With each passing month, Mid Market's emergence as one of San Francisco's hottest neighborhoods for development grows ever-clearer. As hoards of tech companies of the likes of Uber, Twitter, and Dolby pour in to buildings along the once-desolate corridor, so too do new restaurants, hotels, and condo towers. Since 2013, Curbed has mapped the area's astonishing changes and kept tabs on its ongoing development bonanza. With new proposals and renderings popping up on a more-than-regular basis, it's high time for an update. We've bid adieu to now-completed staples from previous maps like 100 Van Ness and 50 UN Plaza, and have added renderings and details for new and reimagined projects like Saitowitz's Van Ness + Grove or Snøhetta's gorgeously redesigned One Oak. Can't wait to see what the future has in store for the area? Go ahead, feast your eyes on the 38 projects transforming Mid-Market.Read More
Mapping 38 Transformative Mid-Market Development Projects
1554 Market Street
Trumark Urban's 1554 Market will include 109 new residential units with up to 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. If all goes according to plan, the building will open in 2017.
Yotel San Francisco
The Grant Building at 1095 Market has great bones, but is in serious need of some TLC. Fortunately, Synapse Development, in partnership with UK-based Yotel, will be converting the former office building into a hip new capsule hotel.
Honda Dealership Redevelopment
It has been over a year since the Honda dealership at Market and South Van Ness sold to Crescent Heights, the developer behind the NEMA rental tower just down the street. Crescent Heights has begun making preliminary plans for the site, which call for two Handel Architects-designed 400-foot residential towers in a complex that will include a total of one million square feet. A total 767 units are proposed for the development, which would also have 20,400 square feet of retail.
30 Van Ness
San Francisco's Real Estate division plans to sell off 30 Van Ness, a 38,000-square-foot parcel with space to accommodate up to 500 new units. The site currently houses a four-story structure occupied by the Department of Public Works and other city agencies.
Fox Plaza Addition
Plans to build an 11-story addition to the existing Fox Plaza apartments were approved back in 2009. Last year, the property was purchased by Essex Residential Property Trust, which has kept mum on the expansion plans.
Now nearly complete, this 15-floor tower will contain 190 below-market-rate apartments (a mix of studio- to three-bedroom units). The building fills the BMR requirement for Tishman Speyer's forthcoming Lumina development at 201 Folsom.
1066 Market Street
Shorenstein Properties is proposing a massive new rental building designed by Arquitectonica. The development will contain 300 units, 112 underground parking spots, and ground-floor retail. According to the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, 36 of the units will be classified as below market rate.
1275 Market Street
Dolby Laboratories is moving their headquarters from 100 Potrero Ave to this massive 16-story building in Mid-Market. A large Dolby sign was recently tacked on to the building's Market-facing corner, and renovations are still underway.
ACT at the Strand
Renovations are now complete at the historic Strand Theater. With the help of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the American Conservatory Theater has converted a formerly abandoned building into live performance space. The revamped structure includes a rehearsal area and office space, plus a restaurant.
1415 Mission Street
At 10th and Mission, a 14-story Arquitectonica-designed tower is on the rise. It will bring 99 market-rate and 18 below-market-rate units to the rapidly changing neighborhood. Construction will wrap up in 2016.
The Conservatory of Music Expansion
Back in April, the Chronicle revealed that the Conservatory of Music purchased the Lighthouse for the Blind at 214 Van Ness Avenue as well as an adjacent residential building. Plans for the site are still up in the air, but the school will most definitely use the parcels to expand its campus over the coming years.
Now topped out and fully clad, Patrick Kennedy's 11-story micro-unit apartment building will feature a grand total of 160 teensy new units. The project also includes 3,359 square feet of retail and 240 bicycle parking spaces. Construction should wrap up in June 2015, and move-in is slated for September.
The old art deco Furniture Mart at 1355 Market has been completely rehabbed and now houses Twitter's global HQ. In the rear, a 1970s addition has been completely reclad in glass. Market Square features a blue bottle outpost, The Market on Market, a Fitness SF branch, and a host of hot new restaurants.
150 Van Ness
Plans for 150 Van Ness include a 120-foot tower containing 429 apartments, 9,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and parking for 215 cars. Site demolition is currently underway, with construction set to follow shortly after the final remnants of the site's old office structure are hauled away.
1455 Market Street
1455 Market isn't the most charming structure in Mid-Market, but it has somehow managed to attract seriously high-profile tenants. The building now houses offices for both Square and Uber. The ride-share service recently expanded its lease by 130,434 square feet, and will hold onto the lease even after its planned Mission Bay headquarters goes up.
1075 Market Street
The Encore Housing Opportunity Fund wants to replace the seedy Market Street Cinema with more than 90 new condos and 7,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. A timeline for construction has yet to be determined.
Snøhetta has designed a striking 400' residential tower for the northwest corner of Van Ness and Market. The project features a new MUNI metro entrance as well as a new pedestrian plaza where Oak meets Van Ness. The building is still working towards gaining approvals, but could start rising by 2017.
Phases one and two of the massive Trinity Place development are finished, and phase three is now under construction. Once complete, the complex in total will feature 1,900 units, 1,450 parking spaces, and 60,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
1125 Market Street
Back in June, Great Eagle Holdings of Hong Kong bought the empty lot at 1125 Market for a total of $19.8 million. The property was previously owned by San Francisco’s MacFarlane Partners, who had drawn up plans for a 12-story residential building on the UN Plaza-adjacent site.
Proper Hotel - San Francisco
The fusty Renoir Hotel has begun its transformation in to one of the city's trendiest spots thanks to a $40M makeover, which was upped to at least a $41.2M makeover after a fire damaged the building. Upon opening in 2016, SF's Proper Hotel will feature Kelly Wearstler-designed interiors, a remodeled exterior, and a swanky rooftop bar.
Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit
Van Ness is set to undergo a $125 million upgrade that includes median bus boarding platforms, signal upgrades, pedestrian improvements and a new roadway surface for all of Van Ness. Construction is expected to commence in late 2015 with revenue service beginning in the spring of 2018.
1028 Market Street
Scott Plank and his company War Horse LLC purchased the abandoned Hollywood Billiards building at 1028 Market in 2013. Since then, the building has temporarily operated as a food hall, creatively named "the Hall." The 15,000-square-foot site is still zoned for a 120-foot structure and about 150 units of housing, which will be developed at some point in the future.
The Hibernia Bank
The historic Hibernia Bank, built in 1892, has been vacant and neglected for years. Thankfully, the Dolmen Group has dusted off plans to renovate the gracious edifice. Construction is currently under way, but there has yet to be confirmation on what type of business will move into the structure once the improvements are completed.
Ruth Asawa School of the Arts
The San Francisco Unified School district hopes to move the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts into historic 135 Van Ness Avenue by the end of the decade. The project has already been in the works for more than 10 years, and will require more than $200M to complete.
The site currently occupied by Goodwill at the intersection of Mission and South Van Ness is zoned for buildings up to 320 feet in height, and could bring roughly 600 units of new housing. Developers at Related California are partnering with city government to build new high-rise residential and commercial space on the property.
United Nations Plaza Renovation
United Nations Plaza will receive major upgrades as part of an overhaul of Market Street that could cost up to $463M. The plaza is likely to get new paving, a cafe, and public art. Final designs have yet to be released, and city officials estimate that construction could begin in 2018.
1055 Market Street
G and M Hospitality plans to replace the single-story Kaplan’s Surplus & Sport Goods store at 1055 Market with a brand-new hotel development. G and M are currently building a Hampton Inn near Fifth and Mission streets.
At 13 stories, 101 Polk will contain 162 units and 51 parking spaces. The building is now topped out and slated to open in 2016.
This 16-story office building changed hands last year and is now being spiffed up to attract new tenants. The 93,000-square-foot structure is part of the Payroll Tax Exclusion Zone.
950-974 Market Street
Group 1 has grand plans for transforming a downtrodden block of Market Street with a large new mixed-use development. The project, which no longer includes an arts center, will move forward with fewer housing units and hotel units than originally planned. BIG will stay on to design the downsized development, although no new designs have been released.
Mason & Turk Project
Plans to develop the L-shaped parking lot surrounding the Metropolis hotel are coming in to focus. The project consists of a 12-story Arquitectonica-designed building with a total of 43 studios, 79 one-bedrooms and 33 two-bedroom units. The project's sponsors are aiming for a 2016 ground breaking.
Market Street Place
Though the project has been through its fair share of setbacks, Market Street place is now finally under construction. The new mall will bring 250,000 square feet of luxury retail to San Francisco's main thoroughfare.
Hampton Inn on Mission
The Hampton Inn on Mission is Mid-Market's latest hotel development. The 15-story property will feature 174 rooms, and is slated to open late this year.
901 Market Street
Designed in 1912, this six-story structure has undergone a massive renovation, and now houses Nordstrom Rack and Saks of Fifth on its ground floor. Tech company Nerd Wallet has also signed a 45,739-square-foot lease in the building.
The Old San Francisco Mint
Plans to convert the old San Francisco mint into a museum have been on the boards since about 2005, but the project has yet to begin.
Five new buildings could rise at this prime four-acre site at Fifth and Mission. The project may include up to 1.85 million square feet of office space, 748 residential units, and 34,000 square feet of outdoor space. Yahoo's 2013 lease may help generate interest in the site. Design development has begun, with construction pegged for 2017.
Van Ness + Grove | Stanley Saitowitz
Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects has come up with designs for a mixed-use building on Van Ness, between Grove and Ivy. The building has yet to be formally proposed, which means the design and scope of the project is likely to change.
Align Real Estate is proposing a 250-foot tower over an 85-foot podium building containing a total of 354 new units as well as space for the City Ballet School, which currently occupies the site. The developer is also hatching alternative plans to build higher still, proposing scenarios with tower heights up to 450 feet.