Eagle Plaza Ground Breaking!

BUILD is thrilled to officially break ground at Eagle Plaza at the heart of SF’s Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District! Mayor London Breed, Supervisors Rafael Mandelman & Matt Haney, as well as Eagle Bar co-owner Lex Montiel were among the speakers at this exciting, leather filled event!

‘Work starts on SF's Eagle Plaza’ - by Matthew S. Bajko, Bay Area Reporter 6/19/2019

‘SF’s leather community breaks ground at site celebrating culture’s emergence’ - by Ashley McBride, San Francisco Chronicle 6/18/2019

‘Officials, community celebrate groundbreaking at Eagle Plaza’ - by Kevin N. Hume, SF Examiner 6/18/2019

‘Eagle Plaza breaks ground as leather district centerpiece’ - by Jerold Chinn, SF Bay 6/19/2019

"This is a special day for everybody, not only for me. What makes it so special is we will have a permanent public recognition for the community. We have always been here and now we have a monument for our diversity."

-Lex Montiel quoted by Matthew S Bajko, Bay Area Reporter

News Article: SF Mayor seeks permit for leather plaza

BUILD has been working to develop a new public plaza associated with our 1532 Harrison Project. Eagle Plaza is to be a leather-themed community space in the city’s LGBTQ Cultural Heritage District. The Major Encroachment Permit was introduced to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on January 15th, and we were very pleased to have support from Mayor Breed and Supervisors Mandelman and Haney.

Matthew Bajko of The Bay Area Reporter covered this event in his article “SF mayor seeks permit for leather plaza”.

BUILD’s Lou Vasquez is quoted in the article sharing our enthusiasm for this project: "The root of Build's work is to help create great urban places, and we love that this project will add both homes and public space to San Francisco,"

Source: https://www.ebar.com/news/news/270984/sf_m...

"Developers offer vision for SoMa's Harrison Street"

July 15, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle

BUILD's Director of Development, Michael Yarne, quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle regarding 1532 Harrison's effect on the Eagle, an established Harrison Street small business. 

Read article here. 


We knew from the beginning this site was all about the Eagle. It’s so much more than just an historic gay bar. It’s an international icon, a sacred place for the leather community. Done right, development can bolster and grow the history of a place, not erase it.

Pink Saturday Revival @ 1532 Harrison and Eagle Plaza Site

June 25, 2016


Pink Saturday, which originated out of the 1990 AIDS protests and soon became a formal SF Pride event, is back and stronger than ever. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a self-identified Order of queer nuns, organized the revived event that is now named, "Pink Saturday Unchained." The event took place in the Eagle Plaza Site across the way from SF Eagle, a staple bar in the SF LGBT community. 

Read more here.

On-Site BMR at 1532 Harrison

We are pleased to contribute to the production of affordable housing in San Francisco, by including Below Market Rate units as part of this project.  1532 Harrison includes 16% Below Market Rate units on site as part of the project or 22 units.  The units will be a mixture of 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.  


Tony Hawk @ 1532 Harrison & Eagle Plaza Site

Fundraiser for Eagle Plaza @ The Eagle

West SOMA, San Francisco

February 15th, 2015

BUILD & nonprofit sister company BUILD PUBLIC, partnered with the SF Eagle, a renowned leather bar in San Francisco’s Western SoMa neighborhood, on a fundraising event for the Friends of Eagle Plaza, the eventual stewards of Eagle Plaza. The event began at 3 p.m. and lasted until 6 p.m., with attendees staying as late as 2 a.m. to continue the revelry. Build Public representatives were stationed outside the SF Eagle in a pop-up parklet featuring synthetic turf, chalk- and magnet-wall planter boxes, and sign-up sheets. Inside, more Build Public team members were busy serving hot food to attendees who bought “Beer Bust” tickets at the door, the proceeds from which went to the Friends of Eagle Plaza. We received overwhelmingly supportive feedback for the idea of Eagle Plaza, a new public plaza featuring a shared public way on 12th Street between Harrison and Bernice streets.