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Warriors Arena Redesigned, Enough To Quell The Toilet Snark?

Warriors Arena Redesigned, Enough To Quell The Toilet Snark?

It hasn’t yet been officially released nor distributed, but the conceptual design for the Golden State Warriors proposed arena to rise in Mission Bay has been revised, perhaps in part to flush the snarky commentary the earlier plan evoked. The most noticeable change to design, as newly outlined above, is along the northeast corner of the Read More »

550-Foot Block 5 Tower And Terraces In Context

550-Foot Block 5 Tower And Terraces In Context

As we first revealed last week, the designs for the proposed 550-foot office tower to rise on the northeast corner of Howard and Beale, also known as Transbay Block 5, have been revised and now include a series of large terraces on both the northwest and southeast corners of the building. And we now have Read More »

Underbuilding Along San Francisco’s New Transit Spine

Underbuilding Along San Francisco’s New Transit Spine

Speaking of development along San Francisco’s emergent Fourth Street Transit spine, while the City’s Central SoMa Plan envisions up-zoning the southwest corner of Brannan and Fourth to allow a tower of up to 250-feet to rise on the site, TMG Partners appears to be moving forward with plans to build a six-story building on a large Read More »

Union Square Rents Rocket, Strongest Growth Worldwide

Union Square Rents Rocket, Strongest Growth Worldwide

Rents for retail spaces around San Francisco’s Union Square have increased at the fastest pace of all prime retail areas across the globe over the past year, up 30 percent to an average of $650 per square-foot per year, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s latest Main Streets Across the World report. That being said, the average Read More »

Swedish American Hall Should Be A Landmark, Ja?

Swedish American Hall Should Be A Landmark, Ja?

Designed by Swedish-born master architect August Nordin and built in 1907, the Swedish American Hall at 2168 Market Street is on its way to becoming an official San Francisco landmark. From the Planning Department’s Draft Landmark Designation report for the building, the renovation of which is nearing completion and includes a new Basque-inspired restaurant (“Aatxe”) Read More »

“Urban Outlet” Retail Center To Rise On Candlestick Point

“Urban Outlet” Retail Center To Rise On Candlestick Point

An agreement to develop a 500,000-square-foot “urban outlet” retail center on the site of the soon-to-be-former Candlestick Park has been signed and the shopping center is slated to open in 2017, developed in partnership between Lennar, the neighborhood’s master developer, and retail developer Macerich, the developer of The Village at Corte Madera and Broadway Plaza in Read More »

Redesigned To Blow You Away, But Hopefully Not Off A Balcony

Redesigned To Blow You Away, But Hopefully Not Off A Balcony

As you might have guessed, it’s not only the ground floor of the proposed Transbay Block 5 office tower to rise on the northeast corner of Howard and Beale which has been refined and redesigned, but the entire 550-foot building. Large outdoor terraces still step-up the side of the tower, a central element of the design Read More »

New Plans For Transbay Block To Contribute To The Public Realm

New Plans For Transbay Block To Contribute To The Public Realm

The ground floor plan and lobby for the proposed 550-foot office tower to rise on Transbay Block 5 at the corner of Howard and Beale have been completely redesigned by the building’s architects (Goettsch Partners and SCB) to make “a more positive contribution to the public realm” and “a stronger connection to its block and adjacent properties.” Read More »

Three Chains Angling For Castro Street Openings

Three Chains Angling For Castro Street Openings

Philz Coffee, Hamburger Mary’s and SoulCycle are all angling to land on Castro Street and the one hearing which could clear the way for all three to land on the street has been scheduled for December 4. As proposed, SoulCycle will take over the iconic Bank of America building formerly occupied by Diesel at 400 Read More »

New Designs And Timing For Big Mission Bay Hotel

New Designs And Timing For Big Mission Bay Hotel

The designs for the 250-room SoMa Mission Bay Hotel to rise on the northwest corner of Third and Channel Streets have been refined and the developer is now planning to start construction in the fourth quarter of 2015. The project includes a 40-foot podium that defines the street edge along Third and Channel Streets…and a Read More »

Salesforce Paying $640 Million For 50 Fremont Street Tower

Considering that Salesforce.com signed an 18-year lease for over half the 817,000-square-foot building they currently occupy at 50 Fremont in 2012, a lease which includes the right to buy the building in 2017, it really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the company is reportedly in contract to buy the 43-story building. Read More »

Office Rents In S.F. Forecast To Climb, But Not As Fast As In Boston

Office Rents In S.F. Forecast To Climb, But Not As Fast As In Boston

With demand for office space in San Francisco at an all-time high and office rents having increased 15 percent over the past year and nearly doubling since the first quarter of 2010, Cushman & Wakefield is forecasting that office rents in the city will increase by another 6 percent a year in 2015 and 2016. If the forecast Read More »

Commonwealth Club’s Embarcadero Plan Challenged

Commonwealth Club’s Embarcadero Plan Challenged

The Commonwealth Club’s proposed renovation and expansion of the vacant two-story building adjacent to the Audiffred Building (aka “Boulevard”) was only a few days away from being permitted when the Rincon Point Neighbors Association requested a hearing to challenge the plan. From the hearing request: “This building is one of the most historic in San Read More »

Designs For Micro-Units And More Adjacent To City Beer Store

Designs For Micro-Units And More Adjacent To City Beer Store

As we first reported last year, David Baker + Partners has been working on plans for 42 market-rate “micro-units” over ground-floor retail and a second floor of office space to be built at 1178 Folsom Street, adjacent to “the City Beer Store building” (aka 1168 Folsom Street) in western SoMa. As designed, the development would Read More »

Two Large Tech Companies Circling Oakland’s Sears Building

Two Large Tech Companies Circling Oakland’s Sears Building

Without naming names, two “large technology companies” are reportedly in discussions to lease the entire Sears Building in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood which the department store vacated in September. The 400,000-square-foot building, which was built for the H. C. Capwell Company in 1929 and fronts Broadway, Telegraph Avenue and 20th Street, was acquired by Lane Partners for Read More »