Thursday, December 26, 2013

Inside The Construction Zone



The construction boom in the Mid-Market and Hayes Valley neighborhood continues at a frenzied pace, with the luxury Linea apartment complex above nearing completion at Market and Buchanan Streets.



A block north on Buchanan Street, the huge UC Extension complex is finally being torn down after decades of protests from preservationists and neighbors worried about overdevelopment.



Now it's just another drop in the booming bucket, with 336 new apartments slated for construction.



Two blocks further north on Oak Street between Laguna and Octavia, four separate mixed-use retail/apartment buildings are also under construction.



For decades, the site was occupied by the Oak Street freeway onramp to Highway 101, and more recently it was the plant-filled Hayes Valley Farm. It will be interesting to see what the new neighbors are like, though the signs are not particularly encouraging.

3 comments:

Hattie said...

I guess it's best that something is going in there. It was always a kind of limbo.
But all that construction must be hell to live with.

janinsanfran said...

Much of the Laguna/Octavia site is supposed to be LGBT low-income housing, though it remains illegal to discriminate in favor of queer applicants. Interesting problem. :-)

Michael Strickland said...

Dear Jan: The low-income housing will probably be filled with Friends of Bevan Dufty, Tom Nolan, Scott Weiner, Rose Pak, you name it. "low income" or "queer" will probably be a meaningless distinction except as a bit of camouflage.