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SF's New Towers

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March 16, 2007--Looking up at the new beautiful JPMorganChase West Coast HQ Tower in San Francisco from "Neetos Cafe" skylight at 71 Stevenson Place...

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i spent the week and SF and it was a great city, I thought the city would be less dense, and i was also surprised of all the high rises hotel/apartments I wasn't exactly sure of what they were. Nice city and anything else added to the skyline would be great.

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i spent the week and SF and it was a great city, I thought the city would be less dense, and i was also surprised of all the high rises hotel/apartments I wasn't exactly sure of what they were. Nice city and anything else added to the skyline would be great.

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There are ton of new skyscrapers under construction here, esp. South of Market (SOMA)...including the new 645 Ft. Condo Tower rising now near the San Francisco/Oakland Bay bridge...SF is ineed very dense (2nd only to New York) and this weekend it seemed even denser with the Irish Parade party-goers filling the Civic Center on Saturday and then yet another Protest March Against Bush's WAR on Sunday. Downtown's Market Street was as packed (if not more packed) than Christmas Eve...but the vibe was all good & enjoyable...even when passing through the Theatre distict or rather the Tenderloin...I took some pics of the infamous scary TL (of crime!) and will post eventually.

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Yea I stayed on Market St. near 8th I think or 9th st. and it was packed from the business districts all the way to the piers and then east and west of those places, it was nice. Also the view from de Young is amazing.

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I found Palace of Fine arts to be the MOST amazing spot as far as a resident. It may suck a little to have the park across teh street and always have people, but honestly the view is amazing, and the fact that fi you walk 20 feet you are at the bay and have a great view of GGB. One thing I didn't like though was Market St./Downtown District, it seemed also to beat up, I think maybe it was overally infestes with homeless because the hills are to much to walk? :D.

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I found Palace of Fine arts to be the MOST amazing spot as far as a resident. It may suck a little to have the park across teh street and always have people, but honestly the view is amazing, and the fact that fi you walk 20 feet you are at the bay and have a great view of GGB. One thing I didn't like though was Market St./Downtown District, it seemed also to beat up, I think maybe it was overally infestes with homeless because the hills are to much to walk? :D.

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Looking at the "tiptop" of new 345 Ft., 18-story San Francisco Federal Building at 7th & Mission Streets...from the Tenderloin, North of Market...

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^great pictures I am gonna post some when I get a chance tomorrow afternoon.

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Its awesome to see some activity on this site from SF!!! I'm a New Yorker that spent a year and half out there. It was fun, but I missed New York too much!

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well I thank Zahc for really getting it going, I had a great time out there, and would like to see action in the SF sub and get to learn more about the projects.

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well I thank Zahc for really getting it going, I had a great time out there, and would like to see action in the SF sub and get to learn more about the projects.

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^i agree hopefully we can spark this forum up, I had a little hand with ug in the hawaii one and it is pretty active everyday, hopefulyl this happens here.

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...This is really not a new Tower, but an old blue-green cladded high-rise at 6th & Market Streets: named the David Hewes Building. David Hewes donated the "Golden Spike" when the Union and Central Pacific Railroads came together in Utah. The high-rise was one of the first large buildings built in The City in 1908, after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire...Imagine next year the 15-story David Hewes Building turns 100! For now, it still dominates this area of city's skyline...but that will soon pass with the building of nearly 30-story glass tower now under construction at 5th & Howard...

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North of Market Street

New Ritz Carlton Tower under construction

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New Skyscrapers South of Market Street...

40-story 4 Seasons Hotel, Condos & Retail Shops/Market (between 3rd & 4th Streets)

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55 2nd Street

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42-story St. Regis Museum Tower & 43-story Paramount Apartments / Mission & 3rd Street...

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JP Morgan Chase through an alley...

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like the shot of the alley, you gotta take some more downtown pictures, but from the other side of the bay, I didn't get to see that view.

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like the shot of the alley, you gotta take some more downtown pictures, but from the other side of the bay, I didn't get to see that view.

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^definitly post those pictures, I just uploaded more SF pictures, so I will put htem on here in a ittle.

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^definitly post those pictures, I just uploaded more SF pictures, so I will put htem on here in a ittle.

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Fantastic! By the way, I love the professional photography on your website...Your work is superb.

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thanks, I am learning how to shoot in RAW, so hopefulyl my pictures will look a little better soon, I think the colors are very dull lately.

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Photos taken 26 May 2007...

Rincon Hill not yet topped out...

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Looking at Rincon Hill from 2nd & King Street...(China Basin/Mission Bay area)

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Rincon Hill is rising...

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Looking north from King at new skycrapper rising in the distance, 5th Street at Howard...(off to left behind the flag is The Hilton)

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...new completed homes/condos flanking the new Federal Building stands over Trinity Plaza Apts on Market & 8th Street...

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SOMA Transbay tower height, which will definitely become The City by the Bay's tallest skyscrapper in this century, is yet up in the air...However, I look forward to seeing it rise at over 1000 ft., the way I so wished TransAmerica Pyramid had been built...except at the time of its development it blocked views of the bay (for complaining neighbors) so the height was greatly reduced...

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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Transbay tower's final height limit still up in the air

Nevertheless, rough proposals to develop train, bus terminal, rest of site due in July

John King, Chronicle Urban Design Writer

SAN FRANCISCO - When development teams submit their bids next month to build what could be San Francisco's tallest skyscraper, one key detail will be missing: the actual height of the building.

The tower proposed for First and Mission streets is part of larger efforts to build a new terminal for buses and commuter trains on the same block, and planning officials a year ago suggested raising the heights around the new station -- perhaps above 1,000 feet.

But the Planning Department has yet to begin studies on whether such heights make environmental sense at that location. So for now the zoning remains at 550 feet -- and the teams seeking to buy or lease the land from the Transbay Joint Powers Authority don't know exactly how large a tower they might be able to build.

Despite this, officials say the competition is on track -- and the loose ends shouldn't cause the project or competition to unwind.

"I don't think it affects us in a bad way at all," said Maria Ayerdi, executive director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. "We need to have a design team on board by April or May of 2008, and we're on schedule."

The authority was created in 2001 to replace the existing Transbay Terminal with a new transit center that would be the destination of buses from throughout the Bay Area and passenger trains from the South Bay and perhaps even Southern California.

The overall project cost is estimated at $3.4 billion, $983 million of which would fund the initial phase that includes tearing down the existing terminal and erecting its replacement.

The tower is a critical piece of the package, since authority officials estimate a developer would pay at least $360 million to control the site at the southeast corner of First and Mission streets where a high-rise would be allowed.

To whet interest, the authority in November launched an international competition for a "design and development team" that would not only build a tower but also design the new terminal.

Five teams responded; four were invited to submit full proposals that are due July 10. Last month one team -- made up of Boston Properties and renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava -- pulled out of the running.

The remaining three are formidable. Forest City Enterprises and McFarlane Properties are working with English architect Richard Rogers and the San Francisco firm SMWM. The development firm Hines is with Pelli Clark Pelli Architects of New York, and Rockefeller Group has paired with the San Francisco office of Skidmore Owings Merrill. During a review in late May where the teams went through technical issues with authority staff, Rogers and Cesar Pelli both flew to San Francisco for the presentations.

A seven-member jury composed largely of design professionals will choose the winning team based on factors such as the tower's demonstration of "green design, seismic and structural innovation." The competition rules also state that the jury "will focus on the timing and amount of revenue" to the authority.

The reality of the situation, however, makes it likely that teams will propose a range of economic offers since they're unable to say definitely how large and tall their tower might be.

For a time it seemed the sky was the limit: Planners in May 2006 proposed a cluster of towers starting at 850 feet near First and Mission. That's the height of the Transamerica Pyramid, now the city's tallest structure.

Additional height would boost the value of Transbay land. Also, by allowing two or three other extra-tall towers, the additional property taxes could be steered toward the project.

Aesthetics were a factor as well: "We have not paid a lot of attention to the drama of our skyline," Planning Director Dean Macris fretted at the time.

But Macris -- who was on vacation last week and unavailable for comment -- stressed that zoning changes would not be done without first studying the impact of such towers on shadows, winds, traffic and other elements of the downtown environment.

The assumption was that such a study would be started by the fall. Instead, it was December before the Planning Department issued a request for consultants to provide technical assistance on the zoning review. When both respondents also were on Transbay teams, complaints from competition rivals led the department to stop the process.

In May the department started again -- seeking a consultant to review tower prototypes from a seismic and safety perspective as well as urban design. The firm must also deliver results "as expeditiously as possible."

Submissions are due on June 18. The department wants to release a draft set of zoning proposals next spring.

In the meantime, the competition teams were directed in March to expect a maximum height of between about 800 and 1,200 feet, while striving for a design "as slender as possible in all aspects."

At the Transbay Authority, Ayerdi voiced confidence that the submissions in July will be strong and that a team will be selected in September, with contract negotiations then beginning in earnest.

"The contract we negotiate will be complex," Ayerdi said. "By the time all the details get ironed out, the Planning Department will have the information in place. I'm staying positive."

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Online resources:

Information on the Transbay Transit Center project and competition:

links.sfgate.com/ZFV

Information on the Planning Department's work in the Transbay area:

links.sfgate.com/ZFW

E-mail John King at [email protected]

This article appeared on page B - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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