45 Lansing Rendering 2011

As we first reported this past December with respect to the 39-story Rincon Hill tower set to rise at 45 Lansing Street:

According to a plugged-in source, Build Group has been selected as the general contractor for the construction of the 39-story tower to rise at 45 Lansing [and] with construction permits in hand…the butterflies will likely soon be evicted from the Lansing Street Pollinator Garden on the site.

The butterfly garden has been plowed over; a sign for long-term, reserved construction parking has been hung on the fence; and the heavy equipment is on the way.

45 Lansing: Site (www.SocketSite.com)

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Zack

    Fantastic! I hate butterflies!

  2. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    Nice to see a Big Housing project break ground. We’ve been building a ton of new office space and that should be balanced with residential.

  3. Posted by Jlasf

    There is so much interesting and innovative architecture going up around the world. Why do we get such boring buildings?
    (It’s a rhetorical question.)

  4. Posted by lyqwyd

    Nice to see some new residential development in the area. It could definitely benefit from more eyes on the streets, and will hopefully bring enough people for some shops to go in.

  5. Posted by Adam

    One of the things I like about older commercial and residential buildings downtown is that they almost always have some sort of small commercial space in the ground floor. With new construction like this, the bottom level has a nice lobby and then the rest is usually dedicated to parking or is simply blank. Many of those same older buildings I admire would have been seen as boring by the standards of the time- it is their contribution to street life that elevates them today.

  6. Posted by anon

    It wasn’t too long ago that people were predicting Rincon Hill wouldn’t have any new development until 2020 and until then would be a tumbleweed strewn wasteland.
    Now there are 5 new buildings finished, under construction or starting imminently (333 Harrison, ORH 2, 45 Lansing, 340 Fremont and 333 Fremont) with maybe 1,000+ units. Times change quickly.

  7. Posted by BTinSF

    @Milkshake: I can think of 5 significant office projects (350 Mission, Foundry Square III, 535 Mission, 222 Second and possibly 181 Fremont) up against many residential projects: 4 or 5 on Upper Market, 10th & Market, 55 9th St, One Rincon Hill Tower 2, Sutter & Van Ness, Franklin & Golden Gate and probably coming soon 201 Folsom. There is no shortage of residential construction.
    @Adam: The Planning Department has designated Folsom as the “neighborhood shopping street” for the Rincon Hill area so buildings along Folsom should have ground floor retail but not necessarily those on other streets in the area.

  8. Posted by Willow

    Really looking forward to seeing 333 Fremont. It looks to be the pick of the bunch.

  9. Posted by guest

    Looking at those pics with the surrounding area in view, one thing comes to mind–there are so many other old low-rise buildings in that Rincon and South Beach area that can and should be razed and replaced with 20-50 story high-rises

  10. Posted by RinconHill Dweller

    Has anyone heard whether the 76 gas station will remain? It’s one thing to have a gas station with a guy insisting on cleaning the windshield of your just washed car across the street from your building…
    It’s quite another to have him practically residing in the lobby?

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