Demolition crews have cleared the former five-story structure that stood at 30 Van Ness Avenue. Next for the property is a mixed-use skyscraper that will expand the high-rise profile of Civic Center’s Market & Octavia Area Plan district, or ‘The Hub.’ Construction will create a 47-story tower with offices, 333 condominiums, and a performing arts space. Lendlease, a multinational Australian-based company behind many high-profile projects worldwide, is the project developer.
The demolished structure was erected in 1908 after the fire of 1906 by Healy & Tibbitts with design by MacDonald & Applegarth. The property was later remodeled in 1960 with an International Style facade, removing the historical character from the edifice. Initial planning documents suggested the building would be partially integrated into the new building, but evidence shows this was inaccurate. With demolition complete, Lendlease will now start work on excavating the 0.87-acre property.
The 47-story project has a rooftop height of 520 feet, though architectural features reach 540 feet above street level. The proposed tower will create 818,200 square feet, with 468,300 square feet for residential use, 234,100 square feet for offices, 20,920 square feet for retail, and 1,560 square feet for public open space. The 151-car garage will span 40,000 square feet with multiple car stackers.
Unit sizes will range from studios to three bedrooms. 83 condos will be sold below the market rate as on-site affordable housing. 33 will be affordable to low-income households earning roughly 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). 18 condos will be affordable for households earning around 105% AMI, and 33 will be sold to households earning 130% AMI.
Residential amenities will span the top of the podium. Three outdoor decks will offer, among other activities, a place for lounging, outdoor dining, and a dog run, all with a panoramic scene and only a few towers to block the view. The interior space will be divided between a fitness center, a coworking lounge, a socializing room, a solarium, and a game room.
Taking on the address of 1450 Market Street for the employee lobby, the new office space will occupy the ten-story podium. Future tenants will be enticed with large open floor plates, 14’6” floor-to-floor heights, and open terraces overlooking Van Ness Avenue. An HVAC system will service the space with MERV-15 filters capable of circulating with outside air.
Solomon Cordwell Buenz is responsible for the design. Rising from the wedge-shaped property, the structure has a two-story curtain wall wrap along the sidewalk, creating a transparent base to flood the lobby and retail space with natural light. The podium will rise 130 feet tall. The tower component will be set back a dozen feet from Van Ness, Fell, and Market Street. The massing is pinched in with butterfly-shaped floor plates, covered with off-white glass fiber reinforced concrete and bronze-tone accents. Curtain wall elements are integrated as an aesthetic element to divide the tower visually.
Once topped out, 30 Van Ness Avenue will be the tallest building in San Francisco west of the Financial District and SoMa. This milestone is expected to be eclipsed by the 590-foot tall proposal at 10 South Van Ness Avenue. A tower could rise to be 650 feet tall, but a proposal has not yet surfaced.
Lendlease purchased the property from the city in 2017 for $70 million.
New building permits estimate a minimum construction cost of $244 million, lasting 44 months from ground-breaking to completion. The project will be all-electric, with Lendlease targeting to achieve LEED Platinum certification. 30 Van Ness is soon to become the tallest building rising in the Bay Area, and upon topping out, will be the 19th tallest building in San Francisco.