[maxgallery name=”801-brannan-street-one-henry-adams-map”]A thick billowing mass of fog floated above the city and wept a gentle mist that dampened the sidewalks and chilled the air. My phone read noon but darkened skies made it feel more like twilight. Gloomy, empty roads. Does anyone live around here? I pondered as I walked down the streets with the jumbo sized Zynga dog banner hanging nearby. My goal was to find and survey two properties currently under development in the Showplace Square neighborhood: 801 Brannan and One Henry Adams. Real estate firm Equity Residential (EQR) is developing a handful of buildings on both sites that will add 821 apartments, 31,420 sq. feet of retail space, and hopefully life, energy, and density to an otherwise lonely stretch of the neighborhood.
801 Brannan Street
[maxgallery name=”801-brannan-street-spring-2015″]801 Brannan Street sits on roughly half of a SoMa style supersized block. The vast 5.2 acre plot of land, which extends from 7th to 8th street, is currently experiencing a heavy machinery buildup as crews from Balfour Beatty construction grade the dirt-strewn property for upcoming shoring and foundation work. Excavation will be minimal as there are no subterranean floors with all residencies, retail, and parking spaces held above ground. The six story building will rise to a nose bleeding 68 feet and include a large haven for cars with 422 parking spaces. Renderings, crafted by David Baker Architects, make little lasting impressions but what the building lacks in interesting architecture, it makes up for in numbers. Nearly 20,000 sq. feet of retail space and 432 homes are significant totals which should help maintain street life even when nearby office workers go home. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2017.
One Henry Adams
[maxgallery name=”one-henry-adams-spring-2015″]A hop, skip, and a jump south from 801 Brannan lands you at Equity Residential’s second initiative. Near the Townsend Circle sits One Henry Adams, a smaller 1.65 acre property that will become a 68 foot high apartment complex yielding 239 units, 11,770 sq. feet of ground retail, and 164 parking spaces. A recent visit showed construction progressing further with Suffolk Construction already setting the foundations and advancing to the first floor’s reinforced concrete mats and columns. Like 801 Brannan, the utilitarian styled complex will give no shock and awe but the added people and businesses will similarly add to the vibrancy of the surrounding streets. BAR Architects is credited with the design. Onsite signage shows the property to be ready for lease in 2016.
Equity Residential will fulfill their BMR (Below Market Rate) obligations by allocating 55 units at 801 Brannan and constructing a separate 150 unit building adjacent to 801 Brannan for a combined total of 205 BMRs. Collectively, all the properties will accommodate 821 units, with 25% BMRs.