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High-Rise Check-In: AVA, Hampton Inn, 222 Second Street

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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: AVA has made immense progress since we last checked in. The building is nearly complete, and is currently leasing for occupancy as early as next month. The 273-unit building is also getting the finishing touches on one of its public art displays: floating pianos mounted just above the main entryway on Ninth Street. For more info and interior renderings click here.

Tower: Hampton Inn
Height: 15 floors
Architect: Stanton Architecture
Specs: 174 room 3-star hotel, green roof, ground floor retail, setbacks on both frontages.
Currently: The future Hampton Inn hotel is only at about the 10th floor, yet it is still already the tallest building on the block. The aggressive set-back on the Mission side helps it blend easily with the street, while its appearance from the alley behind offers a more pronounced height. Look for this structure to top off in the next couple of months, after which the first bits of facade may be installed, and hopefully a new rendering released.

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 last time we checked in with 222 Second Street the dirt was just starting to get pushed around. Fast forward about five months and the site is completely excavated, tons of rebar has been installed and the site is nearly ready for a massive foundation pour. The base of a tower crane has been installed and this building should start going vertical soon enough. Basement build-out will likely take at least a couple more months, but the structure should begin to rise above ground soon after that.
·AVA coverage [Curbed SF]
·AVA at 55 Ninth [homepage]
·Hampton Inn coverage [Curbed SF]
·222 Second coverage [Curbed SF]