[maxgallery name=”soma-cover-923-folsom-236-238-shipley-233-237-shipley”]Developers, energized by the high-octane real estate market, are circling over SoMa and looking to pounce on the remaining empty lots, shuttered gas stations, and underutilized aging warehouses that once dominated the blocks of this former industrial neighborhood. The pickings are becoming slimmer and slimmer, with developers having gobbled up many sites and giving forth new housing and office buildings over the past decade. An intensity to build on these remaining underdeveloped properties can be seen throughout the neighborhood. Near the center of the district and nearby to the newly minted Station 1 Firehouse and Mosso residential community, we recently spotted a cluster of three lots amping-up their construction activities.
[maxgallery name=”923-folsom”]The biggest and tallest of the bunch, 923 Folsom will pack roughly 114 homes, 1,559 sq. feet of ground retail, and 80 parking spaces in a nine story building with one subterranean basement level. During our visit, Cahill Contractors was busy excavating, laying out the foundations, and assembling the main crane. The scant amount of renderings found – none were on the SCB Architects’ website, show an economically designed mid-rise that ascends to 85 feet on the busy Folsom Street and drops to a quaint 44 feet along the Shipley Street alleyway. Homes facing the quieter alleyway should appeal to folks wanting to avoid some of the ear jostling sirens and bells from the firehouse on Folsom. Trumark Urban owned the site up until the second quarter of this year when they sold it to JP Morgan. Expect a completion date sometime in early 2017.
[maxgallery name=”236-238-shipley”]On the same block as 923 Folsom, another 17 units are coming sheathed in a four story building. The building, which sits at the 236-238 Shipley address, is fully framed out and awaiting its “angry bird” red colored facade. Though constrained by the limitations of a wood supported structure, Architect D-Scheme Studio did an admirable job incorporating unique trapezoidal shapes into the design. Residents with automobiles will feel left out, as the building lacks car parking. The project, sponsored by 5 Shipley LLC, looks to wrap up by early next spring.
[maxgallery name=”233-237-shipley”]Across the Shipley alleyway, crews are busily constructing a four story building on a narrow plot of land. The building, residing at 233-237 Shipley, will stand at four stories and add 21 homes to the Single Resident Occupancy (SRO) stock. Adding additional SROs near an area of Sixth Street lined with a high concentration of SROs should raise some eyebrows, considering the nearby sidewalks are somewhat distressed and safety is a concern.
Apologies for the monochromatic and barely legible rendering, no other building visuals could be found. The project, being developed by 237 Shipley LLC, looks to be completed by mid to late 2016.