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Ritz-Carlton Lite

It can take us at Curbed SF a while to wrap ourselves around something we hear or read. Some days we're a slow, but that usually goes away after a Bloody Mary at breakfast, and then we're fine.

So it was a little tough to absorb in Matt Lanning's SFhomeblog that developer Alexis "Carrington" Wong of AGI Capital is trying to delay the approvals to replace the low-rise, low-income Trinity Plaza with a series of towers and open plazas designed by Arquitectonia. Because the vision is not upscale enough.

Alexis is putting up a craptastic tower at 1160 Mission, the Soma Grand, twenty-stories with a five story base of parking and luxury shopping between Trinity Plaza and the Morphosis Federal Building, and clearly pissed off by the wrong demographics. Soma Grand is high-concept residential, in partnership with Joie de Vivre, making her equally unhappy with sweaty civil servants to the east and rental units to the west. But there's nothing she can do about the Federal Building.

Alexis should keep her mouth shut. The odds of Trinity Plaza becoming luxury housing are a lot less than the odds of Trinity Plaza staying exactly as it is.
· Wealthy Developer Tries to Stop Rebuilding Trinity Plaza [SFhomeblog]
· Wealthy Developer Tries to Stop Rebuilding Trinity Plaza [BeyondChron]
· Soma Grand