For the past five years, San Francisco has been the near-recipient of a starchitect-designed tower at One Van Ness, Richard Meier's proposed residential high-rise at the corner of Market Street. Last we checked in, those plans were caught up in environmental review, and in the meantime developer David Choo sold the property to Build Inc. and GTIS Partners of New York. John King reports that the change in ownership has triggered a change in architect: Build Inc. is bringing on Snøhetta (of SFMOMA and Warriors fame), along with SCB, to draft a design for a new 400-foot tower.
Details on the new design haven't come out yet; the main piece of news is that the developers want to move the Muni Metro stop on the west side of Van Ness one block up, to Oak Street. A more northerly entrance would anchor a new public plaza connecting to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
The Chronicle also notes that the developers are under contract with the adjacent doughnut shop—which one of our commenters thought was an obstacle to the Meier tower. With the site seemingly sewn up and the prior developer's proposal already on file with the city, Build Inc. could get final approvals as soon as next fall for a brand-new, vowel-shifted Øne Van Ness.
· Previous Coverage of One Van Ness [Curbed SF]
· What's Up With the Richard Meier Project at One Van Ness? [Curbed SF]
· Snøhetta to Take Over Development Project Near Civic Center [SFGate]
· Twitter-Stalking the Rise of Snøhetta's Big SFMØMA Expansion [Curbed SF]
· Previous Coverage of the Golden State Warriors [Curbed SF]