Perhaps it’s simply wishful thinking, but as a plugged-in reader notes, the designs for the affordable mixed-use rental building to rise on Mission Bay Block 7 along Fourth Street between China Basin and Mission Bay Boulevard North were rendered with a Bi-Rite in mind.
The development brings 200 residences and 10,000 sf of neighborhood-serving retail to the developing area. The retail arcade wraps around the corner at Mission Bay Boulevard North, creating a lively interaction with the adjacent UCSF campus.
The large building steps down from four stories at the west side of the block to three stories toward the east. The massing is broken into discrete volumes to create a varied, interesting, and accessible street edge.
The building wraps around a large communal open space for gathering and relaxing. At the west side, a second-level podium courtyard tops the embedded garage; at the east a ground-level courtyard features a community pavilion with space and amenities for residents to gather, cook, or do laundry. The courtyard, while secure and protected, is visually open, providing glimpses of green to to passersby through the entryway.
Along China Basin, a landscaped pedestrian corridor provides access to the exterior units, which connect to the mews via raised porches.
A joint development between the Related Companies of California and the Chinatown Community Development Center, the project is currently slated to yield 72 one-bedrooms and 128 two-bedrooms with parking for 100 cars and twice as many bikes.