Since 2008, the 1450 Franklin Street redevelopment project has combated both economic pressures and preservationist resistance. Owner Pacific Heights Franklin Partners LLC’s approved plan to raze the existing building and erect a 13 story 69 unit condominium complex was met with some controversy. The San Francisco Architectural Heritage appealed the plan due to the existing building’s historical significance but the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency rejected this appeal and allowed the project to move forward. Economic uncertainty further put the project into a holding pattern until the existing building’s demolition last summer. Today, construction is in full swing as contractor Johnstone Moyer recently completed excavation and work is progressing on concrete foundations and subterranean floors. BDE Architecture renderings show the first two above-ground floors paying homage to the original building by adapting a similar facade. Overall, the new boxy building will have a conservative yet clean design. Construction is set to be completed by summer 2015.