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Old July 11th, 2014, 08:26 PM   #1
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Famed Chicago architect Jeanne Gang unveils rippled S.F. tower
John King
Updated 7:51 am, Friday, July 11, 2014

San Francisco's newest tower proposal was unveiled Thursday evening - a rippled, 400-foot shaft that is Chicago architect Jeanne Gang's reinterpretation of the city's fabled bay windows.

The residential tower would rise on the north side of Folsom Street at Spear Street, one block inland from the Embarcadero. It would be clad in masonry tiles, with stacks of 45-degree-angle bays and balconies snaking back and forth across the tall, relatively slender shaft . . . .

The 40-story tower would share a block with eight stories of affordable housing, also designed by Gang. The proposal by developer Tishman Speyer calls for 139 of the block's proposed 390 condominiums to be reserved for lower-income buyers.

While a 400-foot tower is modest compared with other towers approved or under construction nearby - such as the 1,070-foot high-rise being built for Salesforce at First and Mission streets - it exceeds current zoning for the block by 100 feet. Because of this, a change would need Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors approval . . . .

Unlike other Transbay parcels being redeveloped with towers, this one involves only one slice of publicly owned land, a parking lot. Allowing a 400-foot high-rise would increase the sales price to Tishman Speyer from $14.6 million to $19 million, enough to subsidize all 75 affordable units in the lower building.

Mike Grisso, the city's project manager for the district, also suggested that the extra height "makes for a nicer design" than a 300-foot version. This sentiment was echoed by several members of the advisory committee, which voted 7-1 to support continued study of both alternatives . . . .

In addition to housing, the proposed complex includes shops along Folsom, Spear and Main streets. Town house-style units along the north edge would be entered from an extension of pedestrian-scaled Clementina Street.

Details are certain to evolve as the proposal moves forward; Gang, for instance, said Thursday that material for the skin is still being researched.

"We want something light in color, whether it's terra-cotta or something else," Gang said. "I've been coming through the Bay Area for years, and it's so light and colorful. That's the feel I wanted."

The earliest start to construction, if approved, would be 2016.

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Old July 12th, 2014, 01:10 AM   #2
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Old July 12th, 2014, 03:49 AM   #3
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Old July 12th, 2014, 06:46 AM   #4
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Yeah it's definitely got some of the same DNA... Like a Cubist Gehry. Not honestly sure how much I like it, but it's a first render, so I'm not gonna get worked up about it. In any case I'm glad that SF is finally getting some adventurous architecture -- it's always bothered me that my wonderful, weird, wacky hometown has such dull skyscrapers. No longer!
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Old July 12th, 2014, 07:58 PM   #5
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That is very cool. Quite a complicated structure.
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City Hall Holds Up Gang Tower

Developers Tishman Speyer are waiting to find out whether their new building at 160 Folsom Street — the rippling tower designed by Jeanne Gang for Transbay Block 1 — will receive its long-sought upzoning. But they’re going to have to wait a bit longer, as the deal was tripped up on Monday by a developer’s most reliable nemesis: red tape.

The Board of Supervisor’s Land Use Committee was scheduled to vote whether or not to grant an extra 100 feet to the building, presently approved for 30 stories. Thirty stories is the limit set on the parcel by the 2004 Transbay plan, but since then things have changed: The city is in the middle of a housing crisis, and many nearby parcels are approved for much taller buildings.

With that in mind, Tishman Speyer made a pitch: Grant the twisted tower another ten stories and in exchange they’ll bump up their voluntary below-market-rate unit contribution to 40 percent of the building, 156 affordable units altogether. (In this case, affordable units cost up to $384,000.)

The Planning Commission and Office of Community Infrastructure gave thumbs up to the plan. Now all the building needs is a yes from the Board of Supervisors, starting with yesterday’s committee meeting.

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Old April 7th, 2016, 09:47 AM   #7
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Aaron Peskin (name may not mean anything to others but he's the King of the Nimbys) is just playing games. Since the developer apparently caved to the city on 40% affordable (which above even the 30% the crazies want), this thing is wired.
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Old June 23rd, 2016, 12:20 PM   #8
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New Timing and Details for That Twisty 400-Foot Tower Project
June 21, 2016
160 Folsom Rendering - Bay Tower

The Disposition and Development Agreement for Transbay Block 1, upon which Tishman Speyer is planning to build a twisty 400-foot-tall tower designed by Jeanne Gang at the corner of Folsom and Spear, is slated to be conditionally approved by the City’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure Commissioners this afternoon.

. . . the sale is expected to close escrow in the first quarter of 2017. And per the Agreement, construction is then required to commence within 30 days and finish within four years, which would be March of 2021 at the latest and likely in mid-2020 based on Tishman’s own estimates.

In addition to the 400-foot “Bay Tower,” the 160 Folsom Street project includes an eight-story podium building at Folsom and Main and a four-story townhome structure along a new landscaped Clementina Alley between Main and Spear.

In total, the 160 Folsom Street project is designed to yield 391 condos, 156 of which will be below market rate (BMR), over 10,200 square feet of retail space and underground parking for 340 cars.

And while the site was originally only zoned for development up to 300 feet in height, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approved an amendment to raise the height limit for Transbay Block 1 in April.

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