As we first reported last week, the paperwork for a ballot measure entitled the “Don’t Demolish Recreation in San Francisco Initiative” has been filed with the City. And while the initiative doesn’t specifically name the proposed redevelopment of the San Francisco Tennis Club site at 645 5th Street as the demolition it’s intended to prevent, the proponent of record and text make it pretty clear.
As designed by IwamotoScott Architecture with Studios Architecture for Alexandria Real Estate Equities and TMG Partners, who entered into a contract to purchase the site from the relatively new owners of the Bay Club last year, the proposed 88 Bluxome Street development now includes 764,000 square feet of office space rising up to 250 feet in height over a 16,000-square-foot gym on the eastern three-quarters of the tennis club’s Central SoMa site.
A landscaped mid-block connection would be lined with restaurant and retail spaces and the entrance to 52,000 square feet of new PDR space (the majority of which would be located underground, along with a 195-car garage).
The project’s mid-block connection would provide passage from Bluxome to Brannan Street.
The western quarter of the site is envisioned to be developed with a community garden, a 27,000-square-foot community/recreation center (which is roughly a tenth the size of the current tennis club on the site) and a child care center for 80 kids, with the corner of the site at Brannan and 5th dedicated to the City for the development of around 100 units of below market rate (BMR) housing.
The proposed plans for 88 Bluxome are currently under review by the City, with Planning’s preliminary feedback due to the development team by the end of June.