[maxgallery name=”1140-folsom-99-rausch-construction-update”]Enter the wilds of western SoMa. West of 5th street the sidewalks get a little grungier, buildings more timeworn, and surroundings noticeably coarser. It’s also a neighborhood in transition. New housing developments continue to replace the area’s remaining aged wood structures, parking lots, and old warehouses. During a recent stroll in the area, I stumbled upon one such property under redevelopment on the corner of Folsom and Rausch Street.
[maxgallery name=”1140-folsom-99-rausch-renderings”]The property’s former parking lot and one story industrial building are no more and have been replaced with a muddy partially excavated site filled with a mishmash of heavy machinery and equipment parts. Owner Belrich Partners is building a 112 unit apartment complex that will vacillate between four and six stories depending on the site’s varying height limit restrictions. Architecturally speaking, the building should be much taller. Additional height would motivate a better design, allow for a slimmer form that could provide for more units and public open space, and disallow the use of a flammable wood frame. It’s disconcerting to think about how all the new timber supported buildings going up in SoMa could potentially place additional burdens on the city’s emergency water systems during a major seismic event. The building, designed by BAR Architect, will include 5,600 sq. feet of ground retail and sit above a subterranean parking level holding 72 parking spaces. Cahill is leading construction activities and an educated guess would place project completion somewhere around the end of 2017.
Though the city identifies the site as 1140 Folsom, the building will go with the more exclusive 99 Rausch designation.