@CurbedSF what's going on with this lot? The sign at the old McDonalds at 441 Pine says it's getting demolished pic.twitter.com/jtcGy4xaaT— Graham Harbison (@grahamharbison) June 19, 2013
While closed since last August, we can find no evidence of 441 Pine being slated for demolition, besides a less than convincing sentence scrawled in marker on the front door. The building is, however, located directly adjacent to 350 Bush Street, and a planned project known as Exchange Place. The plan calls for a 19-story office building with 360,000 sq. ft. that will incorporate the historic Mining Exchange Building as the main entryway. To gain approval, the nearby 500 Pine Street site was to be developed to a set height that would allow the St. Mary's Square park be expanded. The 350 Bush development would have a second entry along Pine, however in renderings you can see that 441 Pine is still standing. It is unclear as to whether 441 Pine will be incorporated into the new structure, will remain independent, or will indeed be demolished. The massive project was approved way back in 2001, so it's completely possible that the drawings and plans we have are antiquated at this point, however a purchase of the site in 2008 indicated they were still relevant at least up to then. A quick check into the planning department showed no recent information on either 441 Pine or 350 Bush, but we will be keeping a close eye on this one in the future.
·350 Bush Street (Exchange Place) [Heller Manus Architects]
·500 Pine [Heller Manus Architects]
·Finalist: 350 Bush St. [San Francisco Business Times]