Monday, July 15, 2013

Nema Rises



One of the densest developments in San Francisco's history with 754 apartments is quickly rising at 10th and Market Streets. It is being called Nema, an optimistic abbreviation of "New Market," and is designed by Handel Architects.



The 11-, 15-, 24-, and 37- story towers clumped together on 10th Street will be studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments for lease from $2386 for a studio to an average of $3,300 for a one-bedroom, according to the leasing website.



"I love the pro-business, improving nature of our neighborhood," an architect neighbor told me today at Lincoln Golf Course, "but it would be nice if there was at least a little city planning involved with the explosion of construction in San Francisco right now."

"You mean besides handing Willie Brown, Jr. a consulting fee and having him grease the wheels?" I asked. "Exactly," my neighbor replied. "And don't use my name."

7 comments:

sfphoneguy said...

Are any of the apartments 'deluxe' by any chance? That is one extremely deluxely ugly slab of building! There used to be so much sky in San Francisco...

Michael Strickland said...

Dear Charlie: From the street, you're right. It's one Ugly Slab. Inside may be another story, but that's a whole paradox in itself.

nancy namaste said...

I think this is the one that's going to have some kind of upscale (?) food market. I seem to remember a lot of PR about that. If so, that's rather short sighted as the Civic Center Farmer's Market is right across the street where the food is fresher, cheaper and you get tons of different options and cuisines. But if the new building only houses hard working techies, they will probably never venture down the street to find out.

frenchjr25 said...

Not sure why the Planning Department would approve a building that is a big black slab on a street that millions are being spent on making visually attractive. The exterior, at least the first 4-6 stories, is a huge mistake.

Hattie said...

I go back to the time when the ugliest building in town was the Jack Tar Hotel.
The real estate folks sure have folks convinced that the way to live is to be crammed into city centers.

nancy namaste said...

I remember the outrage over the Jack Tar Hotel. Sure seems like a much more innocent time.

Unknown said...

The Twitterverse rises.