Do you ever get the impression that the standards for being considered “innovative” in the San Francisco Bay Area really aren’t all that high?
From the San Jose Mercury-News:
Marisa Kendall July 6, 2018 at 10:49 am
The proposed building at 4th and Bryant streets in San Francisco, which would combine co-living and co-working space, with a goal of eliminating grueling commutes, is pictured in a rendering. (Courtesy of Realtex)
SAN FRANCISCO — As soul-sucking commutes become synonymous with Bay Area living, one local real estate developer has proposed an innovative solution — a project that would allow hundreds of employees to live and work in the same building.
The 13-story development at 4th and Bryant streets in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood would provide housing for at least 400 residents and office space for about half that many. It appears to be the Bay Area’s first large-scale building to combine co-living and co-working space, according to the developer, San Francisco-based Realtex. But it might not be the last, as developers continue to experiment with creative ways to fulfill a growing demand to bring housing and jobs closer together.
Realtex is proposing 400 small studio apartments, each with a bathroom and basic kitchen. Residents would share larger communal kitchens
The tech industry is bringing America 1975 Leningrad levels of domestic comfort.
and lounges — as they do in properties by OpenDoor, Starcity and other trendy co-living spaces that are taking the housing market by storm.
Do you ever get the impression that standards of living in San Francisco, the richest city in America, aren’t really all that high?
About 25,000 square feet of the 4th and Bryant project would be dedicated to co-working office space — enough room to serve about half of the building’s residents, said Cody Fornari, CEO of Realtex. He envisions other amenities inside, such as a theater, gym and market
You could owe your soul to the company store. Pretty soon, living in San Francisco in 2018 could be like living in a West Virginia coal mining company town in 1918.
or restaurant. The result would be so all-inclusive that “you really don’t need to leave the building,” he said.
After all, the ferocious San Francisco weather is too hot and/or cold to step outside into. That’s why there are no homeless in San Francisco. They all died from the heat or cold.
“We’re trying to put forward a very innovative approach to what we think is a big need,” Fornari said. “There’s a lot of people who are commuting two hours on Google buses.”
I’ve got this even crazier idea to cut down on long commutes: Internet companies could use this thing called the Internet.
Nah, forget I ever mentioned it.
The project addresses the problem at the crux of the Bay Area’s crippling housing shortage and traffic woes — there aren’t enough homes in the region’s job centers.
Obviously, Internet firms can only locate their jobs on top of the vast natural underground Internet deposits in Palo Alto.
… Other companies are taking it upon themselves to create new housing for their workers — Facebook is planning to build 1,500 homes on its expanded Willow Campus in Menlo Park, and Google is backing a 10,000-home development in North Bayshore in Mountain View.
The 4th and Bryant project seeks to take the concept a step further by putting housing and work together in one massive building.
Realtex is exploring selling or leasing the entire building to one large employer, which could use the co-working space as an office and the apartments to house its employees.
When you get fired, Security would escort you not only out of your cubicle but out of your apartment in succession. Keep a lot of cardboard boxes around at all times so your personal effects won’t wind up sitting on the curb outside The Complex.
Coming next: innovative live-work underground sugar caves.