Mission Bay Block 7 West Rendering

The timeline for the groundbreaking of the 200-unit apartment building to rise on the western portion of Mission Bay Block 7, fronting Fourth Street between China Basin and Mission Bay Boulevard North, has slipped by about a month from April to May, but the development remains on-track to be ready for occupancy by the end of 2016.

Originally intended to be developed by UCSF, which would have provided occupancy preferences for UCSF employees, 588 Mission Bay Boulevard North is now being developed by Related California along with the Chinatown Community Development Center and will target households with incomes averaging up to 60 percent of the Area Median.

And while UCSF families will no longer be given any specific preferences for securing an apartment, employees of universities and health care institutions in San Francisco will be given a general preference for 50 of the project’s 200 units.

As designed by David Baker Architects, the four-story development will include 10,000-square-feet of retail space along Fourth Street and could support up to eight (8) individual retailers and restaurants.

Mission Bay Block 7 West: Fourth Street

The eastern quarter of Mission Bay Block 7 which fronts Third Street is being developed by Family House to provide temporary housing for families of seriously ill patients receiving treatment at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Mission Bay Block 7 Aerial

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Joshua

    Most cities try to get rid of their rusty old buildings.

  2. Posted by Futurist

    Another very crisp, modern project by David Baker: strong, geometric forms with a varied fenestration; darkly colored insets to emphasize the blocks along the long façade; minimal, clean detailing, not overly “designed”. The (assumed) Cor-ten steel panels will weather nicely and offer a strong contrast to the lighter color exterior cladding.

    From the history of Baker’s work, most of it is well built and designed for a tight budget, and rarely, from what I have seen the projects do not get “valued engineered” downward with regard to quality.

    • Posted by Joshua

      Posted by San Francisco 3 months ago
      from the Cor-Ten website FAQ:

      Q: Will the rust stain the surrounding areas?

      A: Yes, rust runoff will likely stain the surrounding areas.

      • Posted by Futurist

        And yet, that’s NO reason not to use Cor-ten products. Rust is natural. Buildings, humans cars and other objects, at times, all stain and mark surfaces.

        They are a valid material use for the exterior of buildings.

        • Posted by anon

          There are ways to detail the Cor-Ten façade so that the runoff is contained. Not that hard to do.

  3. Posted by moto mayhem

    massive on the wide scale. why are we building these building that are longer from side to side than top to bottom. looks like a UPS box.

    • Posted by Futurist

      Probably because that particular block of MB is zoned for that height. There are other buildings nearby much taller. Varied building heights makes for good urban planning. Not every building here needs to be taller.

  4. Posted by Keith Carter

    Cor-Ten will fail near salt water and humidity. Seattle didn’t work so well, in HI saw premature failures.

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