May 20, 2013

A Big Week And New Renderings For A Big SoMa Tower To Rise


With the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Millennium’s proposed 550-foot tower to rise at 706 Mission Street certified two months ago, this week San Francisco’s Planning Commission will hold a special session in which the 47-story tower with up to 215 condos over a four floor Mexican Museum is expected to be approved to be built upon the site:

Amongst the items on the Commission’s agenda, reclassifying the project site (click image above to enlarge) from a 400-foot to a 520-foot Height and Bulk District and agreeing that the building’s shadows would not be adverse to the neighborhood or Union Square.


The adjacent Aronson Building would be rehabilitated and attached to the tower. Parking for the development would be below-grade within the existing Jessie Square Garage with a total of 470 parking spaces, of which 210 would be public and 260 private.

550-Foot Museum And Condo Tower Prepares For A Critical Vote [SocketSite]
The 706 Mission Scoop: Design, Details And Timing For Museum Tower [SocketSite]
The Case For A Shorter (Or Perhaps Taller) Tower At 706 Mission? [SocketSite]

First Published: May 20, 2013 7:45 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

Build it! Good scale and positive infill for this site.

Posted by: Observer at May 20, 2013 9:56 AM

UPDATE: The Designs And Dollars For San Francisco's Mexican Museum (at the base of 706 Mission).

Posted by: SocketSite at May 20, 2013 10:17 AM

I just noticed the trees on the Aronson roof. I wonder if that will be a public space or just for the residents. Hopefully, the former. It will provide an interesting perspective on Yerba Buena.

Posted by: Turin at May 20, 2013 10:47 AM

@Turin based on the size of this development.. I'd assume it'll be Public Open Space...

Posted by: Rob at May 20, 2013 12:09 PM

Just me, or are they seriously messing with perspective in that bottom rendering? Market Street has never seemed more distant to me than it does there.

Posted by: Adam at May 20, 2013 5:26 PM

No mention that the building might get chopped by 40 feet?

"In response to the concerns regarding shadow raised by the Board of Supervisors, the Project Sponsor has proposed reducing the height of the proposed tower from a maximum roof height of 520 feet, to a roof height of 480 feet. The sculpted roofline shown in the previous iteration of the project would be retained, with the top of the mechanical penthouse reaching a height of 510 feet. No other changes to the tower envelope or architectural expression are proposed. The reduction in tower height would also reduce the number of dwelling units from a minimum of 162 units to a minimum of 145 units. As a result of the reduced height, the Project sponsor is no longer seeking approval of the “office flex” option described in the April 11 staff report."

Posted by: JL at May 21, 2013 12:11 AM

God, this town can be painfully provincial sometimes.
Because a bunch of rich NIMBYs who live in a high rise, want to prevent another high rise from being built next door - the planning commission throws a forty foot piece offering....
The NIMBYs walk away with just enough of a taste of power in their mouths...

Posted by: Joe at May 21, 2013 2:56 PM

Approved by the Commission at the 510 foot height. Vote was 4-3.

Posted by: Michael at May 24, 2013 3:38 PM

Posted by: SocketSite at May 31, 2013 11:38 AM

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