Articles by Andrew Nelson

Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision, image courtesy UCSF

UCSF Opens Medical Facility a 490 Illinois Street, Mission Bay, San Francisco

A new medical facility has been opened for the University of California, San Francisco, at 490 Illinois Street, Mission Bay, San Francisco. The development expands upon an already-expansive campus of medical facilities run by the city university. The structure will contain the UCSF’s Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision, dedicated exclusively to research, teaching, and patient care services relating to eye care.

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19 North 2nd Street podium on left, tower to the right, image courtesy Anderson Architects

Slender Skyscraper Planned for 19 North 2nd Street, Downtown San Jose

Development permits have been filed for a 268-foot slender skyscraper at 19 North Second Street in downtown San Jose. This is the third time SF YIMBY is covering an Anderson Architects-design slender skyscraper in the Silicon Valley capital. Rising from a 9,375 square foot parcel, the structure will have a FAR of 1:19.7, making it one of the skinniest towers in the Bay Area.

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555 California Street seen right of center

Sale of Vornado and Trump Owned Iconic 555 California Now On Hold

Once the tallest building in the west of the United States, 555 California Street still stands out in the San Francisco skyline half a century later. The 1969-era skyscraper has long been symbolic of the city’s Financial District, second only to the Transamerica Pyramid. Currently, the building is majority-owned by Vornado Realty Trust, holding 70% of ownership, with a 30% partnership deal with the President’s Trump Organization. Vornado announced this week that they have temporarily ceased efforts to sell the building, as well as the 1290 6th Avenue tower in Manhattan, also part-owned by the President’s company, stopping the search for a potential $5 billion transaction. If made, the Trump Organization stood to gain $1.5 billion. Efforts to sell are expected to restart in 2021.

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