350 Second Street

As we first reported earlier this year:

“While the preliminary plans for a 21-story hotel with 480 rooms to rise up to 200 feet in height across the Central SoMa parking lot at 350 Second Street were submitted to Planning a few years ago, said plans have been downsized and its mass has shifted.

As redesigned by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for the project team, which has yet to select/secure the proposed hotel’s flag/operator, the hotel’s 14-story tower component, which would rise to a zoned height of 130 feet, not including its 20 foot parapet, now fronts Second Street with a 7-story podium and the hotel’s lobby behind.

The shift in mass should come as welcome news to owners of higher-floor condos at 77 Dow and BLU (631 Folsom Street) which overlook the current 130-space parking lot.

The downsized plans now yield a total of 294 rooms, with a total of 18 valet parking spaces in an underground garage, a 3,100-square-foot restaurant/bar space fronting Second Street and a 2,800-square-foot enclosed “open space” on the corner of Second and Dow as newly rendered below.

And according to the development team’s target timeline, they’re aiming to open the hotel by mid-2020 which would require a ground breaking by the end of this year.”

And with the room count having sine been bumped to 297, the parking space count reduced to 17 and the restaurant/bar space fronting Second Street now measuring closer to 3,000 square feet, the plans for the proposed 350 Second Street hotel, which remains un-flagged, but is expected to be “a nationally-affiliated, upscale hotel,” are slated to be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission next week.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Hunter

    Good. All SF’s parking lots within a 15-minute walk from BART need to be built up, though preferably with housing.

  2. Posted by Anonymous

    Seems like an unnecessary downsizing, but it’s still a lot better than nothing.

  3. Posted by Amewsed

    17 parking spaces is a very small number considering all of the food and beverage trucks for the food/bar retail space, supply trucks, and parking for key employees and night shift managers for the hotel. Better to have ample space for these businesses to run properly than to have their trucks double parked and blocking traffic.

  4. Posted by Dave

    Is it known why the planned hotel is being downsized?

    • Posted by Chris

      Likely to avoid a battle over approval for the project. The downsized height now conforms to the existing zoned height for the lot.

    • Posted by donjuan

      The original design was wall to wall with the building behind it.

  5. Posted by Matt M

    Glad to see this going up!

  6. Posted by SFO

    Tacky boxes….no imagination.

  7. Posted by Glaucon

    This downsized design will still block most of the Northwest facing windows of the 600 Harrison office building, right? Lot-line windows of course, still sucks if you have a desk at the window there. Nice to see a sizable building replace a parking lot though.

  8. Posted by Invented

    Sophisticated, confident, restrained look. Refreshing especially with so many look-at-me buildings rising.

  9. Posted by Peter S.

    Why does every parking lot need to be a building? What about putting in more parks?

    • Posted by Anonymous

      There’s already a good sized public plaza directly across the street and several parks within a few blocks.

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