News Article: "City, developer cut deal to get big tower at One Oak St. built"

This San Francisco Chronicle article by J.K. Dineen details the latest development in BUILD's One Oak project, which will build 304 new homes in San Francisco and fund more than 100 permanently affordable units as well. As described in the article, a few local community members who were appealing the project have withdrawn their opposition. 


News Article: "As millenials reject car ownership, developers reduce parking in projects"

BUILD's One Oak project is featured in this San Francisco Business Journal July 27th article about the reduction of parking in new development projects: "As millennials reject car ownership, developers reduce parking in projects"

As described in the article, the One Oak project--which will replace an existing parking lot--has the lowest parking ratio in a high-rise condominium project in San Francisco, with only 136 parking spaces for 304 condos. 


One Oak receives Planning Commission approval

On Thursday, June 15th, BUILD was pleased to receive support from the San Francisco Planning Department and approval from the San Francisco Planning Commission for our 304-unit One Oak project at the northwest corner of Market Street and Van Ness Avenue. 

The approval was covered by a number of local news outlets including the following articles: 

"SF planners OK Market-Van Ness condo high-rise" by J.K. Dineen in SFGATE (6/15/2017)

"400 million SF condo tower wins key approval despite parking fite" by Roland Li in the San Francisco Business Times (6/16/2017)

As part of the approval process, BUILD shared some of the most recent renderings of the building's design and public plaza space:

"Two San Francisco transit hotspots primed for new towers"

June 24, 2016
San Francisco Business Times

Rezoning efforts in parts of SoMa and around Market and Van Ness (The Hub) are underway, as both neighborhoods are soon to be transit rich with the Central Subway and Van Ness Bus Rapid. One of BUILD's principals and its director of development, Michael Yarne, was quoted in the San Francisco Business Times' article regarding the rezoning efforts. Yarne claims, “The Hub is a great location for towers and density.” BUILD's proposed One Oak residential tower is in the center of the Hub rezoning region.

Read article here.

One Oak Octavia Boulevard Affordable Housing Partnership

BUILD has entered into a Directed Fee Agreement with the Mayor's Office of Housing to fund three targeted affordable housing projects along Octavia Blvd, on the former Central Freeway Parcels R, S, & U.  These affordable housing projects will be developed by a non-profit selected by the Mayor's Office of Housing and will include 72 permanently affordable units within 0.3 miles of the One Oak project.  This represents 24% of the unit count at BUILD's One Oak Project.  Parcel U will provide deeply affordable units (30% of Area Median Income) for Transitional Age Youth (TAY) at risk of homelessness. These deeply affordable units were identified in the adopted Market-Octavia Plan but funding was never allocated towards their development.

Parcels R & S were awarded to BUILD via a competitive RFP process and the parcels were originally intended to be market-rate units. As part of the Directed Fee Agreement, however, BUILD transferred the development rights to the Mayor's Office of Housing to be developed as Below Market Rate (BMR) units by a non-profit. Rents from 7,500 SF ground floor retail spaces in both parcels will subsidize affordable housing operations. In addition, One Oak will contribute more than $250K in pre-development work (concept design, survey and environmental work) to the non-profit selected to develop the project by Mayor's Office of Housing.

In addition to funding the Octavia parcels, BUILD will contribute approximately $5.3 million to the City's Affordable Housing Trust Fund, in compliance with the Market-Octavia Affordable Housing Fee and the Van Ness & Market Residential SUD Affordable Housing Fee requirements.  These funds can provide land or gap funding to non-profit developers to build approximately 21 additional affordable housing units.  This represents 7% of the unit count at BUILD's One Oak Project, for a total affordable housing production in excess of 31% of the One Oak unit count.  


Oak Plaza

Hayes Valley & Market Street, San Francisco

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In a neighborhood rich in esteemed cultural, educational and civic institutions, Oak Plaza is envisioned as the “front porch” for San Francisco’s performing arts district. Located at the confluence of major transit routes—Market Street, Van Ness Avenue, Franklin Street and the Muni Metro underground—Oak Plaza will serve as an outdoor respite for the neighborhood’s daytime office workers, evening performance-goers and diners, and the thousands of new residents arriving in the next five to 10 years as a result of major residential construction in the area. The proposed plaza is designed as a shared public way, meaning the space can accommodate slow-moving one-way through traffic but prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists. For special occasions and to accommodate events and festivals, the plaza can be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic to create a pedestrian-only gathering space.

Place Lab (previously known as Build Public) is managing the community outreach, approval process, and long-term maintenance and stewardship plan for Oak Plaza, in collaboration with BUILD, neighborhood stakeholders, the City and County of San Francisco and other local developers. Partial funding for the project will stem from an innovative collaboration with the developers of One Oak, a proposed residential tower at Market Street, Van Ness Avenue, and Oak Street. Leveraging San Francisco’s unique In-Kind Agreement process, a portion of One Oak’s impact fees may be allocated directly into Oak Plaza as an “in-kind” improvement that will provide the neighborhood with a much-needed public gathering space.

Once constructed, Oak Plaza will be managed and programmed by Friends of Oak Plaza, a non-profit stewardship organization comprised of neighborhood stakeholders, nearby business and property owners, and other interested community members. Friends of Oak Plaza will ensure the long-term cleanliness, safety and accessibility of Oak Plaza as a shared public amenity. To learn more, please visit Oak Plaza's Website as well as BUILD PUBLIC's website

Planning Commission Approval: Q4 2016 | Construction Start: Q3 2019 | Completion Date: Q4 2019 | Plaza Area: 14,000 square feet


SF Wellness and Arts Pop-Up @ 1500 Market St.

Hayes Valley & Market Street, San Francisco

September 29th, 2015

On the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Market Street, something special is brewing above the All Star Café, and it’s not coffee. In September 2015, in the office space above the humble café that’s charmed San Franciscans for years, a non-profiteer social worker and hypnotherapist with a talent for nutrition and massage opened the SF Wellness and Arts Pop-Up.

Envisioned as a center for the healing arts, ranging from talk therapy and hypnosis to murals and massage, the SF Wellness and Arts Pop-Up is a place where clinical treatment is meant to intersect with the creative arts. Like any pop-up, it sprung up quickly and won’t be around forever—at least not at 1500 Market St.

The building that houses All Star Café and the SF Wellness and Arts Pop-Up is scheduled to be torn down sometime within the next six months to two years. Build, the developer heading the future deconstruction and its replacement with a luxury condo building, offered the office space at no cost to the two women with more than 15 years of experience in the healing arts, in hopes that something supportive of the San Francisco community might be created there.

The two founders, Abbie Zimmerman, LCSW, and Siri Scull, a certified hypnotherapist, nutrition counselor and chi nei tsang abdominal massage therapist, have created such a space.


ArtSpan Block Party @ 1540 Market St.

Hayes Valley & Market Street, San Francisco

September 13th, 2015

ArtSpan opened their studios up to the public for snacks, refreshments, and live music from La Gente to celebrate the “Bird Song” mural and the ArtSpan Studio Residency Program at the Journal Building.  Muralist Joshua Coffy’s original design, covering 6,000 square feet by 30 ArtSpan artists on the east-facing exterior wall of 1540 Market St., is an accomplishment that could not go without a celebratory party. This day also celebrated the kicking off of ArtSpan’s Studio Residency Program, which provides temporary studio space for 22 artists.

ArtSpan conceived of the Artists Residencies at the Journal Building as an innovative pilot program to combat the mass exodus of visual artists from San Francisco. Parallel to one of ArtSpan’s core values of providing a conduit for community building through connection with art, the artist residencies start with the selected artist’s shared interest in creating art as the initial connection to each other in order to grow community. The residencies, which run up to the demolition of 1540 Market St. (estimated to be late 2016), provides 22 artists from diverse backgrounds, working in a broad variety of media with below-market-rate temporary studio workspace along with programming and guidance intended to focus and nurture their artistic practices.

As San Francisco’s leading pan-city, apolitical visual arts non-profit, ArtSpan’s initial foray into space planning and management through the Artists Residencies at the Journal Building is the first of what is hoped to be other opportunities to secure and create temporary and permanent creative work environments for current and future generations of San Francisco artists.


Mural Unveiling Party @ 1500 Market

Hayes Valley & Market Street, San Francisco

May 9th, 2015

BUILD, the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association (HVNA) and the JanSport backpack company held a party to unveil a new large-scale mural at 1540 Market St., otherwise known as All-Star Doughnuts.

HVNA’s Art, Culture and Entertainment (ACE) Committee has been eying this wall for a mural for years. With the recent purchase of the properties by Build for the One Oak tower, the mural is now a reality. ACE connected Build with Fifty24SF Gallery, who in turn brought in JanSport backpack company in to sponsor this epic mural.  Enthusiastic with the idea, Build was happy to donate the wall and parking lot for the creation of the mural.

As part of their Live Outside series of street art murals, JanSport brought together three international female street artists to collaborate on this piece, which will be on display for a period of 18 months to two years. The artists are Caratoes, an illustrator and street artist based in Hong Kong; Lolo, Oakland’s Lauren Young Smith; and Tati, Miami-based artist Tatiana Suarez.

Painting on the mural began on May 3, 2015, and continued through May 9, when there was a party with DJs, a live band (local indie rockers Birdmonster) and free taco truck and free beer.