San Francisco Business Times
June 24, 2019
By Fiona Kelliher

As residential towers rise in San Francisco’s Transbay district, another sky-high building is joining the mix.

Trammell Crow Residential will aim for final approvals this week on its 392-unit project at 95 Hawthorne St., just a few blocks from Yerba Buena Gardens and the Financial District, in a project that will rise to 444 feet. The apartment building will be split mostly between one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms, as well as a smaller number of three-bedrooms. About 14 percent — or 55 — of the units will be designated as affordable.

It’s been about three years in the making, with approvals coming after extensive planning with both the city and neighbors, said Bruce Dorfman, senior managing director for the Northern California region. The plans underwent a shadow analysis to review potential effects on nearby parks.

“We’ve come up with a dramatic project that adds to the skyline, and we’re interested in getting going on this as soon as we can,” Dorfman said.

Although the project is in an area often considered part of Central SoMa, it’s actually within the Transbay neighborhood’s planning zone. Other projects in Transbay include 181 Fremont, Tishman Speyer’s Mira condos and Related California’s The Avery tower.

With the influx of jobs to the SoMa and Transbay neighborhoods, Trammell Crow anticipates high demand for the rental units in the coming years, Dorfman said.

The Dallas-based developer began planning the project back in 2016 alongside John Hancock Life Insurance, which owns the five-story office property now occupying the site. Project plans also include about 3,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

Elsewhere, Trammell Crow also recently broke ground on a 185-unit project at 975 Bryant St., and is nearing completion on 243 apartments at 2330 Webster St. in Oakland.

Architect SOM designed the building.

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