The building permits for 200 affordable apartments to rise on the western portion of Mission Bay Block 7, fronting Fourth Street between China Basin and Mission Bay Boulevard North, were issued last year.
And according to a plugged-in source, the ground for the four-story development – a development which has been waylaid for years, in part due to the dissolution of San Francisco’s Redevelopment Agency – will be broken in April and the building should be ready for occupancy in September 2016.
Originally intended to be developed by UCSF, which would have provided occupancy preferences for UCSF employees, the project is now being developed by Related California along with the Chinatown Community Development Center. The project will target households with incomes averaging up to 60 percent of the Area Median.
And while UCSF families will no longer be given any specific preferences for securing an apartment, employees of universities and health care institutions in San Francisco will be given a general preference for 50 of the project’s 200 units.
An overview of the Block 7 West development which was designed by David Baker + Partners:
The Project will be a significant 230,000 square foot mixed-use building with an interior courtyard at both grade and podium level. The building will be bounded on the west by 4th Street, on the north by China Basin Street, on the south by Mission Bay Boulevard North, and on the east by a private walkway, or pedestrian mews. Because of the large size of the lot, the design uses variations in massing to break up the building into distinct components.
The west portion of the Project that fronts 4th Street is four stories of residential uses above a ground floor podium that accommodates the project’s retail and parking. Retail is located along the 4th Street frontage and wraps around the corner at Mission Bay Boulevard North. This corner serves as the focal point of the project — located across from UCSF — and uses variations in materials — including Cor-ten steel siding, galvanized metal siding, and steel and composite lumber awnings — variations in colors, and various sized projections on upper floors to distinguish it from the rest of the project which features smooth-troweled cement plaster in four color variations. The retail includes glass storefronts and includes locations for future signage to create an interesting pedestrian experience.
The eastern portion of the building that is bounded by the pedestrian mews includes four stories of residential uses. The ground floor is set back 20 feet from the pedestrian mews and includes walk up residential units with stoops. The north side of the building features stoops leading to ground floor units, a secondary lobby to the residential component of the Project, and the entrance to the covered parking. The south side of the building also has stoops to street accessible ground floor units, the primary entrance to the residential component of the Project, and a break in the massing where the building’s 28,000-square-foot courtyard is visible from the street.
The internal courtyard is divided into two open space areas: approximately 9,000 square feet above the parking podium and approximately 14,000 square feet at-grade. Both spaces are programmed with walkways, planters, and small green open spaces. The podium-level courtyard features an open, turf covered area as a place where children can play, among other activities and the project is located a two block walk from a 1.12-acre Children’s Park that will be completed in late 2015.
The garage for the development will include parking for 52 cars and 306 bikes. And while rendered with a Bi-Rite on the corner, the grocery remains an “artist’s conception,” at least for now, but there will be over 10,000 square feet of retail space fronting Fourth Street.