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Old June 1st, 2013, 11:45 PM   #1
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Then the NIMBYs arrived:

Swanky Ritz Carlton Neighbors Appeal Mexican Museum Condo Project Up Before Supervisors



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The neighbor drama-rama over the Mexican Museum condo project at 705 Mission continues, as an appeal of the environmental review certification has made its way before the Board of Supervisors today. The project includes a new 550-foot tall, 47-story tower to be adjacent and connected to the existing 10-story Aronson Building, including up to 215 residential units, space for The Mexican Museum, office and ground-floor retail/restaurant uses, and 442 parking spaces. Swanky neighbors from the Ritz Carlton condos complained that the project will bring too many people and too much traffic, but the Planning Commission went ahead with the environmental certification anyway. Now an appeal has been filed by various neighbor groups, like 765 Market Street Residential Owners Association, Friends of Yerba Buena, Tenants and Owners Development Corporation, and Yerba Buena Neighborhood Consortium. They've bumped up the complaints a couple notches - too much traffic, too many pedestrians will cause crime (nevermind those active streetscapes), the tower will cast shadows on Union Square and Jessie Square, and the project will mess up the historic Aronson Building (even though the HPC already cleared it)....

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More NIMBYS! More renders! It's a Mexican Museum fiesta!



The Battle Of The Mexican Museum Heats Up



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The Planning and Rec & Park Commissions held a special joint hearing to hammer out the details over the 706 Mission/Mexican Museum project. The Handel Architects-designed project, which includes a new 47-story residential tower and rehabilitation of the 10-story Aronson Building, would contain up to 215 dwelling units, a 52,000 sq.ft. museum, and approximately 4,800 sq.ft. of retail. First, the Planning Commission will vote to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report, and judging from some of the swanky neighbor brouhaha over the project, we expect to hear a few last-ditch complaints about traffic and pedestrian congestion during public comments. Then the two commissions will discuss and vote on shadow impacts, since the massive project could increase shadow coverage over Jessie Square and Union Square. The height's already been reduced from the original 520' to 480' in response to Supervisor concerns over shadows (though with penthouse and mechanical bits, the height will cap out around 510' in certain parts). There are a thousand other entitlements and plan amendments to vote on too, but hopefully this hearing will wrap up the five-year-long project and construction can finally get underway.
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Residents of the Four Seasons on Market Street are prepared to file a lawsuit over the construction of the 47-story Mexican Museum and tower if approved on June 4. The group, calling themselves "Friends of Yerba Buena Gardens," claim that shadows cast by the tower on Union Square would be significant enough to violate city law. The group stresses they support the museum and the condo tower "as long as it's only 351 feet" tall.

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Old June 2nd, 2013, 12:24 AM   #4
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Pretty nice, actually. Good to see the building near it will be renovated as well.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 01:41 PM   #5
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I hope it gets built. It is avery nice design.
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Old July 18th, 2013, 11:28 PM   #6
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Scared Of Losing Their Views, Rich Four Seasons Habitués 'Concern Trolling' The City About "Park Shadows" Cast By 706 Mission St.

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Old September 17th, 2013, 10:29 AM   #7
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Published 4:58 pm, Monday, September 16, 2013

Call it a message, a warning perhaps, delivered fiesta style.

Just in case Four Seasons luxury residence owners who have sued to block construction of a nearby condominium tower that will also house the Mexican Museum didn't know what they were up against, they do now.

More than 200 people, including members of the consular corps and top city officials like Mayor Ed Lee and District Attorney George Gascón, had a little party in their backyard on Monday to praise the planned 480-foot tower. The crowd on Jessie Square Plaza across Mission Street from Yerba Buena Gardens was studded with city leaders past and present, including former Mayor Willie Brown, now a Chronicle columnist, who lives nearby in the St. Regis.

The event was ostensibly to celebrate the Mexican Museum's new home on Mexican Independence Day, but it also appeared to be a show of force as Four Seasons' residents pursue their lawsuit and explore putting a measure on the ballot that would prevent new buildings from shadowing city parks.

The ballot measure would expand and strengthen Proposition K, which voters approved in 1984, and could impact virtually all big developments in San Francisco as the city looks to get denser in certain areas, including a new crop of skyscrapers south of Market Street.

"I do want to signal my support for this" development, Lee said after officials unfurled a red banner reading "Future Home of the Mexican Museum" on the yellow plywood surrounding the planned construction site. "I think it's not premature to announce that the entire board and the mayor are together on this, and the way we've done it. I think it's appropriate that we unite our community around how important this institution is for us."

Neighbors opposing the tower say they welcome the museum, they just want it in a shorter building . . . .

The measure's proponents were undeterred by Monday's gathering of political firepower as drumming from a traditional Aztec dance troupe and the strains of an all-woman mariachi band reverberated from the square . . . .
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Old September 18th, 2013, 05:40 AM   #8
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Mexican Museum brings on Enrique Norten to design interior of San Francisco space



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The Mexican Museum is bringing on a Mexican architect as the institution begins planning for its controversial and long-in-the-works permanent home, which it hopes to open in 2018.

Mexican architect Enrique Norten is responsible for designing the museum's interior, while Handel Architects will design the exterior tower at 706 Mission St. "It was important for us to have a Mexican architect," said Victor Marquez, the museum's general counsel.

Norten's Mexico City-based firm TEN Arquitectos has designed several high-profile structures, including the Guggenheim Guadalajara in Mexico and West 53rd Street Library in New York, according to the firm's website.

The project will be overseen through a joint venture between A+D Architecture and Design and Pfau Long Architecture.

Museum Director David de la Torre said the new location, which is near the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, would give the institution "a dramatic increase in visibility."

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Norten is a starchitect and has been very busy in Miami lately...
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Old September 18th, 2013, 06:03 AM   #9
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Norten is a starchitect and has been very busy in Miami lately...
FYI, once upon a time the Mexican Museum had hired Ricardo Legorreta who produced this design which I liked very much:



But they couldn't raise the money and that's when the condo developers entered the picture, pretty much offering to hand them the money in return for the right to build their tower on the lot reserved for the Museum (and no doubt giving everyone living at the Four Seasons, who thought their views were forever, indigestion over their afternoon crumpets).

As you can see from your photo above, the scale of Legorreta's design would have been pretty much a bookend for the church and its color would have matched the brick in both the church and in the Jewish Museum at the rear of the plaza.
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Old May 6th, 2015, 09:07 PM   #10
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Another Step Forward For Mexican Museum Tower
May 5, 2015

The detailed project schedule for Millennium Partners’ tower to rise up to 510-feet in height at 706 Mission Street has been set and Webcor has initiated the bidding process for contractors to participate in the $305 million development which was designed by Handel Architects.

Site prep for the project, which includes the redevelopment of the adjacent Aronson Building, is currently scheduled to begin mid-July with construction commencing in September. The development’s tower crane is scheduled to arrive next May.

And if all goes as planned, Millennium Partners’ 706 Mission Street project should be finished by the end of 2018 . . . .
http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2...nd-timing.html

And there is apparently a new treatment of the Mexican Museum at its base plus other "refinements" (note the changes in the windows):

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Old January 15th, 2016, 09:52 AM   #11
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Per Curbed today, this is finally set to break ground in March, with an expected 2019 opening.

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The last time we heard news about the long-delayed and super-luxury Mexican Museum Tower, it was planning to break ground in summer of 2015, but the site still sits dormant today. Now, the San Francisco Business Times reports that the $500 million building will begin construction in March. Building permits have officially been filed for the four-story museum and up to 190 condos by developer Millennium Partners.

Units in the building are expected to average a huge 2,700 square feet and fetch more than $2,000 per square, meaning that $5 million average units are possible. The project was plagued by lawsuits and protests for years—led by neighbors at the luxury Four Seasons tower—but an agreement has now been reached. Developer Millennium has agreed to pay $100,000 in street improvements. The building is expected to be finished by early 2019.
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April is almost done, no construction start? updates ?
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We have no actively-contributing photographers interested in this site it seems. But I'll be back in San Francisco for the summer in a week and will try to get down there as soon as I can to see what's going on. No surprise if construction slips a few weeks or even a month or 2. SF is one big construction site right now--they could have had trouble arranging for the excavation sub to start or any number of things.
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This question has nothing to see with this forum, but, Why are there so few and smalls skyscrapers in California? Is it because the earthquake?
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Finally able to check it out and "stuff" is happening. The historic building to be incorporated into the project is being gutted and the lot where the new tower is to rise is packed with equipment . . . AND (bonus for locals) as I crossed the street to take a picture who should I almost bump into cruising down the sidewalk but former Mayor Willie Brown, the king of development in SF (looking dapper as ever in brown fedora and elegant suit).

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This question has nothing to see with this forum, but, Why are there so few and smalls skyscrapers in California? Is it because the earthquake?
I do not accept your premise. I personally believe San Francisco has the third best skyline in the US (after NY and Chicago). Currently LA has a taller building and may soon have 2 taller ones (both supertalls, but I don't want to argue about LA vs SF, it's tiresome). Anyway, either one has a more impressive skyline than anywhere in Europe so maybe the real question is why so few skyscrapers in Europe ANYWHERE (La Defense and Frankfurt are starting to look taller but still . . . .).

That said, earthquakes are one issue although any architect or engineer will tell you those aren't a show-stopper. Modern engineering can deal with the problem. In the past, the San Francisco Fire Department has expressed concern about its ability to rescue people in very tall structures should they catch fire, in an earthquake or otherwise (go watch the movie "Towering Inferno" which is finally coming true, at least in terms of building height) but they seem to have been ignored.

Another issue in San Francisco (far more than LA) is shadows. Most people who haven't spent time in SF don't realize what a cold, windy, often gray place it is (coastal fog). They think of California as warm and perpetually sunny which is closer to the truth about 20 miles inland from the coast but San Francisco is right on the coast next to the world's largest body of water which happens to be a pretty constant 10 degrees C at this location, chilling the city year around. The city has responded with, among other things, an ordinance banning buildings that cast shadows on public parks or open spaces so that what sunlight there is can be enjoyed. That has limited most building heights--for example, it's largely why the new Salesforce Tower is 1070 ft and not the originally planned 1200 ft (which would have partly shaded Union Square)
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But Union Square is like a thousand yards away.
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I simply cannot help but laugh any time I hear a Californian or San Franciscan blame SF's weather for the lack of skyscrapers. Because NY and Chicago are known for their placid, Mediterranean climates....

The lack of tall buildings throughout California is mostly attributable to the same things there as it is all throughout the U.S.: suburbanization and auto dependency, NIMBYism and other vested interests, and often-arcane regulations regarding building height, zoning, and things like FAR. The only thing unique to CA is earthquakes.
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