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Updated: Mapping the City's Rehab and Conversion Projects

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This past April we brought you a map of the city's rehab and conversion projects. Readers chimed in about projects we skipped, so we thought it best to update the map. Here now are 21 buildings getting an adaptive reuse to breathe new life into them or a facelift to freshen things up.

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1. Inn at the Presidio

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42 Moraga Ave
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 800-7356
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The popular bachelors-quarters-turned-inn is expanding into a Victorian-style home that once housed U.S. Army officers and their families. The Funston House that officially opens in July was built in 1889 and is about 100 yards away from the inn. It has three bedrooms, one suite, a common living room, a dining room, and an outdoor porch and patio.

2. Old Dugoni School of Dentistry

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2155 Webster Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

The Old Dugoni School of Dentistry Building just sold to Trumark Urban and slated for conversion to residential condominiums (77 units with 11 townhouses adjacent). Construction hopes to break ground next year.

3. The Belli Building & Genella Building (Belli Annex)

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722-728 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Approvals to convert the office building into 12 dwelling units with ground level commercial uses date back to 2005, but all work stopped in 2007 due to funding issues. The project is starting up again, but the original historic materials that were supposed to be used have been mysteriously lost and are being replaced by new ones.

4. Ferry Terminal

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1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 455-2000
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San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority is planning an expansion of the SF Ferry Terminal, which would include new ferry berthing facilities, removal of piers, a new plaza behind the Ferry Building, and new photovoltaic passenger waiting canopies.

5. 140 New Montgomery

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140 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building was originally slated for a condos, but plans stalled and the economy dictated a conversion to office spaces instead. Last May Yelp officially signed an 8 year lease for the Timothy Pfleuger art deco skyscraper.

6. New Mission Theatre

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2554 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

The long running drama that is the New Mission Theater/Condo project was finally approved in January, paving the for Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse to rehab the theater and new construction of a neighboring 114 condos.

7. Mexican Museum

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706 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

This project will rehab and restore the historic 10-story Aronson Building and construct a new 550-foot-tall, 47-story tower connecting to it. The EIR was just certified a few weeks ago.

8. Pier 70

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300 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

The historic ship building site along 20th Street will take millions to develop, rehabbing six historic buildings into space for office workers, retailers, artists and manufacturing companies. The Board of Supervisors recently approved a $100M development deal with Orton to restore the 65-acre pier, to couple with the city's $58 million investment in the site.

9. Strand Theater

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1127 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

The Strand Theater, vacant since 2003, is set to be rehabbed into a live performance space for the American Conservatory Theater.

10. The Hibernia Bank

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1 Jones Street
San Francisco, CA 941021

The proposed new project will make seismic, fire, and accessibility upgrades for a new "assembly" use of the building (whatever that means). A bunch of stuff like doors and windows will be restored, with a little rooftop addition. The project will bring the long-vacant building into code compliance, but no use or tenant has been identified yet.

11. 55 Laguna

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55 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

While technically the project will include some new construction, a few of the historic buildings at the old UC Berkeley extension campus will get rehabbed into multifamily rental units, with an additional 110 units geared toward low-income LGBT seniors.

901 Mission St
San Francisco, CA

The so-called “creative development” mixed-use project by Forest City would develop the 4-acre site at Fifth and Mission Streets by rehabbing the Chronicle Building and Dempster Printing Building, demoing six existing buildings, and constructing five new ones ranging in height from 50-400 feet. The end product will have 1.85M sq.ft. of office, residential (748 units), and ground floor retail/office/cultural/educational uses, not to mention 34,000 sq.ft. of open space.

13. 110 Embarcadero

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110 Embarcadero Drive
San Francisco, CA 94105

The Commonwealth Club purchased the building last November, with plans to rehab the space to include multiple auditoriums and meeting spaces, club offices, reception spaces, a members café and roof deck and sky garden.

14. 601 Dolores

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601 Dolores Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

After neighborhood drama and threat of appeal, conversion of the church-turned-mansion to the Children's Day School was approved back in July.

15. St. Josephs

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1401 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

A recently approved conversion would turn the 1912 church into 18,260 square feet of office space, 1,300 square feet of retail space, and 2,500 square feet of assembly space geared toward tech companies.

16. 100 Van Ness

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100 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA

This project that will convert the 1973 building from office to residential, renovating the interior to create up to 399 residential units and ground‐floor retail with 112 off‐street parking spaces, and re‐skin the exterior of the building.

17. Exploratorium

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17 Pier
San Francisco, CA 94111

The museum had been located at the Palace of Fine Arts for 44 years, but the new space at the rehabbed Pier 15 features 300,000 sq.ft. (3x larger than their current space) with 600 exhibits taking advantage of the indoor-outdoor layout.

18. Alexandria Theater

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5400 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94121

Development plans include a four-story apartment building at the rear of the site and renovations to the theater to accommodate retail stores on the first level, with a 211 seat theater and a full service restaurant on the second level.

19. Marina Degaussing Station

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83 Marina Green Drive, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA 94123

The Recreation and Parks Department has a proposal to allow a Woodhouse Fish Co. restaurant on Marina Green at the site of a building formerly owned by the U.S. Navy that has sat vacant for 30 years. Some neighbors are not happy about it, saying the restaurant would cause traffic, light pollution, impact birds, increase noise, and shouldn't serve alcohol because children play soccer there.

20. Grant Building

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1095 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Back in 2010 the Planning Commission approved an application to convert the historic building from office use to a 42,000 sqft, 94-room hostel/hotel with a restaurant and nightclub, no building permits have been filed as of yet.

21. 680 Folsom

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680 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
elicits some pretty negative reactions

out of people) is getting a renovation and expansion by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, with at seismic retro-fit and re-skinning in glass. Macy's online business signed a lease on 80% of the building for 15 years commencing in 2014.

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1. Inn at the Presidio

42 Moraga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129

The popular bachelors-quarters-turned-inn is expanding into a Victorian-style home that once housed U.S. Army officers and their families. The Funston House that officially opens in July was built in 1889 and is about 100 yards away from the inn. It has three bedrooms, one suite, a common living room, a dining room, and an outdoor porch and patio.

42 Moraga Ave
San Francisco, CA 94129

2. Old Dugoni School of Dentistry

2155 Webster Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

The Old Dugoni School of Dentistry Building just sold to Trumark Urban and slated for conversion to residential condominiums (77 units with 11 townhouses adjacent). Construction hopes to break ground next year.

2155 Webster Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

3. The Belli Building & Genella Building (Belli Annex)

722-728 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Approvals to convert the office building into 12 dwelling units with ground level commercial uses date back to 2005, but all work stopped in 2007 due to funding issues. The project is starting up again, but the original historic materials that were supposed to be used have been mysteriously lost and are being replaced by new ones.

722-728 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

4. Ferry Terminal

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94105

San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority is planning an expansion of the SF Ferry Terminal, which would include new ferry berthing facilities, removal of piers, a new plaza behind the Ferry Building, and new photovoltaic passenger waiting canopies.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94105

5. 140 New Montgomery

140 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building was originally slated for a condos, but plans stalled and the economy dictated a conversion to office spaces instead. Last May Yelp officially signed an 8 year lease for the Timothy Pfleuger art deco skyscraper.

140 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

6. New Mission Theatre

2554 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

The long running drama that is the New Mission Theater/Condo project was finally approved in January, paving the for Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse to rehab the theater and new construction of a neighboring 114 condos.

2554 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Mexican Museum

706 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

This project will rehab and restore the historic 10-story Aronson Building and construct a new 550-foot-tall, 47-story tower connecting to it. The EIR was just certified a few weeks ago.

706 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Pier 70

300 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

The historic ship building site along 20th Street will take millions to develop, rehabbing six historic buildings into space for office workers, retailers, artists and manufacturing companies. The Board of Supervisors recently approved a $100M development deal with Orton to restore the 65-acre pier, to couple with the city's $58 million investment in the site.

300 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

9. Strand Theater

1127 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Strand Theater, vacant since 2003, is set to be rehabbed into a live performance space for the American Conservatory Theater.

1127 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. The Hibernia Bank

1 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 941021

The proposed new project will make seismic, fire, and accessibility upgrades for a new "assembly" use of the building (whatever that means). A bunch of stuff like doors and windows will be restored, with a little rooftop addition. The project will bring the long-vacant building into code compliance, but no use or tenant has been identified yet.

1 Jones Street
San Francisco, CA 941021

11. 55 Laguna

55 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

While technically the project will include some new construction, a few of the historic buildings at the old UC Berkeley extension campus will get rehabbed into multifamily rental units, with an additional 110 units geared toward low-income LGBT seniors.

55 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

12. 5M

901 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

The so-called “creative development” mixed-use project by Forest City would develop the 4-acre site at Fifth and Mission Streets by rehabbing the Chronicle Building and Dempster Printing Building, demoing six existing buildings, and constructing five new ones ranging in height from 50-400 feet. The end product will have 1.85M sq.ft. of office, residential (748 units), and ground floor retail/office/cultural/educational uses, not to mention 34,000 sq.ft. of open space.

901 Mission St
San Francisco, CA

13. 110 Embarcadero

110 Embarcadero Drive, San Francisco, CA 94105

The Commonwealth Club purchased the building last November, with plans to rehab the space to include multiple auditoriums and meeting spaces, club offices, reception spaces, a members café and roof deck and sky garden.

110 Embarcadero Drive
San Francisco, CA 94105

14. 601 Dolores

601 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

After neighborhood drama and threat of appeal, conversion of the church-turned-mansion to the Children's Day School was approved back in July.

601 Dolores Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

15. St. Josephs

1401 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

A recently approved conversion would turn the 1912 church into 18,260 square feet of office space, 1,300 square feet of retail space, and 2,500 square feet of assembly space geared toward tech companies.

1401 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

16. 100 Van Ness

100 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA

This project that will convert the 1973 building from office to residential, renovating the interior to create up to 399 residential units and ground‐floor retail with 112 off‐street parking spaces, and re‐skin the exterior of the building.

100 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA

17. Exploratorium

17 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94111

The museum had been located at the Palace of Fine Arts for 44 years, but the new space at the rehabbed Pier 15 features 300,000 sq.ft. (3x larger than their current space) with 600 exhibits taking advantage of the indoor-outdoor layout.

17 Pier
San Francisco, CA 94111

18. Alexandria Theater

5400 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94121

Development plans include a four-story apartment building at the rear of the site and renovations to the theater to accommodate retail stores on the first level, with a 211 seat theater and a full service restaurant on the second level.

5400 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94121

19. Marina Degaussing Station

83 Marina Green Drive, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94123

The Recreation and Parks Department has a proposal to allow a Woodhouse Fish Co. restaurant on Marina Green at the site of a building formerly owned by the U.S. Navy that has sat vacant for 30 years. Some neighbors are not happy about it, saying the restaurant would cause traffic, light pollution, impact birds, increase noise, and shouldn't serve alcohol because children play soccer there.

83 Marina Green Drive, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA 94123

20. Grant Building

1095 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Back in 2010 the Planning Commission approved an application to convert the historic building from office use to a 42,000 sqft, 94-room hostel/hotel with a restaurant and nightclub, no building permits have been filed as of yet.

1095 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

21. 680 Folsom

680 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
elicits some pretty negative reactions

out of people) is getting a renovation and expansion by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, with at seismic retro-fit and re-skinning in glass. Macy's online business signed a lease on 80% of the building for 15 years commencing in 2014.

680 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103