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Dogpatch condos ready to break ground

Four years in the making

Rendering of a four-story building in the Dogpatch.
The final design for 950 Tennessee.
Renderings by Handel Architects, courtesy Polaris Pacific

News of a new condo development at 950 Tennessee Street first broke in 2014, sporting a design that, at the time, Curbed SF called “clean-lined” and “white, boxy, and modern.”

Now the real estate marketing company Polaris Pacific tells Curbed SF that the project is finally ready to break ground; in fact, it will be underway by the end of the week.

Now marketed as “100 modern homes with creative spirit” (down a bit from the previously planned 108 units), the Tennessee Street development comes by way of Handel Architects (The Pacific, 450 Hayes). The design has changed considerably over the years, with the original “white box” approach giving way to a stiff and glassy look.

Commenting on those plans, Handel designers said:

The project site spans the width of a city block and will be u-shaped in plan, with open space in the form of a central courtyard. Although the building is one structure, the style and massing has been broken into two components: one residential in texture and the other more industrial, reflecting the variety in the immediate project vicinity.

[...] The southern portion of the building is designed with an industrial aesthetic. [...] The northern portion of the building, in contrast, will have an architectural aesthetic intended to reflect the more residential character of the Dogpatch.

A past 950 Tennessee design.
Handel Architects

The final rendering, furnished by Polaris, appears much the same. Originally owned by Oryx Partners, an anonymous LLC company bought 950 Tennessee in 2017 for a dollar less than $25 million, according to the city recorder’s files.

The city issued permits for “four new stories, one basement, 100 units, and a parking building” last December, and demolition of the previous building, a two-story industrial structure from 1947, began earlier this year.

If all goes as planned, the finished homes will start selling in fall of 2019.