Located at the heart of Hallidie Plaza, the nexus of tourism and shopping in San Francisco, the City invites creative minds to develop, on this 8,915 sqm triangular plot, iconic projects with high environmental performance and landmark architecture. The project should support a renewed Market street, linking public open spaces and connecting the City's Civic Center to cultural, social, tourism, and retail destinations.
Perfectly connected to transportation networks, the site is at the center of businesses, cultural, and recreational opportunities.
The site is a small plot in triangular shape, with frontage on Market Street and Cyril Magnin Street, with a lower level plaza (public space to be maintained) and a higher level (street front), connected by vertical circulation for pedestrians.
The current planning rules do not permit new development or structures of any height or size on this site. However, the City of San Francisco invites the applicants to propose creative proposal with high environmental performance and landmark architecture. If a great project is identified through this competition, the City will consider rezoning this strategic site.
The future developments should support and amplify a renewed Market Street that will anchor the neighborhoods, link public open spaces and connect the City's Civic Center with cultural, social, convention, tourism, and retail destinations.
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In addition, respondents are encouraged to seek improvements on the lower level plaza and terraces between it and the street front above, in consideration of the need for pedestrian vertical circulation. They will also consider programming to relocate the current Visitor Center to a more visible and easily accessible location, and to redesign or improve the adjacent Hallidie Plaza, which is not currently part of the Site, to better serve as an active, vibrant public open space.
The City and the County of San Francisco
8,915 square feet, triangular in shape
Type of property transfer intended
Lease or sale.
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