CPMC MOB Rendering

Demolition for the medical office building which will rise up to nine stories across the street from CPMC’s Cathedral Hill Hospital is well underway and the seven parcels should be cleared for construction by the middle of October.

The 250,000 square foot building, which will be connected to the hospital by a tunnel under Van Ness Avenue, will provide space for outpatient services and staff.  A garage below the building will provide parking for around 550 cars.

CPMC’s Cathedral Hill campus is slated to open its doors in 2019.

12 thoughts on “Cathedral Hill Construction / Destruction Update And Timing”
  1. I miss the international bakery, one place in the city you could actually sit get a cup of coffee at a reasonable price, and watch the madness of the city drive, and walk by… with nice butter cookies to match.

    sad, we will end up with another institutional growth item, lacking transit improvement, and adequate provisions for housing… The bakery could have operated for a couple of years in all the delays, prior to closing.

    1. Right-o! Why would we want health care offices with underground parking connected to a major hospital, when we could be nibbling butter cookies over a cheap cup of joe, basking in indolence?

      1. You wouldn’t want sufficient health care services to deal with your heart problems developed through eating too many butter cookies after all.

    2. Are you a homeless heroin addict? Most of the bakery’s clientele were (because it was so convenient to the methadone clinic around the corner, now also gone).

      1. I think the French would argue proper butter cookies are a substitute for heroin. And if we can then substitute International Cafes for heroin – we eliminate methadone clinics – solving a major SOMA land use dilemma.

        I expect Gabriel Metcalf from SPUR will be sending a lifetime achievement award any time now.

  2. Years ago I was involved in the development of the Kaiser campus on Geary between Divisadero and Masonic. Kaiser also had plans to connect their MOB on the north side of Geary with the hospital on the south side. The problem in that case was SF MUNI. Although MUNI didn’t know what they wanted to do, they did know that “someday” they would upgrade the 38 Geary line, so they had staked claims gave them exclusive rights to a wide development window all along Geary.

    This extended from the highest conceptual point for overhead electric lines for a surface tram to 60 feet or so below grade for a subway. We created a planning review design for a bridge at the third floor level of the north side MOB that was approved by SF Planning, but the project never moved forward.

    I wonder if SF MUNI has similar prior claims on Van Ness?

    1. Van Ness already has wires for the 49 though. Given the way BRT will happen it’s more likely that we’d end up with a surface muni line on Van Ness than a subway (though both of those are pretty unlikely, even in the long term)

  3. @Aaron Goodman – totally agree.

    What can be done – the answer is obvious IMO.

    How is all this getting built with the Prop M cap? And given crony capitalist favorites in America’s most progressive big city get the allocations? Like Lennar at HP with 3 million feet of space (ties to Pelosi) or the Giants and Warriors with their office space. Or the area around the empty box being built below ground at the Transbay Center? The Saleforce tower is 1 million square feet alone. The Fremont towers almost one million square feet not to mention the troubled lot F planned office tower.

    Guess CPMC is one of the favored.

    But seriously, isn’t the Prop M cap used up already for the next 5 plus years?

    1. You asking a silly question. Obviously, the cap rolls over in years it is not used. For years, it was not used (after the fit come crash), so there were millions of square feet of unallocated space, which is now getting allocated. And, each year a new allocation adds to the total.

      That said, all the proposed, but not approved, developments far exceed the existing allotment, so not all will get approved. Also, by law, some parcels are located in specific zones (such as parts of Mission Bay) that get allocated available office space allotments before any project located elsewhere.

      No mystery here. It’s called the law operating as planned.

    2. You do know the Prop M cap is on office buildings only, not housing and probably not hospitals, right? I’m not sure about medical office buildings but anything healthcare related my not be covered.

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