[maxgallery name=”1622-1662-broadway-1650-broadway-development-update”]Johnny Carson had died, the Superjumbo jet A380 made its first maiden flight, and the Huygens space probe landed on Saturn’s moon Titan. 2005 was an eventful year. It was also the year where initial plans were first submitted to the San Francisco Planning Department to construct an eight story 34 unit condominium complex at the 1622 and 1662 Broadway Street addresses in Pacific Heights. For nearly a decade, the project weathered community resistance, a critical planning department, the Great Recession, and protruding fire escapes from neighboring buildings. Amid pressure from neighbors and city planning, the original design received a floor reduction, graduated tapered profile, dimension reduction, and a less glassy facade. The final approved 73 foot tall building, located at the merged 1650 Broadway Street address, will contain 34 condominiums spread across seven stories and rest above two subterranean floors holding 49 parking spaces.
With groundbreaking last spring, a recent tour showed the former paved parking lot long gone and replaced with a rising reinforced concrete frame of the new building. Progress has reached the second floor where falsework and forms have been installed in preparation for future concrete pours. Onsite signage advertised Centrix Builders as the general contractor, Forum Design as the building’s architect, and Pillar Capital as the marketing firm.
Previous owners of the property included Saint Brigid’s Church / The Roman Catholic Welfare Corporation of San Francisco and Earnest McNabb operating under the company 1650 Broadway LLC. Identifying the current owners proved elusive as a relatively new company, Belrich Partners LLC, is listed as the current developer with a scant amount of sources showing Yuet Lai Yvonne Mak as a main stakeholder.
The building is being marketed under the name LuXe and is expected to be completed by end of 2015 with sales opening sometime this spring.