Having broken ground at the end of 2016, the 55-story tower and two podium buildings rising along Folsom Street, on Transbay Block 8 between Fremont and First, are now expected to be ready for occupancy in the second quarter of 2019.

As designed by Fougeron Architecture, the two podium buildings will yield 80 below market rate apartments which will be managed by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and be made available to families earning up to 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). The podiums are expected to be construction complete in April of 2019.

And as designed by OMA (Office of Metropolitan Architecture) for Related California, the 55-story tower rising at the corner of Folsom and First, behind the podium fronting Fremont, will yield 118 condos over 350 apartments (70 of which will be offered at below market rates) and should be ready for occupancy in May of next year.

Keep in mind that an operator for the downsized grocery store space at the base of the development , which Whole Foods had been eyeing, has yet to be secured.

And if a lease hasn’t been inked at least 12 months prior to the anticipated completion date of the grocery store space, Related can seek approval from the City to reprogram the 12,500-square-foot space for another use. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by jwb

    I always liked this one for the alley connecting Folsom and a new block of Clementina that will dead-end just south of Fremont. Combined with the new block of Clementina recently completed between Fremont and Beale, we can actually start to see some of the decades-old elements of the Transbay plan coming together.

  2. Posted by Pero

    Changes comes slowly and then suddenly: I believe 2019 will be an eye-popping year where a few amazing projects will live and completely transform the east of the city:

    – Multiple buildings around Transbay center will be finished
    – Central Subway going live at end of 2019
    – Chase Center opening doors around Sept/Oct 2019
    – New HQs for Uber, Dropbox etc. coming to full capacity in Mission Bay

    There might be other projects I missed and everything is subject to delays. However, I remain excited about seeing whole neighborhoods transform in from of my eyes.

    • Posted by jwb

      The prime contractor on the Central Subway says it won’t open until Spring 2021. Only the SFMTA is still sticking with the claim of 2019.

      • Posted by SFRealist

        Should we take bets on when the Central Subway Boondoggle will actually open?

        I’ll say early 2022.

      • Posted by Bayview_Rising

        After an hour-long commute at 6pm last night on the T-line from Hudson to Powell, the central subway can’t come fast enough. Unfortunately, we’ll still have to deal with the debacle at 3rd/4th and Channel St. That being said, I’ve been working with MTA for 2+ years on speeding up the T-line on 3rd w/ signal priorities etc and they still say that’s at least 12 months off “because it’s very complicated”.

        If signal priority/timing takes 3+ years, My bet is at least 2021-2022 for opening of the Central Subway.

        • Posted by David S

          Thanks Bayview_Rising, that’s valuable information (I am glad to hear that SFMTA is actually _doing_ something about that intersection). Though, of course, I wish they had found the money to tunnel the T-Third over to Mission Bay and entirely avoid that cluster.

        • Posted by Pero

          If the Chase Center opens for the 2019/2020 season and there is no Central Subway in place for another 2-3 years, SOMA and Mission Bay will be traffic nightmares on 41 nights of the year. Add to that all the new peeps working at Salesforce Tower, new Facebook location, Uber HQ and Dropbox HQ and you get the picture.

          • Posted by c_q

            it will actually probably be traffic nightmare regardless. That’s because since T is surface on 3rd they will likely have to block traffic to allow trains to get through – more trains via central subway probably means more blockages. Since chase center is on bay side of 3rd and nearly every vehicle will be crossing 3rd at some point. It would not surprise me to see them make 3rd no through traffic during events similar to what happens in san jose along light rail line by levi stadium.

          • Posted by another anon

            What do you mean 41 nights a year? The stated goal for any arena is maximum utilization – e.g. concerts etc. to sell tickets as close to 365 days a year as possible. I can’t remember the original projections but I think it was around 250 events a year, including Warriors games.

            [Editor’s Note: Warriors Projecting Over 200 Events Per Year In Mission Bay.]

          • Posted by somalandlord

            it’s already a traffic nightmare. Those Ford GoBikes are really the way to go in the SoMa/MB/SouthBeach microhood.

        • Posted by Wai Yip Tung

          It also spend a lot of time stopping at Berry St. I wonder if has prioritized.

          • Posted by Martin

            One of the tracks shares space with cars, so cars frequently block T. The signal there needs to hold the green long enough to flush all the cars out of the way. Alternatively, maybe remove the left turn onto Berry. If you need to go there, then take T, Walk, Bike, or just have your Lyft take you via the traffic circle.

  3. Posted by Notcom

    Not to quibble – well, OK, it’s quibbling…but it’s ON TOPIC quibbling – but why say “two podium buildings” if only one is going to have a tower above it? Isn’t that the qualification that makes something a “podium”? We don’t talk about the thousands of “podium buildings” out in the Avenues or the Mission.

    • Posted by Hunter

      Agree. And I don’t get why the city okayed these so-called “podiums” at so short a height—for all affordable housing, couldn’t we at least do 15-20 stories?!

      • Posted by Fishchum

        And where does the money come from to pay for these additional stories?

        • Posted by Hunter

          The several other all-affordable projects that are in multi-year delays. When something is moving along, we should maximize its density—neighbors have been blocking affordable projects all over SF.

          • Posted by Fishchum

            That didn’t answer my question. Developers are required to build X amount of BMR units per project. If that number produces two podiums of 80 units, who is going to pay for the additional units in order to “maximize density”?

          • Posted by Hunter

            Do you not know about the city’s trust fund for affordable housing? I believe this is *separate* from the fund that receives $ every time a developer doesn’t want to build onsite—which is often. City money is where all-affordable projects are generally funded.

          • Posted by Fishchum

            @Hunter – I’m not sure if that that money is just “sitting there” and available to use. I have to imagine most of it has been earmarked for other projects.

            I agree that more density here would be great for BMR housing. I’m just don’t if the money is there for it, or if The City can just partner up with an existing project.

  4. Posted by archiwha?

    is it just me or did OMA get a little lazy on the tower design here?

    • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

      I don’t know, we’d have to see floorplans and interior renderings to get the complete picture. While Koolhaas has produced his share of stunt architecture, my impression is that OMA/AMO’s core competency is in creating great interior spaces and not so much exterior skins.

    • Posted by Frisco

      I don’t really get the design logic of the cutouts on the bottom half. In concept it’s a reversal of the top setbacks, but why does it take that form?

      • Posted by citicritter

        Frisco – pretty sure the form is strongly inspired by OMA’s smaller, earlier unbuilt NYC tower design, 121 East 22nd Street (stepping in for the top half of the tower and the inverse for the bottom)…

  5. Posted by Alex Ahuatzi

    If I remember correctly OMA had released a prior design that was actually quiet stunning but they watered down the design, probably due to financial constraints.

  6. Posted by Egsinsf

    I like the birds in the rendering. I hope those make it through the budgeting process.

    • Posted by donjuan

      “The v formation does not conform to the neighborhood character. We request all birds fly in an unorganized fashion, clumpy fashion.”

      • Posted by Richard

        AND the birds cast shadows!

  7. Posted by Pablito

    Great looking renderings!

  8. Posted by SocketSite

    UPDATE: The Block 8 tower has been dubbed “The Avery” and the sales office for the 118 condos will open this summer, with occupancy “as early as spring 2019” (as plugged-in people knew to expect).

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