In this San Francisco Chronicle article, J.K. Dineen explores BUILD's project at India Basin by visiting the site, talking to neighbors, and learning about the plan. BUILD is very proud of the project which, as Dineen mentions, grew out of the community vision developed by the India Basin Neighborhood Association (IBNA).
The article quotes a couple IBNA neighbors with whom BUILD has worked over the last several years:
Jill Fox: “What Build Inc. is proposing is an awful lot of housing. But what we are hoping is that along with that will come some things that the existing neighborhood needs.”
“Very few developers are willing to work with the neighborhood like these guys did,” Hamman said. “They actually listened to our concerns and incorporated many of them into the project. On balance, most people feel we got a good bargain.”
It also mentions strong support from local supervisor Malia Cohen and some concerns from neighbors regarding the associated density and heights that the plan includes.
India Basin had its first Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, July 26th, where the commission unanimously approved the Environmental Impact Report and Special Use District for the project.
This map, by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, pretty much sums up the problem: we aren't developing housing fast enough!
The map compares housing production data between January 2010 and December 2017 (from the Department of Finance) to housing forecasts in the Plan Bay Area 2040 plan. Most jurisdictions are lagging the Plan’s housing goals--meaning that the region won’t reach its 2040 housing goal until 2072 at the current pace.
Blanca Torres contributed this interesting Business Times article about the difficulty of creating affordable housing in San Francisco and the role of market-rate housing developers, who either include affordable housing in their projects, build it off-site, or contribute a fee to fund affordable housing.
Market-rate developers, including BUILD, completed over 1,000 affordable units between 2013-2018. Non-profit developers completed 1,576 units during that same time.
The article goes on to discuss how all developers are struggling with increased construction costs and arduous entitlement processes that make it hard to finance and complete projects. BUILD's Lou Vasquez is quoted talking about how the city isn’t doing enough to speed up market-rate projects and in the process it’s missing out on affordable units as well. SPUR's Adhi Nagraj also discusses the difficulty that non-profit developers face and how increasing costs limit affordable housing.
In this San Francisco Chronicle article, author Leah Garchik shares her personal tour of the India Basin shoreline with San Francisco Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg. Ginsburg shared his enthusiasm for this collection of green spaces that include 57 acres of recreational space and 1.7 miles of contiguous shoreline trail.
BUILD has been honored to participate in the creation of this asset for this city and is excited to see it come to life over the next several years.
In "BUILD Plans to Replace SOMA Nordstrom Parking Lot in San Francisco with 31-Story Mixed-Use Development", Meghan Hall of The Registry describes BUILD's most recent housing development effort at 469 Stevenson Street.
As described in the article, the project is still very early in the entitlement process but represents one more way that BUILD is working to directly address the Bay Area's housing crises by providing more homes. Meghan quotes BUILD's managing director, Lou Vasquez in the article: "We have a housing crisis, the effect is purely positive in creating new housing. We are taking what is a parking lot now and putting a few hundred rental homes in its place."
BUILD's co-founder, Lou Vasquez, is honored to join Carla Boragno of Genentech as the new co-chair of the Bay Area Council's Housing Committee. Lou replaced TMG's Denise Pinkston, who had co-chaired the committee since 2016.
The Housing Committee works to find new ways to deal with the persistent problem of insufficient housing in the Bay Area. The committee's current goals include:
- Promote alternative and innovative solutions such as accessory dwelling units
- Streamline regulatory barriers to get units through the pipeline faster
This San Francisco Chronicle article by J.K. Dineen highlights the new retail stores and companies that are making San Francisco's 6th Street their home. While 6th Street is often seen as a particularly "blighted" area in the city, its new businesses seem to be drawn to its "eclectic liveliness", affordability, and true "city" feel.
New companies and restaurants highlighted in the article include:
- Thrasher (skateboard magazine and apparel company)
- Create Skate (skateboard store)
- Pentacle (cafe and art gallery)
- Rumpus Room (bar)
- Falafel Ness (kosher Middle Eastern restaurant)
- Chabad SoMa Shul: Positively Sixth Street (community center and synagogue)
- Frena (kosher bakery)
- A Nepalese restaurant by Binita Pradhan
In September 2010, the Northern California butchery, Fatted Calf, opened its second brick-and-mortar shop at 322 Fell Street--the Fell Street store frontage of the Linden building.
When BUILD's co-founder, Loring Sagan, purchased and remodeled the Linden building, his vision was incubate a vibrant community of makers, artists, and visionaries in Hayes Valley. He designed the building to have traditional store frontage on Fell Street (the current Fatted Calf location) and untraditional frontage on Linden Alley.
To activate the key intersection for our O&M project (at the corner of 19th and Indiana), BUILD included a 2,000-sf ground-level retail space that wraps the corner of the building and opens onto the adjacent Dogpatch Arts Plaza with floor-to-ceiling mobile glass walls. We then worked with the local Piccino restaurant to bring to life a new cafe called Noon All Day.
The build-out of the cafe was coordinated with overall construction to open in late 2017 as we were leasing up the residential spaces. Immediately, the cafe has helped define the project, the plaza, and the overall feel of the area. Visitors enjoy both indoor and outdoor seating, bring activity to the Plaza, and build connections with the apartment buildings as they can see through into the interior courtyard of Building O.
The new mixed-use village at India Basin has been founded around guiding principles that include "Complete the Neighborhood" and "Shape Public Space for Public Life". Critical to both of these elements is providing space for commerce. The Design Guidelines for the project encourage abundant street-level commercial activity throughout the site, particularly along New Hudson street and at the Aurelious Walker entrance, which will also be a major transit stop.
The plans also call for a "Public Market" space at the heart of the village where the buildings open on to the Big Green. The goal is that the Public Market will serve as a major destination and gathering place. We envision flexible pavilions designed to be modular and evolve over time. They will provide seating, shade, community spaces, and stalls for local vendors and artisans. With this type of flexible, evolving space we hope to not only accomodate, but also incubate, local businesses.
The One Oak project aims to enhance and activate this critical San Francisco intersection of two major thoroughfares: Market Street and Van Ness Avenue. The street-level "prow" of the building has been designed as a 4,265-sf restaurant space with arcing glass facades onto 3 different streets, including adjacent One Oak Plaza.
In addition, we have been working with Place Lab to explore the concept of retail kiosks incorporated into One Oak Plaza that would provide valuable, high-traffic spaces for small vendors and local stores.
BUILD was pleased and amused to see that we were named the 2018 "Developer to Watch" by the San Francisco Business Journal in their recent article by Roland Li: "2018 Residential Real Estate preview: Will home prices stabilize? Will modular construction make a difference in the cost of building housing?"
It was also interesting to read the articles other projected trends, including thoughts on the future of Oakland, modular construction, and the regulatory environment.
After some soft openings in December, the new cafe in Building O at 650 Indiana Street is now serving delicious food to O&M tenants, Dogpatch residents, and visitors to the beautiful Dogpatch Arts Plaza.
Noon All Day is a spinoff of another iconic restaurant in the neighborhood: Piccino. Like Piccino, NOON serves Italian-inspired, locally produced meals. NOON, however, features smaller, more portable entrees (pastries, salads, soups, sandwiches) with easy counter-service, take-out, and delivery options.
The cafe received some great opening reviews, including:
We encourage you to stop by and enjoy the NOON's outdoor seating on the Plaza!
BUILD is pleased to contribute to the production of affordable housing in San Francisco, by including Below Market Rate units as part of this project. 830 Eddy includes 14.6% below-market-rate units on site as part of the project, which equates to 20 affordable homes. The units include a mixture of 3-Bedroom, 2-Bedroom, 1-Bedroom and Studios, in accordance with the unit mix of the project. These designated units will remain permanently affordable for the life of the project.
BUILD recently submitted our Preliminary Planning Application (PPA) for the project at 469 Stevenson Street, which proposes 454 homes in a new, 35-story, residential building on what is currently a surface parking lot. Our proposal has stimulated a couple of news articles in local publications:
Blanca Torres, in this article from the San Francisco Business Times, describes BUILD's new project at 469 Stevenson Street. Blanca quoted BUILD's Lou Vasquez about BUILD's efforts to help address the chronic housing shortage in San Francisco as well as our ongoing conversations with the community to make sure that this will be a project that advances our mission of fostering thriving places.
Carrie Sisto, in this article from Hoodline, describes BUILD's new project at 469 Stevenson Street, including a discussion of the use of the state density bonus on the site to increase the total amount of housing that can be built based on the amount of on-site affordable housing. This article also quotes BUILD's Lou Vasquez regarding our community engagement process.
BUILD's partner, Swig Co., sold the 50,021sf Pioneer Square Building to Bridgeton Holdings last week. BUILD helped Swig acquire the historic building in 2014 and renovate and re-tenant the property.
This Business Times article by Blanca Torres describes the acquisition and Bridgeton's other assets in the Bay Area.
BUILD was pleased to host SFHAC's New Housing Tour at our O&M development on October 10th. Over 30 people were treated to unit, roofdeck, and courtyard tours with commentary by the architects of each building: Peter Pfau for Building "O" and Owen Kennerly for Building "M".
BUILD's Lou Vasquez will be participating in a placemaking panel for one of ULI's educational programs in Sacramento. The program will highlight various placemaking projects from around the region and Bay Area, including programs by the City of Sacramento. The goal is to discuss what creative placemaking is, showcase projects, understand impacts on real estate, and learn how to successfully implement placemaking strategies.
The full panel includes:
- Kimberly Garza, ATLAS Lab Inc. (the Maker)
- Kay Cheng, San Francisco Planning Department (the Doer)
- Lou Vasquez, BUILD (the Builder)
- Ash Roughani, Sacramento Mayor's Office for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (the Implementer)
For more information and to register for the invent, please visit the ULI event site.
BisNow's annual San Francisco Multifamily Summit is on October 11th and BUILD's Katie O'Brien is one of the featured speakers. She will be part of a panel discussing development trends in a city that continues to have the most expensive housing market in the country.
Learn more about on the BisNow event page.