Once a choice spot for second-hand goods, from furnishings to clothes, the Goodwill store in SoMa is now a thing of the past. Over the weekend, the South Van Ness and Mission structure was razed to make room for a new residential tower.
While the circa-1990s building lacked the architectural aplomb of, say, the Transamerica Pyramid, the adorability of our Painted Ladies, or the audacity of 8 Octavia, it was, for some, an unofficial San Francisco landmark. It just sort of stuck out in clumsy but cute fashion.
But now the former Goodwill Industries headquarters is no more. Behold:
The building sold in 2014 for roughly $60 million to Related California. Working with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (St. Regis Residences, A.C.T. Theater), the developer will create a 39-story, mixed-use development high-rise, boasting 540-unit luxury apartments and a handful of affordable units.
The new structure will be adjacent to an upcoming 462,000-square-foot office building that, among other things, will be the new home of the San Francisco Planning, Building, and Public Works Departments.
Good bye Goodwill. Hello dense infill in transit rich downtown SF. pic.twitter.com/xWdCp9aNtQ— Kyle Grochmal (@KCGrock) October 29, 2017
While this is good news for housing-starved San Francisco, the area is infamous for being a vehicular nightmare. Even before the advent of ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber, who have helped saddle streets with too many cars, the South Van Ness and Mission area remains a spot noted as a fiasco of auto traffic.