340 Fremont Street

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340 Fremont Street
Alternative names 340-350 Fremont Street
General information
Status Approved
Type Residential apartments
Location 340 Fremont Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′13″N 122°23′35″W / 37.78704°N 122.39296°W / 37.78704; -122.39296Coordinates: 37°47′13″N 122°23′35″W / 37.78704°N 122.39296°W / 37.78704; -122.39296
Cost US$160 million
Height
Architectural 134 m (440 ft)
Roof 122 m (400 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 40
Floor area 290,000 sq ft (27,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Handel Architects
Developer Equity Residential
Main contractor Suffolk Construction Company
Other information
Number of units 348
Parking 269
References
[1][2][3][4]

340 Fremont Street is an approved 134 m (440 ft) residential skyscraper in the Rincon Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The tower is planned to have 348 residential units on 40 floors.

History[edit]

As part of the Rincon Hill Plan adopted in August 2005, the parcels at 340 Fremont and 350 Fremont were upzoned for a single 400-foot (120 m) residential tower.[3] Developed by Archstone Smith and Jackson Pacific Ventures, and initially designed by Heller Manus Architects, the development was approved for 332 residential units with 332 underground parking spaces by the San Francisco Planning Commission on June 15, 2006.[3][5]

However, due to the United States housing market correction and ensuing worldwide financial crisis, construction was delayed. While waiting for the market to recover, the project received five consecutive 12-month extensions of its entitlements from 2008 through 2013.[3] In 2012, the project was redesigned by Handel Architects, and the number of units was increased to 348, while the number of parking spaces was reduced to 269.[4][6]

In 2013, the project entitlements were acquired by Equity Residential,[7] with plans to break ground by the end of 2013.[8] In late 2013, demolition and construction permits were issued but a neighboring homeowner association appealed the permits. In February 2014, the appeal was denied, clearing the way for construction to begin.[9] Demolition of existing structures on the site began in March 2014.[10] Ceremonial groundbreaking took place on April 24, 2014.[11]

Design[edit]

The project features 348 residential units, consisting of 91 studios, 119 one-bedrooms, and 138 two-bedrooms.[4] 269 parking spaces will be located on three underground levels, primarily in stackers. The building will have an 85-foot (26 m) podium, topped with an outdoor terrace. The tower reaches a roof height of 400 feet (120 m) with a 40-foot (12 m) mechanical penthouse, resulting in a total structural height of 440 feet (130 m).[4]

Previous structures on the site that were razed included a 3-story building at 340 Fremont Street, constructed in 1962, once occupied by the National Maritime Engineers Benefit Association, and 350 Fremont Street, constructed in 1952, which was previously occupied by the Seafarer's Union. To partially mitigate the loss of the "maritime labor historic context", the project will include a publicly accessible interpretive display in a midblock passage off Fremont Street.[12][13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 340 Fremont Street at Emporis
  2. ^ 340 Fremont Street at SkyscraperPage
  3. ^ a b c d "Executive Summary Determination of Compliance". San Francisco Planning Commission. November 15, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Memo to the Planning Commission". November 15, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ Dineen, J. K. (May 21, 2006). "Developer seeks partners for two approved Rincon Hill projects". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Neighborhood Scoop: 340 Fremont's Refined Design And Parking". SocketSite. November 9, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ Dineen, J. K. (January 18, 2013). "Zell back in San Francisco in a big way". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ Dineen, J. K. (August 22, 2013). "Andy Ball's Suffolk bounces high in SF". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Appeals Denied, Approved 400-Foot Rincon Hill Tower Cleared To Rise". SocketSite. February 20, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ Conrad, Michael (April 7, 2014). "340 Fremont Demo Underway, Residential 'Scraper to Follow". CurbedSF. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ Dolce, Natalie (April 24, 2014). "Equity Residential’s 340 Fremont Moves Dirt". GlobeSt.com. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Historic Preservation Commission Draft Resolution". October 2, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Plans To Honor Rincon Hill's Past For Its Future To Rise". SocketSite. October 1, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2013.