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Office Rents In San Francisco Up 81% Since 2010, And Climbing

Office Rents In San Francisco Up 81% Since 2010, And Climbing

There is over 4 million square feet of office space under development in San Francisco, the largest pipeline of commercial space in over thirty years.  That being said, the majority of that pipeline won’t be ready for occupancy until post-2015 and over half has already been speculatively pre-leased by companies such as Salesforce and LinkedIn. Read More »

McDonald’s Site Near AT&T Park Slated For 10-Story Hotel

McDonald’s Site Near AT&T Park Slated For 10-Story Hotel

The plans for the SoMa parcel upon which McDonald’s sits on the southeast corner of Third and Townsend near AT&T Park have been revealed: Stonebridge Companies, a Colorado-based hotel development and management company, plans to build a 10-story, 225-room hotel on the 701 Third Street site which is zoned for development up to 105-feet in height. In terms Read More »

Designs For A New Cafe And More At 7th And Brannan

Designs For A New Cafe And More At 7th And Brannan

Susie’s Café has closed.  Ed’s Auto Service was boarded up.  And as proposed and permitted, a 40-foot building with 5 little commercial spaces will be built on the southeast corner of 7th and Brannan. Designed by Levy Design Partners, the 603 7th Street project will yield 4,125 square feet of space, with roll-up doors along Read More »

State Bar Seeking To Cash Out In San Francisco

State Bar Seeking To Cash Out In San Francisco

According to a plugged-in tipster, the State Bar of California is planning put their 13-story building at 180 Howard Street on the market.  While the building will be offered without a price, apparently the State Bar has been counseled to expect bids well north of $100 million for the 200,000 square foot building. Any sale Read More »

Google Expands San Francisco Footprint By Over Fifty Percent

Google Expands San Francisco Footprint By Over Fifty Percent

With an estimated 2,500 employees in the city, behind Salesforce with an estimated 4,000 and ahead of Twitter with an estimated 1,500, Google is the second largest tech employer in San Francisco. And while rumors of Google’s move to secure either the Transbay Tower (now Salesforce Tower) or Salesforce’s Mission Bay parcels (the heart of Read More »

A Peek Inside 222 Second Street’s Public Space And Art

A Peek Inside 222 Second Street’s Public Space And Art

Already fully pre-leased to LinkedIn, Tishman Speyer’s 450,000-square-foot building rising on the southwest corner of Second and Howard will reach 26 stories in height and should be ready for occupancy in 2017. Designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners and Gensler, the glass-shingled façade of 222 Second Street will be punctuated by 22-foot high portals opening Read More »

Legislation To Block Pinterest Move Advances To Board

Legislation To Block Pinterest Move Advances To Board

Despite an offer by the owners of the San Francisco Design Center to cover up to $3 million in relocation costs for tenants which would be displaced by the conversion of the Center to general office use and leasing of much of the building to Pinterest, and Pinterest’s offer to pay displaced tenants’ first and Read More »

Port’s Plan For Pier 29: Themed Retail/Restaurant Marketplace

Port’s Plan For Pier 29: Themed Retail/Restaurant Marketplace

With San Francisco no longer in the running to host the 35th America’s Cup, the Port is preparing to issue a request for proposals to redevelop San Francisco’s Pier 29.  The Port’s vision for the pier: “A San Francisco Bay Area themed marketplace that brings together a collection of successful San Francisco retailers/restaurateurs.” One possibility Read More »

Loophole In Bill To Close Prop 13 Loophole Removed

Designed to close a loophole in Proposition 13 which has allowed businesses to avoid property tax reassessments upon the purchase of a property, Tom Ammiano’s proposed Assembly Bill 2372 aims to refine what constitutes a sale. But as originally drafted, the bill would have created a loophole of its own. The current definition of a change Read More »

SoMa Rising: Designs For Nine Stories And More Housing On Harrison

SoMa Rising: Designs For Nine Stories And More Housing On Harrison

The plans to raze Ed’s Autohaus at 768 Harrison Street and construct a nine-story building with 26 residential units, nearly 5,000 square feet of office space, and a 600 square foot retail space adjacent to Cubix are making their way through planning. As designed by Ian Birchall and Associates, the development’s twenty one-bedrooms would average Read More »

Winning Designs And Beer Hall Concept For Hayes Valley Parcel

Winning Designs And Beer Hall Concept For Hayes Valley Parcel

As we first reported earlier today, a familiar development team has been selected by the City to develop former Central Freeway Parcel T which fronts Octavia Boulevard between Page and Rose in Hayes Valley.  And we now have the full scoop, designs and details to share. As designed by Edmonds + Lee Architects, the modern Read More »

Marijuana Coming To The Marina?

Marijuana Coming To The Marina?

The new owners of a Lombard Street building have hired an attorney to explore the possibility of opening the first (legal) medical marijuana dispensary in the Marina. Having determined that the United Studios of Self-Defense, a martial arts studio a few doors down from the possible dispensary site at 2412 Lombard Street, does not constitute Read More »

Big Plans And Stunning Designs For A 300-Foot SoMa Tower

Big Plans And Stunning Designs For A 300-Foot SoMa Tower

While currently only zoned for development up to 85 feet in height, STUDIOS Architecture has drafted two variants of a modern tower to rise up to 300-feet at 330 Townsend Street, across the street from the current Caltrain Station and a block away from a future Central Subway stop. As proposed by the CIM Group Read More »

Delving Into Great Ground Floor Design

From the introduction to David Baker and Amanda Loper’s Focus on the First 20 Feet photo essay in the Urbanist, a compliment to Benjamin Grant’s piece on the importance of great ground floor design: “Humans have evolved to scan their surroundings to scout for threats and opportunities. In the modern city, a speeding bus rather Read More »

Local Brewing Co. Planning To Tap SoMa Warehouse Site

Local Brewing Co. Planning To Tap SoMa Warehouse Site

The Local Brewing Co. is circling the 3,500 square foot warehouse space at 69 Bluxome Street, a few doors down from the Bluxome Street Winery between 4th and 5th, with plans to establish a small-batch brewery and tap room within. While the building isn’t specifically zoned for a brewery, it is zoned for “Light Manufacturing” and San Francisco’s Read More »