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Highrise Check-In: Updates on AVA, 100 Van Ness, 222 Second

Welcome to San Francisco Rising, where Curbed checks in on the status of new towers contributing to San Francisco's increasingly tall skyline. Want to know more about a specific tower? Leave a comment after the jump or drop an email.

Tower: AVA at 55 Ninth
Height: 200 feet (approximate), 17 floors
Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Specs: 273 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments, 5,000 sq. ft. ground floor retail, gym, free Wi-Fi, bike repair area, pet washing station and an abundance of community space.
Currently: The glass curtain wall is nearly installed and interiors are ramping up on one of Mid-Markets newest additions. AVA is expected to start leasing later this year for a 2014 occupancy. With this and the opening of Nema in stages from now through early next year expect to see changes to the neighborhood start to accelerate.

Tower: 100 Van Ness
Height: 400 feet, 29 floors
Architect: Albert F. Roller (original), Solomon Cordwell Buenz (current)
Specs: 399 units, 29th floor roof deck, ground floor retail, 112 underground parking spaces
Currently: All the windows are gone and the original masonry facade is about 60 percent removed. Expect to see interior work increase before the new glass curtain is installed which will give this re-purposed tower a much more modern look and elegant feel.

Tower: 222 Second Street
Height: 350 feet, 26 floors
Architect: Heller Manus
Specs: 450,000 sq. ft. of LEED-registered Class A office space, 5,000 sq. ft. ground floor retail, 2 levels underground parking and 8,500 sq. ft. of public space.
Currently: The site is not much to see currently as shoring and ground improvements are underway to prepare for excavation. With 2 floors of underground parking, don't expect to see this one rise above the ground for months to come, but as long as market conditions stay stable we do expect this tower to move along, as only a couple other speculative towers are currently under construction.
·100 Van Ness Coverage [Curbed SF]
·222 Second Street Coverage [Curbed SF]
·Nema Coverage [Curbed SF]