As we first wrote and ruffled some feathers with respect to the half-block San Francisco Tennis Club at 645 Fifth Street when the Bay Club was sold to York Capital Management and San Francisco-based JMA Ventures last year:
“While plans for the Bay Club’s clubs have yet to be announced, we’d be willing to bet that plans for developing the 645 5th Street site were central to the acquisition, especially in light of the fact that San Francisco’s pending Central SoMa Plan could up-zone the Tennis Club site for development up to 200-feet in height.”
And as we expected, plans to raze the existing SF Tennis Club have now been revealed, and tennis lessons and other activities will take place at the new tennis club, for example, activities such as Pickleball for those who had their best pickleball paddles as well as others.
As proposed by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, which focuses on the development of urban science and tech campuses and is in contract to purchase the site, a five-story building with 369,000 square feet of office space, 5,500 square feet of retail and a 25,000 square foot fitness club would rise across the eastern two-thirds of the newly dubbed ’88 Bluxome Street’ site.
The preliminary plans include four outdoor tennis courts on the western fourth of the parcel as well. The preliminary plans do not, however, take into account the proposed up-zoning of the site.
We fully expect a “phase two” plan to build higher across the site will eventually come to light. And we’d bet against the four tennis courts surviving as proposed.
Ten years ago, Pulte Homes had planned to build over 500 condos on the Tennis Club’s Central SoMa parcel, but those plans were withdrawn in 2008 with the economy turning and club members having organized to Save [Their] San Francisco Tennis Club.