For the last twelve days of the year, SF YIMBY will look back on each month and reflect on the biggest stories we covered. We start with January, which includes movement on Google’s Downtown West in San Jose, demolition work for 30 Van Ness, and the opening of 434 Minna Street in SoMa.
January 1st: Development plans are moving forward for Sequoia Station, a six-structure mixed-use proposal to reshape the downtown of San Mateo County’s third-largest city. The Los Angeles-based private real estate company, Lowe, has spent $73 million acquiring the second half of the block around 1057 El Camino Real in Redwood City. The firm looks to construct three million square feet of housing and offices, parking, and public open space.
January 19th: Brookfield Properties has announced that leasing is underway for The George, a 302-unit residential tower at 434 Minna Street in SoMA, San Francisco. The 20-story apartment building is a part of the 5M development, which has changed four acres of former surface parking into a mixed-use pedestrian-oriented complex. 5M is being developed by a partnership with Brookfield and Hearst.
January 20th: Aerial renderings have been provided for the West Oakland Mandela BART Station development, spanning 5.58 acres around 1451 7th Street. The development hopes to create new homes, a life science laboratory, thriving retail, and a network of public open spaces to reshape former surface parking into a new urban heart for the burgeoning area. The project is a joint development dubbed CHEC-SUDA-Hensel Phelps.
January 21st: Plans for a new cricket stadium at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds have been announced by Major League Cricket and Santa Clara County. The popular sport has been gaining traction in the Bay Area, with the MLC crediting the growing South Asian community as a catalyst for construction in San Jose. HKS will be the project architect, charged with designing a state-of-the-art arena to seat up to 15,000 fans.
January 26th: 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.
January 27th: Development permits have been filed for a new office tower at 1919 Webster Street in Downtown Oakland. Update plans include a 33-foot increase to 408 feet tall and detailed information about the proposal. Ellis Partners filed the application.
January 28th: Preliminary plans have been filed, showing a draft design for new affordable housing for seniors at 1001 Franklin Street on Cathedral Hill, San Francisco. The new project, dubbed Ella Rohlffs Place, will replace surface parking with 94 new homes. The John Stewart Company is sponsoring the development for the property owner, Martin Luther Towner Inc.