531 Bryant Street Site

Plans to construct a new six-story building behind the existing brick façade of the two-story building at 531-535 Bryant Street, which was built in 1918 and has been flagged as a potential historic resource, have been drawn and submitted to the City for review.

531 Bryant Street Site

The proposed development would rise to a height of 65 feet and includes five floors (37,500 square feet) of office space over 6,900 square feet of retail sales and/or services on the ground floor.

Two massings for the project have been drafted by Handel Architects, the second of which features a varied offset plane fronting Bryant Street (which is the direction the team would like to pursue).

And if you happen to be shopping for a unit in the Palms with a premium northeast view, or are thinking about selling one, it pays to be plugged-in.

15 thoughts on “Plans for Building up Central SoMa behind an Existing Facade”
  1. Good lord, if we have to do this facade preservation, let them build taller and pull back from the existing outer wall.

    1. Arc Light building is quite nice. Glad they saved that structure. While some think that we have “too many” brick buildings so it doesn’t hurt to lose one, that mentality will eventually leave us with zero.

      1. I think the important thing is the final design. If we are saving facades just to save them – but are producing substandard or derivative structures – then knock them down. But I considered living in Arc Light because it was genuinely an interesting building – for some people design is worth a price premium. If my point of view is rare, then there should be few “saved” structures. If my point of view is dominant, then there should be many. The great thing about a market economy is that we can all signal very easily what we value and what we want.

  2. What an un-imaginative building design.. Check out 178 Townsend St to see what a good looking building upon an existing brick facade can look like.

      1. The images are really just digital models, extremely early in the process and mostly show massing and 2 alternates.

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