40-Story One Oak Project to Bring 460 Residential Units to San Francisco 

One Oak, Build Inc., SCB Architects, San Francisco, Civic Center, San Francisco City Hall, War Memorial Opera House, Asian Art Museum, Civic Center Plaza

By Catherine Sweeney 

San Francisco-based developer Build Inc. is finally making its planned One Oak development a reality, following recent approval from the City of San Francisco Planning Commission. The 40-story residential tower will now bring 460 units to the city’s Civic Center neighborhood. 

Located at 1500-1540 Market Street, the project includes the demolition of two nonresidential buildings and a surface parking lot. In its place, the 455,000 square foot residential tower would include a mix of 100 studio units, 159 one-bedroom units and 201 two-bedroom units. 

The project will also include approximately 2,500 square feet of ground floor retail space, 112 parking spaces and 190 bicycle parking spaces. 

With designs from SCB Architects, the project will primarily be constructed in glass with various areas for pedestrians, including a large awning for shade at the ground level. To further activate the ground floor experience, the project would also include the construction of a public plaza, which will be known as Oak Plaza.

The project site fronts both Market Street and Oak Street and also is within close proximity to Interstate 101. The Civic Center neighborhood is also home to various institutional and cultural attractions, including the San Francisco City Hall, the War Memorial Opera House and the Asian Art Museum. The nearby Civic Center Plaza also provides additional recreation and outdoor space. 

The One Oak project has been in the works for several years. In 2017, the City approved a different variation of the project that included 304 units as opposed to the now approved 460. As well as the change in units, the new project also includes the deduction of 24 parking spaces and an increase of open space by 2,892 square feet. While Build Inc. never acted on the received project entitlements, the City granted the development company an extension in 2020.  

Build Inc. was founded in 2004 and has developed a number of projects in San Francisco. Currently, the company is working to complete the HQ @ 1532 Harrison Street in the City’s West SoMa neighborhood. Once completed the project will include 136 rental homes. 

Also in the works is the city’s India Basin project at 700 Innes Avenue. The project will include 1,575 homes and 209,000 square feet of commercial space linked to a nearly six acre park.   

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