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30-Story Hotel Tower Proposed for Transbay's Tehama Street

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There have long been plans for the narrow parking lot at 48 Tehama Street in the Transbay District. Over the past decade, designs and applications have been submitted to turn the building into various combinations of office space, hotel rooms, and housing, including one very funky design from BAR Architects. However, all of those plans have lain dormant since 2009, when permits to put office space on the land were revoked. Now, the site is back on the table with a Preliminary Project Assessment submitted to Planning last week for a 30-story tower that would serve primarily as a 95-room hotel.

The hotel would take up 19 stories of the 366-foot tower. There would also be two floors of residential space with four units in total. Space for a 4,900-square-foot restaurant is included, and there is room for 10 below-ground parking spaces at adjacent 543 Howard Street. 48 Tehama sits right across the street from 41 Tehama, which is set to get a 35-story tower with 418 housing units. The Transbay District is, of course, a hotbed of activity right now, perhaps making the time right for the 48 Tehama project to finally take off.

· Rumblings & Bumblings: Centennial Towers, SoMa Funk [Curbed SF]
· 48 Tehama Street Preliminary Project Assessment [SF Planning]
· 41 Tehama Fetches New Owner [Curbed SF]