While Related California is moving forward with plans to raze San Francisco’s aging Fire Station 13 at 520 Sansome Street in order to make room for a 200-foot-tall, mixed-use tower to rise on the site, a project site which now includes the adjacent parcels at 425-445 Washington Street as well, the mix of what Related is proposing to build has been revised.
While originally envisioned to yield a mix of 35 high-end condos over a 200-room Equinox hotel, a 36,000-square-foot athletic club, and a new fire station for the City, the condo component has been dropped from Related’s plans and replaced with 40,000 square feet of new office space across the tower’s 6th, 7th and 8th floors, with the hotel above and the aforementioned gym below.
The new fire station in the base of the building would now front Washington Street, with a double-height restaurant space on the corner, the hotel’s lobby on Sansome and the entrance to the gym and office space along Merchant.
As envisioned, the development, which is being designed by Steinberg Hart, would be topped with a 17th floor “sky lounge” and a rooftop terrace “POPOS” (Privately-Owned Public Open Space) wrapped in glass.
And all that being said, keep in mind that the development would likely cast some shadows on a number of nearby public parks and open spaces, as was the case for the previously proposed tower to rise on half the site, the significance of which will need to be assessed and could be disallowed and/or challenged by way San Francisco’s Sunlight Ordinance (a.k.a. Prop K).