Rendering of Ringold Alley by Miller Company Landscape Architects more
Aerial of construction from June 2016 more
Facade on Harrison Street as of July 2016. more

L Seven Apartments

location:San Francisco, CA
developer:Fairfield Residential Company LLC
completion:Winter 2016 estimated

L Seven is an entire city block of rental apartments, plus commercial, retail, office and PDR (Production, Distribution, Repair) space in San Francisco’s SoMa district. Several factors influenced the design of the buildings and each was driven by extensive interaction with the Western SoMa Task Force, and the broader community. Our over-arching goal throughout our six year community outreach effort was to have the new development complement the existing South of Market buildings, by both respecting what came before us and fitting into the existing built context.

Located on a former bus lot, this 3.5 acre site consists of seven buildings with a new one-way drive that loops around the interior of the site. The drive will have limited surface parking and a few loading areas. The basement garage provides residential parking for 334 cars, 415 bicycles, and a combination of spaces exclusively for compact, electric and car-share.

The 410 apartments will be a variety of flats, lofts, flex units and two story townhomes. Residents will have exclusive access to multiple roof decks, a community lounge and kitchen, dog run, fitness facility, and conference center. From this central location, there are multiple transportation options including, pedestrian, bicycle, and automotive access to employment and entertainment options throughout the City as well as into Silicon Valley and the East Bay.

More than 20,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space is provided throughout the site. Restaurants, retail, a cafe and a pocket public park engage and enhance the pedestrian streetscape.Ringold Alley will feature numerous public art installations, commemorating the history of the area. At the intersection of 9th and Ringold, an etched granite marker will feature a replica of Chuck Arnett’s famous Tool Box Mural (1962) providing a brief history of the neighborhood’s cultural history. Other elements that will provide visual and historical interest include painted sidewalks and crosswalks, short granite curbstone pillars and bronze footprints set into the sidewalk.

The development is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and is intended to achieve the LEED Silver rating.

Landscape Architect: Miller Company
General Contractor: James E. Roberts-Obayashi