Articles by Andrew Nelson

Aerial Northeast Urban Context for Moment 2.0, rendering courtesy Gensler

Gensler Tells SFYIMBY About Moment 2.0 Concept Proposal for Downtown San Jose Garage

One of the most inspiring challenges for urban planners is how to reintegrate overbuilt vehicle infrastructure into the city’s fabric. Gensler shows one solution for evolving these elements in a recent publication, even when there is an enduring necessity. As mass-transit is being improved and surface parking redeveloped across downtown San Jose, this process will increase the need for building like the San Pedro Market Parking Garage at 45 North San Pedro Street. Over the last year, Gensler’s San Jose offices noticed that the garage roof was often carless and was encouraged to see people visit and enjoy the space. Moment 2.0 is the firm’s response to this observation, a visual illustration that imagines a community environment they hope to see built.

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188 West Saint James, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

Construction Wrapping Up, Sales Launched for 188 West Saint James, Downtown San Jose

Construction is nearing the finish line for the $200 million two-towered high-rises at 188 West Saint James in Downtown San Jose. Apartment sales have already launched, with prices ranging from $525,000 to over $1 million. Z&L Properties is the project developer, with Polaris Pacific in charge of sales. Staff working on the development have confirmed for SFYIMBY that the building is expected to open towards the end of 2021 if conditions allow.

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1196 Columbus Avenue with density bonus, rendering by Elevation Architects

Demolition and Building Permits Filed for 1196 Columbus Avenue, North Beach, San Francisco

New building permits have been filed to demolish a one-story commercial structure to allow for a six-story group housing project at 1196 Columbus Avenue in North Beach, San Francisco. The proposal requests to use the State Density Bonus program to add ten extra units across two additional floors. Centrix Builders listed as the developer and property owner.

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Blocks 7A and 8 of the Potrero Power Station development, design by Foster + Partners, image courtesy public documents

Foster + Partners Design Revealed For Potrero Power Station, Dogpatch, San Francisco

New planning applications have been filed to begin the design review of three buildings from phase one of the Potrero Power Station mega-development in Dogpatch, San Francisco. Planning documents show the internationally acclaimed London-based Foster + Partners is the architect of Blocks 7A and 8, with block 7B by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects. Associate Capital’s California Barrel Company LLC is managing the development of the 5.3 million square foot project.

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Freedom West Elevation, image courtesy DLR Group

Planning Application Filed for Freedom West, Fillmore District, San Francisco

The Freedom West 2.0 developer team has filed a Preliminary Project Assessment application for the mixed-use Freedom West development at 710 McAllister Street in the Fillmore District of San Francisco. New documents provide greater insight and information about the $2 billion mixed-use expansion of the existing 382-unit non-profit housing co-op. This includes plans for residents to retain ownership while moving into market-rate quality units at no additional cost or rise in co-op fees. The Freedom West Homes Corporation is joined by the project sponsor MacFarlane Partners and Avanath Capital Management as the Freedom West 2.0 joint development team.

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