The Richard Meier & Partners designed 37-story tower that’s proposed to rise at the corner of Market, Van Ness and Oak Streets would reach 445 feet, 435 feet to the roof line with a 20 foot parapet above.
Tentatively dubbed One Van Ness, the tower would contain 258 condos (a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 500 to 2,500 square feet), 5,377 square feet of ground level retail, and 69 underground parking spaces accessed by way of a car elevator.
The proposed project also includes pedestrian improvements on Oak Street to the north of the project site that could include the installation of decorative paving/bricks, benches and landscaping. Additionally, the project entails construction of a wind screen structural feature that would extend across the width of Oak Street. Preliminary conceptual descriptions indicate that it would consist of a free standing, horizontal canopy that would allow wind to pass through.
The proposed wind screen would extend from the third floor roof (top of the base) across Oak Street at a height of 42 feet over the length of the project site. The wind screen would be anchored to the ground near the existing buildings at 11-35 Van Ness Avenue and 70 Oak Street. The canopy would consist of a porous material to diffuse the effects of ground-level winds.
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In the words of a plugged-in reader earlier this year:
The tower would be a joke if the [All Star] Donut Shop remains in front as proposed. The developer currently will not buy the property and included it in the tower as the Market-Octavia Plan intended. The shop owner is willing to sell. People should tell the Planning Department that this project would be an abomination if the Donut Shop is not included.
The All Star Café site is still not include in the plan and the building will remain at the base of the modern One Van Ness building as proposed.