Spanning a full block between 12th and Brady Streets on Market Street in downtown San Francisco, this project is sited in the Market Street/Van Ness Avenue redevelopment corridor where several large new developments are slated. The rapidly changing neighborhood has historically been known more for its vacant and surface parking lots than vibrant mixed-use development.
Developed by Strada Investment Group, the design is a collaboration between David Baker Architects, Associate Architect Kennerly Architecture & Planning, and CMG Landscape Architecture. 1629 Market aims to contribute to the revitalization of the neighborhood by re-knitting the site into its surrounding context, creating active street edges, and vastly improving the quality of the public realm.
A complex development, the intricate plan features six buildings, including a total of 579 new market-rate and affordable residences and a replacement for the Local 38 Plumbers’ Union Hall. The plan re-imagines the surrounding street and alley network, creates a new public park, and adds a mid-block passageway connecting Market Street to the new park.
The creation of a robust public realm is a major driving force in the project, which will provide more than 20,000 square feet of new public open space.
The site presents a number of challenges, including the presence of two historic resources, BART tunnels below grade, and phasing issues.