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Old November 12th, 2013, 10:58 PM   #221
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Updated design for the new Warriors arena:









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Old November 13th, 2013, 12:31 AM   #222
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I think it's better, especially the redesigned retail frontage on the Embarcadero. Good example of compromise on the part of the developers. Let's hope the NIMBY residents come around and realize what a good thing this project is going to be for that stretch of ugly, barren real estate.
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Old November 13th, 2013, 12:46 AM   #223
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I think it's better, especially the redesigned retail frontage on the Embarcadero. Good example of compromise on the part of the developers. Let's hope the NIMBY residents come around and realize what a good thing this project is going to be for that stretch of ugly, barren real estate.
I don't think the objections are based so much on the design but on the traffic and crowds and I don't see what redesign can really do about that unless they do what one commenter suggested and eliminate parking for other than teams and staff.

Don't get me wrong . . . I'm all for it. But I don't see how the minds of those who aren't can be changed.
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Old November 13th, 2013, 12:51 AM   #224
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I think it's better, especially the redesigned retail frontage on the Embarcadero. Good example of compromise on the part of the developers. Let's hope the NIMBY residents come around and realize what a good thing this project is going to be for that stretch of ugly, barren real estate.
But will the shadows fall over a nearby park?
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Old November 13th, 2013, 01:22 AM   #225
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I don't think the objections are based so much on the design but on the traffic and crowds and I don't see what redesign can really do about that unless they do what one commenter suggested and eliminate parking for other than teams and staff.
Yeah, good points. The smaller profile will help the issue of Bay views, though. And it hasn't been stated explicitly, but won't the reduction in square footage equal a reduction in stadium capacity and therefore traffic?

I wouldn't be opposed to reducing parking to a bare minimum, and requiring the developers to pay into some transit infrastructure, though. Gameday ferries from the East Bay should be a big part of the pitch.
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Old November 13th, 2013, 01:26 AM   #226
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Yeah, good points. The smaller profile will help the issue of Bay views, though. And it hasn't been stated explicitly, but won't the reduction in square footage equal a reduction in stadium capacity and therefore traffic?

I wouldn't be opposed to reducing parking to a bare minimum, and requiring the developers to pay into some transit infrastructure, though. Gameday ferries from the East Bay should be a big part of the pitch.
According to the article the capacity has been reduced from "up to 19000" to 18064. Not much difference.
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Old November 13th, 2013, 01:29 AM   #227
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Ah, missed that bit, thanks. So yeah, not a lot of difference. It's just hard not to think that the pros of 41 Warrior home games a year, plus other events, will out-weigh the cons. If AT&T Park is any indication, it could be truly transformative for that part of the neighborhood.
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Old November 14th, 2013, 01:53 AM   #228
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Taller perhaps?

41 Tehama Looks to Add a Little to the Top



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Last year the project at 41 Tehama was approved for a 31-story, 341-unit residential tower designed by Arquitectonica. Now the project is back before the Planning Commission looking to a a little more icing to the top of the cake, in the form of four additional floors with 57 additional units. The amendments would bring the total height up to 360 feet (as compared to the approved 318 feet), but otherwise the basic form and design of the tower would stay the same. Since the extra height is still within the zoning limits, new environmental review isn't necessary, just a thumbs up from the Planning Commission tomorrow.






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Old November 14th, 2013, 02:00 AM   #229
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Old November 14th, 2013, 07:58 AM   #230
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That sculpture screams Google to me.
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Old November 14th, 2013, 06:59 PM   #231
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Old November 15th, 2013, 01:35 AM   #232
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Ground-Breaking Help For Tallest Mixed-Use West of Mississippi



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An official ground-breaking ceremony was held on site this week for 181 Fremont Street, an 800-foot-plus mixed-use development by San Francisco-based Jay Paul Company. Many business types were on hand for the festivities, as was Mayor Ed Lee, who gave a speech proclaiming his happiness with the new building, and all Transbay area development. "There are over 3,500 units under construction in the Tranbay Transit Center district, 35 percent of which are affordable," he proclaimed when discussing the rapidly burgeoning neighborhood. "And yes, we will build the Warriors pavilion within walking distance!," he added to loud applause.


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Old November 15th, 2013, 01:45 AM   #233
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Google Eyeing Mission Bay for San Francisco Move?



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Brace yourselves: rumor has it that Google is planning a "blockbuster San Francisco real estate play that would shake the San Francisco market up for a long time." Current speculations have Google eyeing 14 acres of land in Mission Bay, which is could yield enough office space to house approximately 8,000 search-engine employees.

A move to The City would come on the heels of other urban expansions: Google recently signed a deal for an additional 360K square feet of space in Manhattan, and nearly 600K additional square feet in Chicago.

Mission Bay isn't the only potential target for Google - they also may be interested in the Transbay Tower. Regardless of which property they take, just imagine what happens when their newly-urban employees start looking for apartments.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 11:35 PM   #234
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A 429 unit, 120' tall apartment building is proposed to go up on Hayes street, between Van Ness and Polk:






The current building on the Van Ness side of the block:



Not bad looking, but as is often the case, I wish it were taller. I'm thinking the idea behind the zoning there is to not crowd the neighboring tower or overshadow city hall, which is just a block away (or maybe even to mitigate the wind tunnel effect that the area has)...but a 240 foot building would still be relatively short, and they could add a lot more housing units, maybe even double the amount of units to over 800. SF needs all the housing it can get.
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Old November 18th, 2013, 12:01 AM   #235
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Very handsome building!
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Old November 19th, 2013, 10:51 PM   #236
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Transbay Terminal humming along:

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Caltrain Extension to Transbay Center Construction (Central Subway) - San Francisco by BlueVoter - thanks for 400k views, on Flickr
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Old November 19th, 2013, 11:02 PM   #237
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Rincon Hill

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Old November 19th, 2013, 11:16 PM   #238
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Thanks god for the One Rincon Hill North tower. Driving over the bridge a few weeks ago (which was epic, with the new span) I remember going, "Wow, that actually looks like part of the skyline!" What a concept.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 11:55 PM   #239
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Speaking of towers that will fill in the gap between rincon hill and the rest of the skyline:

http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2..._8_back_i.html





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550-Foot Tower On San Francisco's Transbay Block 8 Back In Play

Suspended back in 2009 when bids for the property came in "well below the potential value of the site in a healthier real estate market," San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure has just released a new request for proposals from developers to purchase Transbay Block 8, the one-acre parcel located on Folsom Street between First and Fremont.

Zoned for a 550-foot tower to rise on the site, the City is seeking proposals for "a high-density, residential project with approximately 740 units, 27 percent of which must be affordable to qualifying households, and ground-floor retail in multiple building types, including a 550-foot tower, townhouses, and podium buildings" as rendered in red above.

The Request For Proposals to develop Transbay Block 8 back in 2008 had targeted the development of 597 housing units on the site, nearly 20 percent fewer than is now being sought.
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Linea nears the finish line:

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