Civic Center

San Francisco, United States

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An extraordinary site located at the heart of the Civic Center of San Francisco, directly next to the City hall and other iconic historical buildings. This underutilized plot of 1.3 ha, in a transforming and vibrant district of the City, has a high potential for the development of new mixed-used projects, including housing objectives and creative proposals to replicate or replace the existing community garden space.

The site is located in the heart of the Civic Center of San Francisco, California, directly across the street from City Hall, a wonderful example of Beaux Arts architecture, and next to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and the Davies Symphony Hall.

In addition to iconic historical buildings, Civic Center contains a concentration of government institutions, offices, and public open spaces that make it a focal point of the City’s public life, for both residents and tourists alike, including Civic Center Plaza and United Nations Plaza.



The site is located on the far West of the Tenderloin neighborhood where the median household income is just under $22,000 and poverty rate of 31%. This neighborhood has the highest homeless population around the city and hosts many social and homeless services, non-profit organizations, artists and activists. The neighborhood immediate to the west, Hayes Valley, has witnessed major transformation in the past decade with residential redevelopment replacing a half-mile stretch of land once covered by a freeway. The Hayes Valley neighborhood showcases contemporary architecture that has been successful in strengthening the sense of place and serving all segments of the population.  The Median Household Income for this neighborhood is similar to the citywide rate of about $82,000. The area is also a regional entertainment and cultural district, defined by the strong collection of cultural institutions, in addition to many new commercial, restaurant, and nightlife establishments.

Many office rehabilitation projects have also made this area a major employment center including prominent companies headquarters such as Twitter, Uber, and Square.

In this context, this underused site has a high potential for the development of a new mixed-used project including strong housing objectives and creative proposals to replicate or replace the existing community garden space. It is also an ideal site to develop a landmark project, with a mix of retrofit and new zero-carbon building, that will highlight the commitment of the City of San Francisco for a sustainable and decarbonized urban development.

Finalist teams

MCV CAPITAL LLC
Team representative: MCV CAPITAL LLC 
Architect(s): EHDD 
Environmental expert(s): EHDD, POINT ENERGY INNOVATIONS

BUILD, INC
Team representative: BUILD, INC. 
Architect(s): MARK CAVAGNERO ASSOCIATES
Environmental expert(s): ATELIER TEN USA LLC 

THE KELSEY / COMMON
Team representative: THE KELSEY
Architect(s): WRNS STUDIO 
Environmental expert(s): WRNS STUDIO 

TENDERLOIN NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Team representative: TENDERLOIN NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (TNDC)
Architect(s): MITHUN 
Environmental expert(s): THORNTON TOMASETTI / SHERWOOD DESIGN ENGINEERS / INTEGRAL GROUP

Information

Expected program
High-density residential above ground floor retail or other active ground floor uses, with at least 33 percent affordable housing. In addition, the City seeks creative proposals that would replicate or replace the functions of the approximately 4,000 square foot existing community garden, and expects innovative and cutting-edge technologies to fulfill and exemplify the goals of the Civic Center Sustainable Resource District.

Owner
The City and County of San Francisco.

Plot area
The Site is 13,751 square feet in size, and comprised of 3 parcels in a T configuration

Type of property transfer intended
Lease or sale.
Location
240 Van Ness Avenue & 155-165 Grove.
San Francisco United States
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