As the wrapper is removed from the building at the corner of Turk and Gough, a number of readers have inquired about this new development that we first pointed out (in relation to lost views for some at 368 Elm) eighteen (18) months ago.
Dubbed “Parkview Terrace,” the 9 story building will consist of 101 senior and assisted living rental units with retail and community spaces on the first floor and parking below. And sorry folks, no new condos.
New Developments: 871-881 Turk [SocketSite]
368 Elm Street Condos: Complete Pricing (And An Update) [SocketSite]
Cahill Contractors: Parkview Terraces []

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by rg

    YOU’RE KIDDING ME!!!! The only halfway decent, modern building in SF is only for seniors! However, the homeless problem in the park across the street is out of control and the views from the front units are pretty drab too, so I would have never considered buying here.

  2. Posted by Spencer

    great. old people in a goldfish bowl

  3. Posted by g

    It seems like almost all of the decent designed buildings built in SF are for seniors or low-income only for some reason. I guess if the market demands mediocrity, then you can only force nice designs on people who have no choice but to live there.

  4. Posted by invented

    Above comments are pathetic & ageist. Civilized cities should locate and build the best structures for seniors. The above whiners — who are you? And if in the industry – probably best not to answer that.

  5. Posted by Observer

    Is any of the project team for this building shared with the seniors building in mission bay the pointed metal sections remind me of that building. Funny how John King at the Chronicle liked that will be interesting to get his take on this. Certainly beats the neighborhood average in terms visuals.

  6. Posted by greg

    I’ll tell you exactly why affordable housing has good architecture. here’s just a few reasons:
    (1) Affordable housing developers have gotten it ingrained into them that they need good architecture to win over neighborhood sentiment. They know that if they throw up a tenement, that they’re going to do the affordable housing cause a disservice.
    (2) Market rate builders spend inordinate amounts of money on ridiculous crap like granite countertops, sub-zero fridges and other silly stereotypical and cliche “luxury” goo-gahs, as well as pools, fitness rooms, and other amenities that they’re convinced people want. Affordable builders don’t waste their money on more than the basics, and put that increment into slighlty better finishes and architecture. It doesn’t take much to use better materials, but a little bit of effort go a long way. Market rate builders try to sell units by what’s inside the box.
    (3) Market rate builders, esp in SF, turn to a small number of tried-and-true production architects whose specialties are getting through the approvals process, not in good architecture. (4) Most good architects tend to have stronger values and prefer to do things in the common interest (e.g. affordable housing), not churning out million-dollar condos. That is not particularly gratifying.

  7. Posted by jack

    Your comments are pointless really. If you look at any transitional areas over the past years or even some of the current finest neighborhoods in the city you can find yourself living side by side with low income housing and senior living. So get off your fart sniffing high horse and suck it up. This is San Francisco. If you can’t deal with city living then go buy a home in Mill Valley and stop picking on redeveloping areas of one of the best places to live on earth.

  8. Posted by anon

    the architecture firm for this bldg is actually kwan henmi, the people behind the arterra bldg in mission bay

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