For the last twelve days of the year, SF YIMBY will look back on each month to reflect on the biggest stories we covered. During April, we first learned about the now-dead plans for a Home Depot near Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. Google finished up work on the futuristic East Charleston offices, and Westbank announced progress for Orchard Workspace.
April 7th: A preliminary application has been filed seeking the approval of a proposed Home Depot store at 5050 Broadway in Oakland. The project proposal includes the development of a Home Depot store offering a recycling program, a garden center, and onsite parking on a vacant property lot.
April 11th: Construction work is finishing up on Google’s Charleston East, a canopy-covered bespoke office building designed by two international architecture firms, Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios. The 111-foot tall project is located at 2000 North Shoreline Boulevard, by the Mountain View waterfront and across from the Shoreline Amphitheatre and the Googleplex. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is the project owner.
April 18th: Vornado Realty Trust has commissioned Fogarty Finger, a New York City-based architecture firm, to revamp the interiors of 555 California Street, located in San Francisco’s Financial District. The firm will oversee the refurbishment of the 34th and 46th floors to entice new tenants into one of the city’s most prominent office buildings. Work is expected to finish by July this year.
April 19th: Construction work has topped out with facade installation imminent on the latest addition to the UCSF Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, or ZSFG. The five-story building is rising at the corner of 23rd and Vermont Street in the Mission District, on what was once a surface parking lot. The UC Board of Regents is responsible for the project.
April 25th: Construction is expected to start next year for Orchard Workspace, a 20-story office proposal at 300 South 1st Street in Downtown San Jose. The news comes from the publication of the Draft Environmental Impact Report and the start of a public review period. The project aims to replace the 2.8-acre Valley Title lot with over a million square feet of office space and a large public market.