Good things happening at one of SOMA's bleakest corners. 680 Folsom Street is finally getting its makeover. Although the formerly waffle-fronted slab built for Pacific Bell is actually at the corner of Folsom and Hawthorne Street, it's been empty for years, looming over that 19th Century stable crowding the corner at Third Street. The site was once discussed as a possible expansion site for Moscone Center, later handed over to the bank in lieu of foreclosure and now resurrected by TMG Partners and Rookwood Capital. We're presuming the seismic retro-fit, re-skinning and rejuvenation is still the work of Craig Hartman at SOM- a design harking back to SOM's classic Mad Men buildings of the 1960s- and the rendering above does not show the old stable building.
No word on its future/demolition/re-use- although there was once talk of it becoming a performing arts museum- its current footprint narrows the sidewalk (with a bus shelter!) on a heavily-used pedestrian route. In more good news (via press release) TMG announced today that Riverbed Technology, the IT performance company, has taken a 10-year lease on floors 2 through 6, about a third of the renovation's total floor space. They already have their name on the rendering.
· Riverbed Technology [Riverbed]
· Three Buildings, Three Different Approaches (scroll down) [TMG Partners]
[Correction Appended: We originally identified PG&E as the previous occupant of 680 Folsom Street. It was Pacific Bell.]