Equity Residential Continues Transformation of SoMa's Design District: Breaks Ground on 8th & Brannan Development - Bringing an Additional 449 Contemporary Apartment Homes to the Burgeoning Community
(San Francisco, CA – May 29 , 2015) – Following on the heels of its One Henry Adams multifamily development in Showplace Square, Equity Residential announced today that their neighboring multifamily development at 8th & Brannan Streets has recently broken ground. Located in the Design District, the 383,000 square-foot development will ultimately house 449 apartment residences on nearly 4.5 acres. Continuing the firm’s commitment to sustainability, Equity Residential is incorporating more than 1,000 photovoltaic solar panels in the project that will satisfy approximately 89% of the building’s projected common area energy needs. The development is also targeting LEED Platinum certification.
According to Jim Kelly, First Vice President of Development for Equity Residential, “We continually strive to curate living environments that appeal to working professionals, couples and families. In addition to architecture that is respectful to the area’s design history, the 8th & Brannan development serves to enhance the pedestrian experience with multiple outdoor gathering spaces and neighborhood serving retail amenities.”
Contributing to a more livable community, the project will feature 37,000 square feet of open space designed by CMG Landscape that will include a redwood grove, roof deck for residents, multiple terraces connecting to amenity spaces in the building and market and garden mews connecting Brannan Street to Bluxome Alley.
The retail within the development is designed to feature several neighborhood restaurants, and will also include over 3,000 square feet of space leased to a local non-profit organization that supports low-income entrepreneurial chefs and start up food businesses.
To reduce the scale of the project and provide a distinct identity to each portion of the community, the development’s architectural firm, David Baker Architects, has articulated the design to incorporate a mix of exterior treatments including a ‘pleated metal fabric’ at the corner of 8th Street and Bluxome Alley; a ‘corduroy fabric’ articulation fronting 8th and Brannan; and an ‘Eyelet Fabric’ exterior treatment on the ‘Market Mews’ public paseo portion of the development.
Scheduled for completion in Spring 2017, the community features a full docket of highly desirable resident amenities including an expansive fitness center with cardiovascular and weight equipment, a roof deck and outdoor lounge, a club house complete with a demonstration kitchen, outdoor BBQ facilities and fire pits, a bike repair shop, parking for 432 bicycles, parking for 422 cars, extra storage options, and a pet spa.