170 Otis Street

San Francisco, USA

Submit a project Deadline for the submission of the Expression of Interest: Thursday 5th September 2024, 11am PST

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Deadline for the submission of the Expression of Interest: Thursday 5th September 2024, 11am PST

01. Team Name

02. Team Composition

03. Team contact

04. Files (.zip format only)

Your Expression of Interest file must contain the three following components:

1) Description of the bidding team and its organisation
Please note that a dedicated Bidding Team Form is available in the site's dataroom.

2) Presentation of the project and development concept for the site
This includes the project description (roughly 10 pages in A4/US Letter format) AND an illustration board (one page in A3/Tabloid format) The project description will include the outlines of the project and of the solutions proposed to address the 10 challenges identified.

3) Presentation of the intended legal and financial set-up
This memo (maximum of one page in A4/US Letter format) will include the legal-financial framework proposed by the bidding team. Note that at this stage, the legal-financial aspect is only a statement of intentions. The definitive commitments of the team will appear in the final proposal.

These documents must be written in English and/or in the language indicated in the SSR, and each of them will be dated and signed by the lead representative of the bidding team.
The documents must be grouped in a single compressed document (.zip) that must not exceed 200 Mo/Mb.

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The site is located at the very southern end of the City’s Downtown office core and Civic Center concentration of City offices, and is surrounded by an eclectic mix of commercial and residential uses.

The building located at 170 Otis Street is an approximately 171,000 square foot seven-story office building with an underground parking garage that was built in 1975. The site is adjacent to the Central Freeway and is tucked into the block and accessible to the street by a narrow sliver, and is otherwise obstructed from Otis Street by a separate parcel with a 10-story building. The property backs up onto a narrow street with low to mid-rise residential buildings. The site is zoned partly for public uses and partly for commercial/residential mixed-use development. Most of the area is designated for buildings up to 85 feet in height, with one portion zoned for up to 125 feet. Rezoning may be necessary to accommodate future development.

The site was included in a recent areawide planning effort that cleared the site for a substantial increase in residential capacity, pending rezoning with city support. The City seeks to redevelop the site into to high-density residential or residential mixed-use building to advance the City’s state-mandated target of adding over 80,000 new residential units by 2031, and support the City’s post-pandemic economic recovery by repositioning the City workforce’s office footprint to make use of historic office vacancies in the Civic Center and downtown areas, all while continuing to demonstrate San Francisco’s commitment to sustainable development and a zero-carbon future.

Expected Land Use: 
It is the City’s expectation that the highest and best use for the site will be for housing. Specifically, the City envisions transforming this site into a mid-rise tower, integrating material recovery of the existing building, zero-emission technologies and urban greening solutions. The site may also include the potential addition of sustainable mixed-use services, active ground floors and ground-level public space. The development should be in line with the site’s transitional location between low-rise residential and high-rise residential and office buildings proceeding northward. Residential units may be either for-sale condominium units or rental units. See planning rules and regulations section below for applicable affordability and other code requirements.

Type of Property transfer intended: 

The City’s intent is to sell the site outright to use the proceeds for relocation costs of City workforce and other public purposes. A joint development model may be considered if proposed by the project team. Further information will be provided in Phase 2 of the competition.

“Through the Reinventing Cities Competition, we're transforming underutilized downtown buildings into a range of reimagined and sustainable spaces, including housing. This initiative not only reflects our dedication to meeting San Francisco's unique challenges but also our commitment to advancing bold environmental goals as a global climate partner. Through C40, San Francisco joins cities around the world to think big by setting new benchmarks for sustainable development, greener economies, and a more resilient future for all.” Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed 

Plot Area:

The site is made up of four separate City-owned parcels, totaling just under 45,000 square feet. 

Site Ownership:

The site is entirely owned by the City and County of San Francisco.

Deadline for the submission of the Expression of Interest:

Thursday 5th September 2024, 11am PST


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170 Otis Street
CA 94103 San Francisco USA