Apparently, getting everyone in the same building encourages collaboration. That's the theory behind the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's decision to co-habit with other agencies at 390 Main Street, the WWII-era tank factory that later became a USPS distribution center. With a choice location amidst new condo construction and the Transbay Terminal, the hulking grey mass may suddenly become the belle of the ball. Despite ongoing opposition from the East Bay politicians, the MTC is going ahead with plans to give the building a new look and a new life. From the Commission's site:Anchor agencies include the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and possibly the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). The Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is also considering relocating to the facility. According to the Perkins+Will architect presenting at the meeting, the plan “encourages collaboration through co-location.” After spending $93M to purchase and looking at another $74M to renovate, the commission hopes to move into their new digs in Summer, 2014. Work includes carving a new atrium through the core and opening up glassy vistas at sidewalk level– although it looks like the Harrison Street side will remain fairly bleak. Plans include a mix of agency and commercial tenants with a total headcount of about 1200, parking for 104 cars (including 53 valet spaces) and 100 bikes, plus retail and a "food hall." Which, via the Rincon Hill Neighbors newsletter, we hear locals are hoping will include a actual groceries. Public parking will probably be severely limited, so don't expect a TJ's anytime soon.
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