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Behold, the City's Upcoming Developments Waiting to Break Ground

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Remember when we were in a recession and no development projects were seeing the light of day? Yeah, well, apparently the clouds have lifted, because the city's been cranking out Environmental Reviews over at the Planning Department. We thought we'd take a minute to check on some of the projects that are cookin' in the oven. Some of these have been approved and some haven't, but all are in the early stages of development and haven't broken ground yet (that we know of – tipsters, correct us if we're wrong). All of which means we won't actually see them complete for years to come, of course. SOMA and Market-Octavia seem to be the hottest spots for upcoming new projects. This list is by no means comprehensive, so leave a comment or drop us a line if there are others you'd like to see included.

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1. Transbay Tower

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101 1st Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Arguably the biggest developments to hit the city, its surrounding Transbay Transit Center District is the impetus for major density and height increases. The new 61-story building will contain 1.37 million sq.ft. of office space, 10,600 sq.ft. of retail space, 28,300 sq.ft. of publicly-accessible open space, and 39,370 sq.ft of below ground parking. Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli

2. 706 Mission Street

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706 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA

A new 550-foot-tall, 47-story residential tower to be adjacent and connected to the existing 10-story Aronson Building, which would be restored and rehabilitated for The Mexican Museum. FEIR is up for certification today. Architect: Handel Architects

3. 200-214 Sixth Street

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214 6th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

This corner would house 56 affordable family apartments, restaurant, retail, and community space. The Draft EIR was just published in February. Architect: Kennerly Architects

4. 8 Washington

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8 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

The EIR was certified, but this project is so wrapped up in appeals and lawsuits, who knows if it’ll ever break ground. The proposed project includes staggered towers with 145 units of housing, ground floor retail, and revamped health club. Architect: SOM

5. SFMOMA expansion

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147 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

The flashy new expansion on the Museum of Modern Art will more than triple the existing gallery space. The EIR was certified back in 2011, and the existing space is slated to close June 2, 2013 to begin construction. Architects: Snøhetta

6. Warriors Arena

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The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133

Perhaps you’ve heard of this one? Piers 30/32 are poised to be the home of a swanky new arena that’ll host a slew of other events, as well as a large public open space. Environmental Review has barely even begun on this one. Architects: Snøhetta and AECOM

7. 340 Fremont

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340 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Approved back in 2006, this project calls for 400ft tower on a podium housing up to 348 units and 269 parking spaces. It’s still undergoing review. Architect: Handel Architects

8. 250 Fourth Street

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250 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

The project proposes to demo the Olivet Theological University and construct a new 220-room 11-story tourist hotel with 4,265 sq.ft. of restaurant/bar/retail space at Fourth and Clementia streets. Neighbor disputes over height and use slowed down the approvals process. Architect: Axis Architecture & Design

9. 222 Second Street

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222 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Back in 2010 the Planning Commission approved a project at the corner of 2nd and Howard Streets for a 26-story, 350-foot office tower with restaurant/retail on the ground floor. Design elements were tweaked this year, and needed to get the green light. Architect: Gensler

10. Transbay Block 9

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500 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

The 41-story, 563-unit mixed-use tower will include, with 113 below market-rate, below-ground parking, elevated gardens, and a green house. There will also be 6,000 sq. ft. of retail space on the ground floor along Folsom Street, with a public park that connects Folsom to Clementina Street and the proposed Oscar Park. Architect: SOM

11. Pier 70

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70 Pier
San Francisco, CA 94107

The development of this "Waterfront Site" includes 270,000 square feet of "creative core" within 25 acres of land between Illinois Street and the water, and 20th and 22nd streets. Developer: Lennar

12. Parcel H

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400 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Part of the old Central Freeway site, the project calls for a new four- to five-story mixed-use building with up to 34 units (4 on-site BMR units), 2,035 sq.ft. of ground floor commercial space and 17 parking spaces in an underground garage. Architect: DDG Partners and Fougeron Architecture

13. 181 Fremont

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181 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Another in the Transit Center District Plan area, this project will have 404,000 sq.ft. of office space, 74 dwelling units, 2,000 sq.ft. of retail space, and below ground parking. Architect: Heller Manus

14. 1601 Larkin

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1601 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

One of the most contentious project of recent memory. After a lengthy back-and-forth between developers, neighbors, the Planning Department, and the United Methodist Church, the most recent iteration of the design includes a scaled-down version of the 27-unit condo building. Architect: Ian Birchall & Associates

15. New Mission Theater condos

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2554 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Along with a renovated New Mission Theater, the project calls for demo of the neighboring Giant Value department store to build an eight-story, mixed-use building with 114 dwelling units, 89 off-street parking spaces, and ground-floor commercial space. It was approved by the Planning Commission in January. Architect: Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning

16. Octavia Gateway

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8 Octavia Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

The shiny boxes comprise 8 stories with 49 units, ground floor retail, and 24 off-street residential parking spaces. It was approved back in September. Architect: Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects

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1. Transbay Tower

101 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Arguably the biggest developments to hit the city, its surrounding Transbay Transit Center District is the impetus for major density and height increases. The new 61-story building will contain 1.37 million sq.ft. of office space, 10,600 sq.ft. of retail space, 28,300 sq.ft. of publicly-accessible open space, and 39,370 sq.ft of below ground parking. Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli

101 1st Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

2. 706 Mission Street

706 Mission St., San Francisco, CA

A new 550-foot-tall, 47-story residential tower to be adjacent and connected to the existing 10-story Aronson Building, which would be restored and rehabilitated for The Mexican Museum. FEIR is up for certification today. Architect: Handel Architects

706 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA

3. 200-214 Sixth Street

214 6th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

This corner would house 56 affordable family apartments, restaurant, retail, and community space. The Draft EIR was just published in February. Architect: Kennerly Architects

214 6th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. 8 Washington

8 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

The EIR was certified, but this project is so wrapped up in appeals and lawsuits, who knows if it’ll ever break ground. The proposed project includes staggered towers with 145 units of housing, ground floor retail, and revamped health club. Architect: SOM

8 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. SFMOMA expansion

147 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

The flashy new expansion on the Museum of Modern Art will more than triple the existing gallery space. The EIR was certified back in 2011, and the existing space is slated to close June 2, 2013 to begin construction. Architects: Snøhetta

147 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

6. Warriors Arena

The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133

Perhaps you’ve heard of this one? Piers 30/32 are poised to be the home of a swanky new arena that’ll host a slew of other events, as well as a large public open space. Environmental Review has barely even begun on this one. Architects: Snøhetta and AECOM

The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133

7. 340 Fremont

340 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Approved back in 2006, this project calls for 400ft tower on a podium housing up to 348 units and 269 parking spaces. It’s still undergoing review. Architect: Handel Architects

340 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

8. 250 Fourth Street

250 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

The project proposes to demo the Olivet Theological University and construct a new 220-room 11-story tourist hotel with 4,265 sq.ft. of restaurant/bar/retail space at Fourth and Clementia streets. Neighbor disputes over height and use slowed down the approvals process. Architect: Axis Architecture & Design

250 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

9. 222 Second Street

222 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Back in 2010 the Planning Commission approved a project at the corner of 2nd and Howard Streets for a 26-story, 350-foot office tower with restaurant/retail on the ground floor. Design elements were tweaked this year, and needed to get the green light. Architect: Gensler

222 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

10. Transbay Block 9

500 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

The 41-story, 563-unit mixed-use tower will include, with 113 below market-rate, below-ground parking, elevated gardens, and a green house. There will also be 6,000 sq. ft. of retail space on the ground floor along Folsom Street, with a public park that connects Folsom to Clementina Street and the proposed Oscar Park. Architect: SOM

500 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

11. Pier 70

70 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94107

The development of this "Waterfront Site" includes 270,000 square feet of "creative core" within 25 acres of land between Illinois Street and the water, and 20th and 22nd streets. Developer: Lennar

70 Pier
San Francisco, CA 94107

12. Parcel H

400 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Part of the old Central Freeway site, the project calls for a new four- to five-story mixed-use building with up to 34 units (4 on-site BMR units), 2,035 sq.ft. of ground floor commercial space and 17 parking spaces in an underground garage. Architect: DDG Partners and Fougeron Architecture

400 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

13. 181 Fremont

181 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Another in the Transit Center District Plan area, this project will have 404,000 sq.ft. of office space, 74 dwelling units, 2,000 sq.ft. of retail space, and below ground parking. Architect: Heller Manus

181 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

14. 1601 Larkin

1601 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

One of the most contentious project of recent memory. After a lengthy back-and-forth between developers, neighbors, the Planning Department, and the United Methodist Church, the most recent iteration of the design includes a scaled-down version of the 27-unit condo building. Architect: Ian Birchall & Associates

1601 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

15. New Mission Theater condos

2554 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Along with a renovated New Mission Theater, the project calls for demo of the neighboring Giant Value department store to build an eight-story, mixed-use building with 114 dwelling units, 89 off-street parking spaces, and ground-floor commercial space. It was approved by the Planning Commission in January. Architect: Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning

2554 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

16. Octavia Gateway

8 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

The shiny boxes comprise 8 stories with 49 units, ground floor retail, and 24 off-street residential parking spaces. It was approved back in September. Architect: Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects

8 Octavia Street
San Francisco, CA 94102