The refined plans for a six-story “urban room” at the base of the proposed Oceanwide Center, which includes a pair of towers which would rise up to 910 feet in height along First Street and 636 feet in height along Mission, will be presented to San Francisco’s Planning Commission on Thursday.
As designed by Foster + Partners, the now 26,000 square foot privately-owned, but publicly-accessible, open space (POPOS) would connect First to Jessie and Ecker Streets, with multiple terraces, sitting areas, walkways and access to 12,500 square feet of ground floor retail space between the new towers and historic 88 First Street building on the corner.
A water feature at the far end of the Urban Room’s Event terrace, which could be cleared for farmers’ markets, exhibits or special events, would double as an elevated stage when the water isn’t flowing.
The Center’s Café-Terrace would be served by a new two-story cafe within the existing 78 First Street building on the site.
A pocket park would sprout along Mission, adjacent to the Center’s proposed 518 Mission Street hotel and condo tower.
And as envisioned, the ground floor of the historic 88 First Street building would become another high-end grocery store with offices above.
But once again, there are some potentially troublesome plans in the works for the un-landscaped areas on either side of the 88 First Street building in the plan for the development above.