Having just cleared a key environmental hurdle which obviates the need for a detailed Environmental Impact Report to be prepared for the project, the further refined plans for a bold 13-story building designed by Woods Bagot to rise on the northeast corner of Van Ness and Post are now even closer to reality.

The development as proposed would now yield 107 condos, a mix of 59 one-bedrooms and 48 twos, over a new 107,000-square-foot medical office building, with a 4,400-square-foot restaurant space and adjacent terrace atop the buildings podium, on the 6th floor, a 275-car garage with 53 spaces for the dwelling units, and 24,500-square-feet of retail space (which isn’t likely to be leased to a full-service grocery store as originally teased but could still support a smaller market as the space has been divided in two).

And with an updated project application having already been submitted to Planning, and a Transportation Demand Management Plan having been drawn, we’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Carpe Zeitgeist

    It exciting to see the plans of a real 21st century vision of Van Ness move through the approval process and hope to see this realized in the 2020s.

  2. Posted by Kyle S.

    The northeast corner of Van Ness and Polk? But they’re parallel…

  3. Posted by ckd

    Based on the rendering it looks like 1200 Van Ness. (Cross street at Post). Today it’s where the 24 hour fitness is at.

  4. Posted by Invented

    Handsome building; refreshing change from the forgettable derivative schlock on the Corridor. More inventive design on VN please.

  5. Posted by Dave (Seattle dude)

    Just a thought – the building directly adjacent and to the east on Polk should be incorporated into the project. Buy the air rights, allow east-facing windows and create a private roof garden for the east facing units. Upgrade the exterior of the three story building to compliment the red “tease” of the new structure. The red vibe is already going on the ground level of the older building. How about red awnings over the second and third story windows?

  6. Posted by Miraloma Man

    It’s a nice design, and a damn sight better than what’s there today.

  7. Posted by UnlivableCity

    To me it looks like a container ship stacked too high with 20 footers. Was just in CDMX and spent an afternoon on Avenida Alvaro Obregon in Roma Norte. Breed should send a team there to learn how to make a big street work for the people who use it.

    • Posted by Orland

      If you liked that, you might want to check out SF’s Panhandle — a greatly under-appreciated treasure.

      • Posted by Sierrajeff

        The Panhandle is nothing like Avenida Alvaro Obregon. The Panhandle is a mishmash greensward with no real theme or focus, bracketed by two quasi-freeway thoroughfares. Avenida Alvaro Obregon is more analogous to Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue in Back Bay, or any of a number of diagonals in D.C.

        • Posted by Orland

          Well, you’re right, it is all subjective. What you refer to as a “mishmash” I regard as organic as the Panhandle contains as amazing a collection of individual trees as you are likely to find in any urban setting. The main distinction is, of course, the fact that the two traverse entirely different neighborhoods.

          For comparison’s sake, I’d say Boston’s Back Bay is much more akin to Portland’s Park Ave. than A Obregon.

  8. Posted by BobN

    Are those townhouses with yards on top or a three-story apt building plopped on the roof deck?

  9. Posted by SF_LIfer

    A question for down the street:
    With CPMC taking over 2 of the corners of Van Ness/Geary, and Tommy’s having landmark status, are there any plans for the SE corner where the hotel and Mel’s are? Seems ripe for the (CPMC) picking.

  10. Posted by Sutro_Tower

    A 275-car garage plopped on Van Ness which has been designated a high injury corridor and that has been reconfigured for bus rapid transit strikes me as totally counter to the city’s vision zero and ‘transit-first’ policies.

  11. Posted by L'Urbanista_SF

    Joe Fang owns the existing lot/building. He and I talked about 12 years ago regarding building a MOB here. Interesting that this has actually progressed.

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