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FourOneFive Jun 20, 2007 12:42 AM


Originally Posted by krudmonk (Post 2905627)
So is this a a preview of Newsom's plan for Bayview-Hunters Point?

i sure hope so. bayview-hunter's point needs a facelift.

FourOneFive Jun 20, 2007 12:52 AM


Originally Posted by roadwarrior (Post 2904217)
I'm glad to see that Avalon plans to retain the design from Arquitectonica. The Avalon II building is so bland and I don't think that the other buildings on Berry look much better, especially since they are all virtually identical looking cement blocks, with the exception of color. Hopefully this breaks up the monotony and I'm glad to see that this big hole on Berry will finally be filled. Any idea when Avalon plans to break ground? Are they waiting until the Arterra crane comes down?

i'm excited about the Arquitectonica design as well. IMO it will end up being the most architecturally distinctive residential building at Mission Bay when all is said and done.

krudmonk Jun 20, 2007 1:01 AM

Does UCSF also have a facility nearer the center of the city? I thought I'd seen something over there. Perhaps a hospital? And no, I'm not thinking of SF State.

BTinSF Jun 20, 2007 2:37 AM

:previous: If you mean nearer the geographic center, you may be referring to their main campus which, until Mission Bay development began, was essentially their only campus, on Parnassus Ave. It's seen here on the side of Mt. Davidson over the City Hall dome:
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And here from the other direction:
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Since UCSF is mainly a medical institution, nearly all the buildings on both campuses have medically-related functions: clinical, research and teaching functions; housing, recreational and library facilities for students in various medical fields.

Chicago2020 Jun 21, 2007 3:26 AM

Now thats what I call prime real estate

BTinSF Jun 21, 2007 10:54 PM

Anonymous donor gives $150 million to UCSF Cancer Center

Anonymous donor gives $150 million to UCSF Cancer Center
The Associated Press
2007-06-21 18:11:47.0
Current rank: # 102 of 10,478

The University of California, San Francisco's Cancer Center has received a $150 million donation from a mysterious benefactor who doesn't want public recognition for the generous act.

"It is a transforming event for our cancer center," said its director, Frank McCormick. "It means better and faster access to the latest cancer therapies."

The $150 million donation, which comes in the form of direct grants and an endowment, is by far the largest cash gift ever given to UCSF by a private individual or organization.

The donor, who lives in the Bay Area and requested anonymity, signed the agreement Friday. The first installments will be paid later this year.

The money will pay for an expansion of clinical research studies in which cancer patients are offered experimental treatments, McCormick said. It also will be used to recruit research staff and hire administrators to develop relationships with drug companies testing new cancer therapies.

While this benefits both campuses, the part of the hospital project at Mission Bay will be a cancer hospital and surely this will be a big help.

LWR Jun 25, 2007 6:33 AM

Currently, the major cancer management center is at Mt. Zion Hospital near Divisidaro and Geary. It used to be in the basement of Long Hospital at the Parnassus campus, and before that, in Moffit Hospital (same campus) on the third floor... (circa 1974). At least that is what hospital history tells us.

There is still a "Gama Knife" there, which is mostly associated with Neurosurgical patients.

BTinSF Jun 25, 2007 7:01 AM

^^^All true. I've driven past the current cancer center many times. But the the new hospital to be built at Mission Bay will, in part, be a "cancer hospital". I'm not sure whether that means most of the clinical function will move there from Mt. Zion or not. IMHO, though, Mt. Zion is a pretty depressing place. A good friend's dad had neck surgery there in the 90s and I have to say I can't recall a more crowded, obviously outdated hospital in a very long time.

roadwarrior Jul 14, 2007 7:14 PM

From walking by the area over the past couple weeks, I've noticed some interesting new developments.

1 - Metal stakes and bulldozers - I've seen a lot of these going up south of the channel. It appears that they're starting to clear for the 2nd phase of Radiance and also for acceleration of development at UCSF. I still don't see much going on right next to the channel on the south side, but these other developments are getting closer. I doubt we'll see much vacant land there in 2 years.

2 - Avalon III - I know that they bought the property from Signature. I noticed that they put up a banner at the vacant lot. I'll bet that they start construction there over the next few months (possibly after Arterra tops off and removes the crane).

3. New park and walkway - They finally opened the walkway past Park Terrace, so I went along it last week. Its quite nice and there are some basketball courts underneath the freeway overpass. I thought that this is a great use of space and I am very impressed how much open space is being incorporated into the area.

I just hope that the new developments will add some variety to the area. It does appear that Radiance will have a different look than those on Berry Street and I also think that the Avalon III development can as well (if they keep the Arquitectonica design).

BTinSF Jul 31, 2007 12:08 AM

S.F. port sets sail on Pier 70 revitalization plan

S.F. port sets sail on Pier 70 revitalization plan

(Cindy Chew/The Examiner)
Historic brick buildings occupy the area around Pier 70, where new development is being considered for Mission Bay, including a bioscience campus, office facilities, a museum and an exhibition complex.

Bonnie Eslinger, The Examiner
2007-07-30 15:24:00.0
Current rank: # 17 of 4,786

A master plan to densely develop the Pier 70 area near Mission Bay — a possible $1 billion project — is in the initial stages of development.

The strongest market opportunities for development of the 65 acres at Pier 70 stems from its proximity to the emerging bioscience cluster at Mission Bay
, Port of San Francisco officials said Wednesday night at a public meeting about the master plan.

In addition to the creation of a bioscience campus, other potential uses for the southeast area — located east of Illinois Street, between Mariposa and 22nd streets — include office facilities, light-industrial and commercial opportunities, and residential development. Visitor uses including a museum, an arts and film center, or exhibition complex are also possible.

Jim Musbach of Economic and Planning Systems, a consultant hired by the port, said the site’s size, as well as its waterfront location, proximity to Mission Bay, historic character and transit access to downtown, make it a “unique building opportunity” for a mixed-use district.

“Outside of Hunters Point ... this is one of the last opportunities like this in San Francisco,” Musbach said.

The development effort would not be without challenges, including the costs for historic preservation, environmental remediation, developing open space and creating new infrastructure for the project, said David Beaupre, a master planning project manager for the port, who told The Examiner before the meeting that the estimated costs could be “upwards of a billion dollars.”

Originally developed between the 1850s and 1920s to serve the ship building and repair industries, as well as steel manufacturing enterprises, Pier 70 today has 40 remaining historic structures. It has been identified as a historic district and is potentially eligible for the National Park Service historic places program.

The historic resources, however, are severely deteriorated, so preservation costs would run high, according to port officials. The Pier itself will also require a complete upgrade or replacement that would drive up development costs.

Additionally, the 150-plus-year history of heavy industrial use at Pier 70 has left behind toxic waste that will require significant funding for environmental investigations and remediation.

“We anticipate that this site will have to be densely developed in order to generate enough revenue to carry these really substantial costs,” Musbach said.

The land is also held under what’s known as public trust, meaning the waterfront property is meant for maritime purposes and public enjoyment. Because the port hopes to create a master plan program that includes development opportunities to help finance its costs, officials are working with the State Lands Commission on some form of land “swap” within the planning area that would allow development on some areas, while preserving other nontrust lands for public use.

Ship repair site likely to remain among new buildings
The main tenant at Pier 70 is a ship repair facility, and port officials said they plan to incorporate its dry-dock operations into any future development plan.

The ship repair facility is an “incredibly important asset,” Port of San Francisco Executive Director Monique Moyer noted during a speech before a San Francisco Business Times-sponsored meeting last week. Moyer noted that the facility is upgrading in order to service very large commercial ships.

“Already, Princess Cruises has scheduled service here in September 2008,” Moyer said. “And the number of jobs that will go into serving that ship alone is equivalent to the number of jobs at the airport on any given day.”

At a public meeting about Pier 70 held Wednesday, some attendees expressed concern about putting a mixed-use development with office space and some residential units next to the heavy industrial facility.

The port looked into moving the facility, but its location is appropriate because of the depth of the water and the investment to date that’s been put into the facility, said David Beaupre, master planning project manager. Some community members have rallied behind keeping the facility at its current location, he added, due to its connection with Pier 70’s ship building history.

San Frangelino Aug 29, 2007 4:15 PM

Kewlio at posted this great model of Mission bay.

mchoey Aug 31, 2007 7:56 AM

Arterra Construction Pictures - from the inside
A select few of us were allowed in to preview the building for our clients... a gorgeous developments.... great views of the water, city and twin peaks

BTinSF Oct 5, 2007 3:23 PM

Mission Bay: Broad-based "Intellectual Center"

Alexandria shifts gears at Mission Bay
San Francisco Business Times - by J.K. Dineen

In a shift with profound implications for San Francisco's Mission Bay, Alexandria Real Estate Equities will broaden the marketing of its 2.7 million-square-foot campus to target traditional technology firms in addition to life science tenants, the company said.

While the rapidly developing neighborhood has long been conceived of as a biotechnology cluster built around University of California, San Francisco's new Mission Bay campus, Alexandria Executive Vice President Steve Richardson said it has become increasingly clear that the area would also appeal to Silicon Valley firms looking for a city presence.

He also sees Mission Bay as natural fit for clean energy and Web 2.0 start-ups that have driven much of San Francisco's ongoing commercial real estate boom.

Richardson pointed to Silicon Valley heavyweights like Google, which took 210,000 square feet in San Francisco earlier this year. Cisco recently signed a lease at Mission Bay's China Basin. Microsoft, Yahoo and Autodesk are also growing in the city.

"There is no doubt that Silicon Valley is coming to San Francisco," said Richardson. "We're really looking at Mission Bay more broadly as an intellectual center."

As part of the new strategy, Alexandria, a real estate investment trust, has hired a team of eight life-science and high-tech specialists from both Cornish & Carey's dominant Silicon Valley offices and GVA Kidder Mathew's San Francisco operation, which has been the most active leasing firm in Mission Bay. The unusual double-brokerage combo will allow Alexandria to pursue the biggest tenants in both life-science and technology, said Richardson.

"It will be two halves of the whole coming together in a powerful way," he said.

The former Alexandria Center for Life Sciences will be renamed the Alexandria Center for Science and Technology at Mission Bay.

While there are a handful of tech tenants scattered across Alexandria's 12 million square foot national portfolio, this marks the first time the biotech heavyweight has actively courted them.

Still bullish on biotech

Richardson said the decision to change Alexandria's approach to Mission Bay does not reflect a dissatisfaction with life science demand in Mission Bay. The speculative 1700 Owens St., completed in November 2006, was largely leased six months after completion. It houses Merck-owned Sirna Therapeutics, Pharmion Corp. and three top life science venture capital groups.

"We're right on track where we wanted to be," said Richardson.

Alexandria has no plans to slow its aggressive building schedule, Richardson said. The firm has just completed driving piles on the next speculative building, the 165,000-square-foot 1500 Owens St., which is slated for completion in late 2008. Alexandria has begun pre-development pile testing on Parcel 26, a lot along Third Street that will eventually be home to a pair of interlocked 105,000-square-foot buildings and a 200,000-square-foot tower.

The next wave of buildings --1500 Owens and the Parcel 26 structures -- will be constructed with a "robust, Class A shell" adaptable to either heavy life science research or the sort of open, high-ceiling creative space technology firms are drawn to. Rather than have certain areas designated as life science and others as tech, the developer will allow the market to dictate uses.

"I think a good, solid share will be tech and a good solid share will be life sciences as well," he said.

Jesse Blout, Mayor Gavin Newsom's director of Workforce and Economic Development, said the Mission Bay zoning is highly flexible, allowing everything from manufacturing to traditional Class A office.

He said he was not surprised that Alexandria is "hedging their bet on use."

"The biotech market is still there, but I understand the need of Alexandria to diversify its marketing effort to include the healthy demand for office space in San Francisco from the leading Silicon Valley companies."

In addition, Blout said the city is looking at allowing life science along Third Street as part of the Eastern Neighborhoods rezoning.

"People are going to realize there is more to biotech in San Francisco than Mission Bay," he said.

New competitive landscape

The decision suddenly places Alexandria smack in the middle of developers and owners looking to snag tenants from San Francisco's burgeoning Web 2.0 community as well as Silicon Valley players looking to cater to city-dwelling workers. In Mission Bay, two office projects are under development -- Lowe Enterprises' 500 Terry Francois Blvd. and McCarthy Cook's 175,000-square-foot expansion of China Basin. Both will be complete at the end of the year.

To a lesser extent, Alexandria may also compete against new downtown highrises like Tishman Speyer's 555 Mission St., Lincoln Property's 350 Bush St., and Beacon Capital Partner's 535 Mission St., all of which are more likely to appeal to traditional downtown users.

Kidder Mathews broker Skip Whitney, a Mission Bay pioneer working on the assignment with James Bennett, Tim Mason, and Janice Hennessey, said the days when downtown and SoMa brokers can dismiss Mission Bay as a specialized backwater for lab space are over.

"That is no longer the case," said Whitney. "This is a primary location."

The challenge, however, will be to sell the Mission Bay story to Silicon Valley tenants, most of whom are unaware of a burgeoning UCSF campus as well as the thousands of units of apartments and condos that are being built in the neighborhood, said Jay Phillips, who is part of Alexandria's Cornish & Carey team. That group includes Terry Haught, Jack Troedson, and Peninsula biotech specialist Randy Scott.

"People in the South Bay have a vision of Mission Bay that is years old -- they have no idea what is gong on there," said Phillips

Phillips said Cornish & Carey is tracking more than 6 million square feet of tenant demand in Silicon Valley. He said he hears increasingly from executives who feel they have tapped out the Silicon Valley talent pool and are looking to accommodate employees commuting from the city.

"You can only draw from an outlying area for so long -- eventually you have to bring the mountain to Mohammad," said Phillips.

Richardson emphasized that the repositioning also recognizes the corporate tenants' increasing focus on sustainable practices. Not only will all of the Mission Bay buildings seek the stamp of approval of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's Green Building Rating System, S.F.-based employees will have the opportunity to commute on foot, bike or public transit.

Even in the suburban Peninsula and Silicon Valley markets, the amount of fully entitled space that could be constructed in Mission Bay is unusual. Given demand, Alexandria could immediately build out 2.2 million square feet in more than a dozen buildings on four separate sites ringing the UCSF campus. An additional 500,000 square feet could eventually be added along the western fringe of the neighborhood.

"There are not going to be any opportunity for large blocks of space in the South Bay -- they are going to have to look in other areas to grow," said Phillips. "I think the time has come -- San Francisco is a great market and Mission Bay is one of the only games in town. Alexandria has been very prudent to open it up."

NAI BT Commercial broker David Klein called the move "a reasonable bet." He said the quick access to Interstate 280 and the low-slung campus style development would appeal to Silicon Valley tenants.

"Mission Bay is low-density with natural light from four sides, which really allows a greater density of work stations," he said. "It really promotes cubicle farms."

With cranes jostling for space on the skyline and dirt lots still lying fallow, Haught said Mission Bay reminds him of San Jose's North First Street a decade ago.

"Now it's in the middle of the golden triangle," he said. "Look at the possibilities -- it's the biggest assignment I've worked on. You don't get 2.2 million square feet too often." / (415) 288-4971

WildCowboy Oct 9, 2007 4:26 PM

Just returned from my honeymoon to find that they've started the steel on 409 Illinois, the northern half of the Shorenstein biotech project where Fibrogen has committed to move. :banana:

BTinSF Oct 9, 2007 4:34 PM

^^^Interesting segment on the PBS Newshour last night about CA's (and, in particular SF's) lead in stem cell research and the benefits to flow from it, much of which is centered in an around Mission Bay and especially the Gladstone Institute:

BTinSF Oct 12, 2007 11:17 PM

Port Wants development team for Seawall Lot 337 in place by June

Port preps prime land for building
San Francisco Business Times - by J.K. Dineen

Eager to start generating revenue from its most valuable piece of property, the Port of San Francisco is ready to offer for development a coveted 14-acre lot just across China Basin Channel from AT&T Park.

Seawall Lot 337 is the last major redevelopment site in Mission Bay -- and perhaps the most valuable. Assuming a key piece of legislation gets Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's OK, the port hopes to receive proposals for the site by mid-February. Qualified developers and proposals would then be screened by an advisory panel and the Port Commission, with a group of finalists selected by March. The port wants a development team in place by June of 2008.

"It is a fast schedule. It is aggressive," said port waterfront planning manager Diane Oshima. "We're trying to move forward with the same force that the rest of Mission Bay has."

While the request for proposals has not been finalized, it will likely call for a mixed-use project that "reflects San Francisco's unique character," according to the port's vision statement. Office, hotel, retail, residential uses -- along with ample open space and public access -- will all be entertained. Some of the Bay Area's biggest active developers, including Catellus and Lowe Enterprises, have already expressed interest in the site.

The property is likely to be offered on a 75-year lease. Its value could vary widely depending on what sort of development is proposed and how much of the site remains open space.

The lot is now being used by the San Francisco Giants as a surface parking for 2,200 cars. The fight over what the lot becomes is already pitting the Giants against public transit and open space advocates. In a letter to the port dated Oct. 5, Giants Senior Vice President Jack Bair states that a minimum of 2,000 permanent parking spaces be developed on the site. Bair called the amount "critical to the visibility of our business and to maintain an acceptable level of co-existence with the neighborhood during ballpark events." The ballpark draws 3.5 million people each year.

Any request for proposals must "clearly inform prospective developers of the need for substantial resources dedicated to the ballpark," stated Bair.

Jennifer Clary, president of the local environmental group San Francisco Tomorrow, said building that much parking in a site easily accessible by Caltrain and Muni doesn't make sense.

"We're supposed to be reducing our greenhouse gases by 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. I don't think 2,000 parking spaces is really going to help you do that at all," Clary said.

Clary said the site has been zoned for open space for 20 years, and added she opposed preliminary port scenarios showing a three-acre waterfront park.

"We already have an acre down there. Taking what is there and adding an acre or two seems totally inadequate," she said.

The development of the property will be made possible by the expected passage of Senate Bill 815, a bill that gives the port more control over waterfront development on four so-called "seawall" parcels. The legislation enables the port to proceed with projects that are not normally allowed by the State Lands Commission, which controls waterfront development.

Originally, the legislation included parcels along the northeastern end of The Embarcadero. Those were cut out after the influential Telegraph Hill Dwellers pressured bill sponsor State Sen. Carol Migden to impose a 40-foot height limit on the four parcels near the base of Telegraph Hill. The port argued that a 40-foot height limit would make it impossible to attract investors and decided to cut them from the legislation.

Given the political battles involving any building on the San Francisco waterfront, Oshima said the port is committed to conducting periodic meetings between the development team and neighborhood interests to make sure the two sides are aligned.

"It's a realty check for both sides," she said. "We have high expectations on public venues and amenities and high expectations on the development potential and revenue."

Wilson Meany Sullivan partner Chris Meany said the important thing will be creating a neighborhood that connects Mission Bay and the more low-scale residential area on the other side of the channel. WMS, which is developing the 83-acre Bay Meadows and is part of the team working on Treasure Island, has looked at the seawall lot but is not pursuing it.

"It's a super interesting intersection between the south and the north parts of the waterfront that wants very much not to be one thing," said Meany. "The only mistake you could make is not dealing with the scale issues." / (415) 288-4971

hi123 Oct 22, 2007 1:30 AM

when will the arcitectonica prject start construction?

roadwarrior Oct 22, 2007 2:35 AM


Originally Posted by hi123 (Post 3118867)
when will the arcitectonica prject start construction?

Avalon just posted a sign stating that the towers are coming in 2009. I saw some bulldozer activity a few weeks ago, so I'd expect it to kick off in earnest over the next couple months.

Also, the two low income projects on the other side of Arterra have started.

hi123 Oct 22, 2007 5:11 AM

what will the low income projects look like?

roadwarrior Oct 22, 2007 2:46 PM


Originally Posted by hi123 (Post 3119247)
what will the low income projects look like?

From the SF Redevelopment Agency meeting notes on 9/18:

"Authorizing an Amended and Restated Predevelopment Loan Agreement with Berry Street LLC, a California limited liability company (an affiliate and assignee of BRIDGE Regional Partners, Inc.), to increase the loan amount by $1,056,069, for a total aggregate amount not to exceed $4,737,604 for the development of up to 131 units of low- and moderate-income first-time homeownership housing at 330 Berry Street and 335 Berry Street; Mission Bay North Redevelopment Project Area (Resolution No. 102-2007)"

I'm not exactly sure what they will look like, but I doubt they'll be more than about 8 stories (similar height to neighboring buildings of Edgewater and Park Terrace).

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