Much like many parts of the city, the west end of SoMa is going through a development renaissance. A recent area tour revealed once blighted sections transformed into blocks blooming with construction activity. Highlighted below are the six most notable development hotspots in that area.
870 Harrison Street
[maxgallery id=”3014″] Developer and builder JS Sullivan is currently constructing a 26 unit building on 870 Harrison Street. A recent site tour showed the concrete foundation and first floor completed and work ongoing on the additional wood framed upper floors. Newly enhanced renderings from Leavitt Architecture show a nondescript structure that will easily blend into nearby buildings. With 2 of 6 stories erected, the 65 foot tall building is at least 10 to 12 months out from completion.
942 Mission Street – Hampton Hotel
[maxgallery id=”3020″] Layton Construction is building a new Hampton Inn tower at 942 Mission Street near Mint Plaza. The hotel’s Mission Street side will stand at 6 stories and then rise to 15 stories towards the back. Illustrations from Stanton Architecture show the building to have a boxy unassuming look incorporating both red brick and pale blue facades. At construction start, the 174 room hotel was seen as a symbol for a recovering economy and when complete, will be a welcome addition to a revitalizing area. Judging by development progress, the project looks be about 6 months out from completion.
1190 Mission Street – Trinity Place Phase III
[maxgallery id=”3016″] The construction schedule for Angelo Sangiacomo’s Trinity Place recently progressed into phase 3 with builder Swinerton having broken ground late last year. An onsite tour of the construction site revealed micro-piling equipment and excavators surrounding a trench that hints to a future subterranean parking lot. The site is adjacent to buildings one and two which were completed in phase one (2009) and two (2013) respectively. The phase three project, with an expected finish date of early 2017, comprises of a 19 story L shaped building that will house a total of 546 units. The design of the new building, like the first two buildings, represents a simplified and somewhat diluted version of Arquitectonica’s initial innovative design. Regardless of the styling, the Trinity Project when completed will add 1900 residential units to a reinvigorated once blighted section of SoMa.
1321 Mission Street – The Panoramic
[maxgallery id=”3018″] The site at 1321 Mission Street currently contains a 15 foot deep excavation trench bottomed with a freshly poured mat of concrete. Majority of the building was initially intended to house college students, however, amendments to an early approved proposal would allow non-students to lease most of the building’s 160 units at market and below market rates (BMR). Based on planning documents, it is currently unclear which path owner Panoramic Interests will take. Regardless of who will be the renters, two thirds of the units will have a SmartSpace design with diminutive 291 sq. feet of floor space. Additionally, the 11 story building’s 3,359 sq. feet of retail space will increase sidewalk foot traffic in a sometimes desolate stretch of Mission Street. Builder Pankow expects the Kwan Henmi designed building to be completed by summer 2015.
1400 Mission Street
[maxgallery id=”3024″] In the shadows of the new 352 foot tall NEMA development complex at 1401 Market Street, there is a nearby smaller 10-to-15 story residential building rising at 1400 Mission Street. This site is an obligatory requirement imposed on Tishman Speyer for building the 655 luxury units at 201 Folsom Street. With financing from Tishman Speyer, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) is working with Maracor to construct the 190 unit affordable housing building. Based on Brand + Allen Architect’s renderings, the structure shows an understated yet modern design and is expected to be completed in 2015.
1415 Mission Street
[maxgallery id=”3026″] Developer Martin Building Company with help from Arquitectonica has rebooted the 1415 Mission Street development project purchasing the property early last year. Arquitectonica dumped the previous architect’s dated stodgy design for a new slick modern look. The new structure being built by Build Group Inc. will rise to 12 stories and house 121 units. A site tour showed supportive shoring in place and excavation ongoing. It has been reported that construction should be completed by spring 2015, however, current progress shows the project still to be at least 18 months out from completion.