[maxgallery name=”transbay-block-8-cover”]Hurry, hurry, step right up folks. Don’t be shy! No matter if you’re rich, poor, or somewhere in between. All are welcome to the most dynamic area in San Francisco, the Transbay Neighborhood! A place where new towers seemingly sprout from the earth every day. Witness the construction of a super tall building that will pierce the heavens and rise to become the tallest tower in the city. Amaze yourselves with the immense steel superstructure of the Grand Central Terminal of the West. Wonder over the Siamese twin Lumina towers. And just for today we have a special guest. A skyscraper that will ascend the sky to a nose bleeding 575 feet (including roof mechanicals). No waiting, no delays! Buy a ticket today and feast your eyes on the future of San Francisco!
[maxgallery name=”transbay-block-8-400-folsom-250-fremont-site”]Thank you for your patronage! You won’t be disappointed. Just step through the doors and make your way to the corner of Fremont and Folsom Street (Transbay Block 8). Yes it’s an empty lot but let us explain. From the site’s empty lot of sun weathered asphalt, a shiny new tower is planned to rise. It’s coming, we promise you. Construction permits were filed late last year and reports tell us ground breaking will happen the first half of 2016. And talk about homes. 546, yes I said 546 homes packed into this one acre lot spread across a 56 story tower (400 Folsom) and a pair of podium buildings (250 Fremont). Now this is the way you solve a housing crisis! There will be a mix bag of homes too – 116 condos and 280 apartments. But what about the rest? Poor folks don’t despair – you’re invited too. 27% of the homes (150) will be for the low income people and controlled by the city’s Below Market Rate (BMR) program. The BMR homes will be relegated to the short podium buildings and tower’s first eight floors. Sorry, no great views but hey life ain’t fair!
[maxgallery name=”transbay-block-8-400-folsom-250-fremont-renderings-1″]And take a look at the architecture. Sure, the latest designs have cost-cut away some of the visual inventiveness of the initial renderings, especially those drab podium buildings (Fougeron Architecture you know who you are!). But we promise, you’ll be awed by the tower’s angular etched sides (thanks OMA Architect!). The tower’s conventional curtain glass system possesses enough offset angles and cascading indented edges to keep your eyes guessing.[maxgallery name=”transbay-block-8-400-folsom-250-fremont-renderings-2″]
You might be wondering when will owner Related California be done with the project. Since they are smaller, the 6 and 8 story podium buildings should be completed first with the tower following much later. Contractor Webcor has its work cut out. With a probable 2 1/2 year project life cycle and a 2nd quarter 2016 start, the building should be open for business in early 2019. It may seem like an eternity but it’ll be here before you know it!
And there you have it! Don’t forget to come back again where we’ll be featuring building oddities. Ever see a 400 foot twisting building that resembles a screw? See it soon before angry view-loving neighbors chop its height. Thank you for coming and please watch your step. We don’t want you to trip on the Transbay Terminal on your way out. It’s only a couple stories high but extends several blocks.