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SoMa’s iconic Goodwill store demolished

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Second-hand purveyor bids adieu

Photo by Darwin Bell

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.

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.