Speaking of height limits in San Francisco, the current zoning for the eastern two-thirds of the SoMa block roughly bounded by Second, Harrison, Third and the Caltrans parcel under Interstate 80 currently ranges from 45 to 85 feet in height with existing buildings ranging from 12 to 48 feet.
As part of the proposed Central Corridor Plan that’s in the works, with a draft plan that should soon be made public and is targeting approval in 2014, the block would be up-zoned for heights ranging from 130 to 200 feet.
The designs for the aforementioned 2 acre parcel above, however, include three new buildings ranging in height from 200 to 350 feet: a 300-room hotel with a retractable glass roof and roof-top bar; a residential tower with 400 units which would either be rented or sold depending upon the market at the time; and a 28-story office building wrapped in glass with floor to ceiling windows.
Even with the proposed up-zoning, the heights of the proposed 400 Second Street Project would exceed the height limit of the proposed designations. And as such, following the adoption of the Central Corridor Plan which the Planning Department will have spent a few years planning, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors would need to quickly approve a special Height District Reclassification in order for the Project to proceed.
The proposed project also includes 80,000 square feet of neighborhood retail and service stores, restaurants, and bars or lounges on the lower floors of the buildings.