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.