The San Francisco Tennis Club at Fifth and Brannan streets has been hosting tennis matches for years, but new plans just submitted to SF Planning mean that its site is likely to get a new look as an office complex. However, tennis is set to be incorporated into the site's new use. There were rumors back in June that the club was being sold to developer Alexandria Real Estate Equities. Now, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the tennis club's owner, The Bay Club, is working with Alexandria and developer TMG Partners to create a five-story office complex that includes a sports club and four tennis courts.
The four-court plan is a big step down from the site's current 24 tennis courts, but the site's location at the center of SoMa's tech scene means that office buildings can draw in much more revenue than tennis courts. That doesn't mean that the tennis players are going to go quietly. They have already said that they will oppose plans to redevelop the club, so a big match is likely on its way for this development.
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