[maxgallery name=”eqr-potrero-1000-16th-street-under-construction”]For roughly 70 years a Glidden Paint manufacturing plant once stood at 1000 16th Street, a 3.15 acre triangular shaped property located where the Showplace Square, Mission Bay, and Potrero Hill neighborhoods converge. The plant closed in 1996 leaving behind a brownfield site tainted with low levels of industrial toxins and pollutants. After the buildings were demolished in 1999, the lot sat empty for roughly 15 years while plans were drafted to rebuild the site as a residential community incorporating space for retail and light industry. With hazardous waste cleanup activities completed in late 2007 and real estate markets thawing from the last recession, ground was finally broken spring of this year. Today, the area is an active construction site with crews currently installing foundations, piles, and ground level concrete walls.
During the next two years, builder James E. Roberts-Obiyashi Corp will construct a three building complex with 453 residential units (20% are BMR), 307 parking spaces, 470 bike stalls, and a nearly one acre park. The complex, known as EQR Potrero, will have 39 commercial units including 7,000 square feet of PDR space, regaining some of the light industry lost with the former site. David Baker Architects created a low impact design using relatively short 68 foot building designs, matching cityscape facade color schemes, integrated community gardens, and surrounding trees. Since much of the land sits above bay mud, the builder is using deep piles (40 to 110 feet) to support the building’s concrete foundations, first floor, and wood framed upper floors. Interestingly, because the design lacks subterranean floors, all parking spaces will be housed in the first floor and aided by a car puzzle lift system.
To avoid costly impact fees and better serve the local community, a 0.88 acre public park is being built in an area of the site formally referred to as Daggett Street. The park, designed by CMG Landscaping and known as Daggett Park, will incorporate an open lawn, dog park, penta step feature, shared street, and “Mission Marsh Bear” sculpture by artist Adriane Colburn.
Owner Equity Residential is paying $224 million to build the site and expects the project to wrap up sometime in 2016.