While Planning balked at the proposed approach for securing two separate office allocations for the redevelopment of the historic Central SoMa building at 130 Townsend Street, which is currently home to Tres SF, and the parking lot at 100 Stanford Street which occupies the remainder of the former Inglenook Vineyard warehouse parcel behind, the plans have since been refined and Presidio Bay Ventures is pushing ahead and seeking a streamlined approval of the project.
As proposed, a four-story “addition” would still rise up to 65 feet in height behind the existing building’s façade, albeit a bit further set back, and yield 34,000 square feet of office space along with 2,300 square feet of new retail fronting Townsend Street.
From the design team at Stanton Architecture:
“The design intent is to create a vertical addition that references the materiality and solidity of the historic brick building facades at the ground level through the use of equally spaced horizontal terra cotta louvers that will mitigate solar gain while allowing views out from the upper levels of the office tenant space.
The vertical addition takes the form of a “cube” at the southern part of the building and is intended to read as a modern, sculptural volume composed of horizontal banding reminiscent of the vernacular material of the historic masonry building below. The facets of the cube are sculpted on three sides away from the existing building envelope below to break down the mass of the addition and provide a landscaped roof above the existing building.”
At the same time, a new five-story and “completely autonomous” building is still slated to rise on the parking lot parcel behind and yield an additional 46,500 square feet of office space (along with 711 square feet of PDR).
From the design team with respect to the proposed Stanford Building:
“The two-story base of the proposed building references architectural form and materials prevalent in the South End Historic District, utilizing punched openings, terra cotta tile as primary cladding material, and a regular fenestration rhythm. The stepped back upper levels continue the bay rhythm established by the masonry base, employing a more transparent glazing system to allow daylighting and minimize lighting loads. The design of the proposed Stanford Building incorporates an entry courtyard and serves as part of the required Privately-Owned Public Open Space (POPOS).”
The overall development would yield a total of over 80,000 square feet of new office space, which is well above the “small office” project threshold of 49,999 square feet, as defined and restricted by San Francisco’s Proposition M, but the two-building approach would suggest that the project team hasn’t completely given up hope of qualifying for two separate, and less limited, “small office” allocations.
And while the louvered addition above the historic Tres building is now set back by as much as 25 feet from Townsend Street, keep in mind that Planning was advocating for a setback of “at least 40 feet” from Townsend, “in order to avoid compromising the integrity of the existing historic resource.”
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.