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Updated Design for Apartments to Rise at Mid-Market Food Hall

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Since last fall's opening of the Hall, the temporary food hall that developers War Horse and Tidewater opened in the former Hollywood Billiards building, we've been awaiting further details on the residential mid-rise that will eventually take its place. As you recall, the existing building will be demolished to make way for a 13-story structure, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, with 186 apartments over ground-floor retail. Not terribly much has emerged about the design, though an early image got fingered in a John King gripe about the "aesthetic tangle" planned for Mid-Market. Meanwhile, SCB and the developers have been working on refinements to the project, and they just sent us the latest rendering.

The new scheme takes advantage of the site's relationship to the neighboring low-rise San Cristina SRO to present an angled facade that gives it a corner-like presence, though it's midblock, says Tidewater managing principal Craig Young. The SRO becomes a sort of brow for the new structure. "The goal was to celebrate that silhouette and not overpower it," adds Young.

The project, which is now working its way through environmental review, will include below-market-rate units on-site, though there's no word yet on how many. The current plan also includes a second-floor gym looking out over Market Street. As for the Hall? "We're not sure what the retail will do in the new building," says Young. "But the goal has always been to see if the Hall as a retail format could be replicated in the base of the building."

· Mid-Market's Hollywood Billiards Pops Up As a Food Hall [Curbed SF]
· 186 Apartments Planned for Market's Hollywood Billiards Site [Curbed SF]
· Plans for Rising Mid-Market Threaten to Create Aesthetic Tangle [SFGate]