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 in 2014:
“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 added when the preliminary plans for razing the Club and constructing a five-story building with 369,000 square feet of office space and a 25,000-square-foot fitness club with four outdoor tennis courts on the western fourth of the newly dubbed ’88 Bluxome Street’ site were revealed last year:
“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.”
Yesterday, a revised plan for two towers to rise on the site, with 750,000 square feet of office space, a recreation and child care center, and 50,000 square feet of PDR space – but no tennis courts – was submitted to the City for review. The new plans include deeding a fifth of the site to the City for the development of up to 100 units of affordable housing as well.
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ago, Pulte Homes had planned to build over 500 condos on the Tennis Club’s Central SoMa parcel, but those plans were withdrawn in 2008 with the economy turning and club members having organized to Save [Their] San Francisco Tennis Club.
An opposition group formed by club members dubbed ‘San Franciscans for Sports and Recreation’ is leading the charge this time around.