SAN FRANCISCO: Golub's First Bay Area Foray
Tuesday, Golub breaks ground on Transbay Block 6, the Chicago-based firm's first project in San Francisco, but it's already eyeing the Block 8 site next door that calls for an even taller (550-foot) residential tower. (Sheesh. What's a block gotta do to get, and keep, attention 'round here?) Ironically, Block 8--not Block 6--was the project Golub originally went for. Principal Mike Newman tells us five years ago it took a look at Block 8, but times were tough and it generated few bidders, causing the City to pull the site. Now it's back, and RFPs are due in February.
Transbay Block 6 will include a 32-story apartment tower, townhome residences, a ground-level courtyard, and street-front retail at 299 Fremont. It's a Golub tradition to plant a time capsule at ground-up development sites, and it plans to do the same next week. What's going to be inside is TBD. Putting present-day technology in it could be fun, Mike tells us. It might also include a list of questions for future residents, like whether they're still using cell phones or paper money. (Also ask if anyone has seen our wallet. We may have dropped it in the time capsule by accident.)