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1527 Pine Street Rendering 2014

The proposed Polk Gulch development which would rise to a height of 130 feet on the south side of Pine Street between Polk and Van Ness Avenue – adjacent to, but not upon, the Grubstake site – is slated to be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission in a couple of weeks.

As designed by Arquitectonica for Trumark Urban, the twelve-story building would include 103 condos over 2,700 square feet of ground-floor retail and art gallery space along Pine and Austin Streets, with parking for 84 cars and 106 bikes in a two-level basement below.

And as proposed, all five of the existing buildings on the site from 1527 to 1545 Pine Street will be razed to make room for the development, including 1545 Pine which is “[associated] with the temporary commercial reconstruction in the aftermath of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire” and had the potential to be a thorn in the developer’s side.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Serge

    Although it is much better looking than many of the current development, it still manages to look not that much better than the Holiday Inn across the street. Also, hasn’t this been slated for development for over a decade?

    [Editor’s Note: The concept plans, circa 2008: From The Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Portfolio: Pine Street.]

  2. Posted by mark

    Good god that is hideous

  3. Posted by Steve

    More ice-trays….

  4. Posted by Jill

    Looks better than 8 Octavia. The ugly building from which I judge others

  5. Posted by Peter

    Can we please have a ballot measure to ban any more awful work by Architectonics?

    (Saitowitz did an AMAZING job at 8 Octavia!)

    • Posted by jill

      may be good architecture, but 8 Octavia is the ugliest building that has gone up in SF since the 70s

  6. Posted by unlivable city

    The distinctiveness of our neighborhoods is being ruined with all these awful boxes. Its like “chain store architecture” and we need to stop it. The whole planning/SFMTA/SPUR cabal needs to be run out of town on a rail, as they used to say in the old West. Sergio Leone, cue the orchestra.

    • Posted by zig

      I think it looks fine

    • Posted by woolie

      The horror of not being able to design what other people build on their property!

      • Posted by R

        This is San Francisco, and if I want to design what other people build, even if I have no idea what I am talking about, that is MY RIGHT!

  7. Posted by Joseph A

    Its an okay design , as for 8 Octavia , that is a great design !

  8. Posted by jlasf

    It seems like Arquitectonica keeps getting commissions. I wonder if this is a San Francisco thing
    or they are successful all over the country. So far, they have created one disappointing building after
    another here.

  9. Posted by sparky-b

    Nothing says Happy Halloween like ice cold Jagermeister.

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