted by: cbf at December 18, 2012 11:45 AM

I feel for the owners at the Lansing across the street. They are going to lose a lot of natural light and some views. I guess they knew that this building was going up when they bought their units. Anyway, in return this building will reduce some of the bay bridge noise for them so that's a positive.

Posted by: Willow at December 18, 2012 12:08 PM

This is just another shoe box. Postings in recent months must add up to tens of thousands of new people in SF, virtually a new city mostly south of Market.

Fair warning to the so-called "progressives": San Francisco is going to be a normal non-crazy American city soon.

Perhaps it is time for someone (? Kevin Starr) to begin working on an amusing history of San Francisco at the turn of the century, with an all-star cast of Chris, Aaron, Ross, Christina Olague, and their elder Art Agnos. Some day people may look back with bemused nostalgia at the era.

Posted by: conifer at December 18, 2012 1:17 PM

wow, the link to the Aqua in chicago is awesome! that really is an amazing building which I would love to have here.

sf does suffers from endless process -- why put the effort into creating a unique design when you have a 80% of getting the project shot down and redesigned 8 times before approval?

Posted by: BigV at December 18, 2012 1:41 PM

How can anyone think that SF cares more about outcome than process????

Posted by: joe at December 18, 2012 3:29 PM

I agree...after a while, many of these buildings all start looking the same. Boring, boring, boring.

As for more housing, I really see a middle-class family of four setting up house in one of these condos. Where in the world is the SF initiative to build more affordable housing for the middle class? In most cases only a handful of the least desirable units in developments go to lower-income owners.

Posted by: Mark at December 18, 2012 4:22 PM

"How can anyone think that SF cares more about outcome than process????" -joe

SF doesn't care about anything. It's a city, not a person.

And just because there's a long process to build things in SF doesn't mean no one cares about the outcome. If no one cared about outcome, there wouldn't be so many rules about height, setbacks, shadows, view obstruction, fitting with the "character" of a neighborhood, environmental impact reports, etc. In fact caring so much about the outcome in those kinds of ways, and giving so many people a voice in the process, are some of the primary reasons why the process can be so long.

Posted by: cbf at December 18, 2012 4:36 PM

Is that reddish building across the street the one that has the outdoor pool directly underneath the bay bridge?

Posted by: lolcat_94123 at December 18, 2012 4:45 PM

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