While the design for San Francisco’s Transbay Tower to rise on Mission between 1st and Fremont Streets has shrunk from 1,200 to 1,070 feet, the proposed 61-story tower will still cast new shadows across San Francisco, shadows which can be problematic for developers and fodder for litigation.
The proposed tower will yield 1.37 million square feet of office space; 10,600 square feet of retail; 39,370 square feet of subterranean parking; and 28,300 square feet of public open space, including a 24,000-square-foot Mission Plaza at the corner of 1st and Fremont featuring a funicular connecting the plaza with the 5.4 acre City Park above the Center.
This week, San Francisco’s Planning Commission will meet with the Recreation & Park Commission to consider the Planning Department’s recommendation that the cumulative shadow limits governed by Proposition K (the “Sunlight Ordinance”) be revised upwards for seven downtown parks to allow the development of San Francisco’s Transit Center District to reach its full potential, including the Transbay Tower to be tagged 101 1st Street.
As plugged-in people know, while the tower will rise to 1,070 feet, the roof height of the building will only reach 912 feet, a mechanical parapet will reach 970 feet, and a metal lattice crown will comprise the final 100 feet. A close-up of the tower’s redesigned crown: