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Real estate development company Forest City is moving forward with a plan to build a residential and office complex on four acres around the San Francisco Chronicle building, a 1924 structure on the corner of 5th and Mission streets, where the city’s South of Market, Downtown, and Mid-Market neighborhoods intersect. The developer published an Environmental Impact Report for the plan, known as “5M,” last month, and at press time was set to present it to the San Francisco Planning Commission on November 20.
The design team for the project includes New York–based architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), SITELAB urban studio, and historic resources consultant Architectural Resources Group.
If approved, the scheme—located near the city’s Powell Street BART and MUNI stations—will contain 1.8 million square feet of development, including about 870,000 square feet of offices, 800,000 square feet of residences, 150,000 square feet of ground floor uses, and 34,000 square feet of open space. The plan would renovate two existing buildings (including the Chronicle Building and a modest brick and timber structure), build four new buildings (two office and two residential), and demolish seven existing buildings. The developer calls the buildings being torn down historically insignificant, including warehouses and a connector structure from the Chronicle.