Project Site

  • 450-480 O'Farrell Street, and 532 Jones St, San Francisco, California

  • 22,101 square feet and includes three parcels (Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 0317-011, 0317-009 and 0317-007), which would be merged to form a single lot

  • The proposed project would demolish the existing buildings on the site, and construct a new 13-story, 130-foot (142 feet with roof terrace screen wall) residential building with ground-floor retail uses and a new church for Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist.


Proposed Building

Conceptual Rendering by Kwan Henmi Architecture & Planning

  • 180,600 gross square feet (gsf) including:

    • 148,505 gsf Residential Uses (approximately 149 dwelling units)

    • 2,495 gsf for Residential Lobby/Lounge Uses

    •  3,500 gsf Retail

    • 8,100 gsf Church

    • 18,000 gsf of Parking (75 car parking spaces, primarily provided in vehicle stackers or lifts, and 15 bicycle parking spaces)

  • The proposed project would have two structures:

    • 13 story residential tower fronting onto O'Farrell Street

    • 6 story restaurant and residential building and  fronting onto Jones St, separated by an interior courtyard

  • Ground-floor retail uses would be accessible from O'Farrell and Jones streets

  • The ground floor church would be accessed directly from O'Farrell St via a separate entrance

  • The residential units would be accessible from a lobby on O'Farrell Street

  • Access to the below-grade residential parking would be provided from a new curb cut and ramp off of Shannon St. a side alley street

  • No off-street loading spaces are proposed

Project Goals

  • Develop a mixed‐use project containing residential, retail, and church space for religious worship in downtown San Francisco

  • Contribute towards City's goal of creating 30,000 housing units, in an area that has been largely bypassed and under-served during San Francisco's current boom in new housing creation

  • Create a new contemporary image for the Church in order to welcome new members to Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist

  • Create demand for new retail and services, and activate a vibrant, interactive ground plane for the project's and neighborhood's residents, commercial users, and the public in this transitional and traditionally retail starved neighborhood

  • Increase the City’s overall supply of housing in an area that is identified for higher-density housing and located in close proximity to the Financial District and downtown, as well as local (MUNI) and regional (BART) transit hubs, and increase the affordable housing supply in the City in accordance with City requirements.  While the SOMA, Mission Bay and other employment sub-markets have seen abundant new residential development there have been far fewer new residential projects serving the Financial District employment area

  • Implement the City’s High Density zoning designation for the site in this North of Market Residential Special Use District by replacing existing and physically obsolete structures with a high-quality residential project with exceptional design that respects the historical nature of the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District

  • Construct a sufficient number of dwelling units to generate a financial return to the current property owner and land seller, Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist that will allow the church to further pursue its religious mission and goals and endure into the future

About Thompson | Dorfman Partners

Thompson | Dorfman Partners, LLC is a real estate development and investment firm whose principals have a long history in California’s housing industry. Formed in 1999 by Will Thompson and Bruce Dorfman, Thompson | Dorfman focuses on multi-family residential development, with particular emphasis on well-sited, urban in-fill and mixed-use properties located in high-growth, technology-driven markets in the western U.S.

The principals of Thompson | Dorfman are 30+ year veterans in their industry with a reputation for quality and a track record of performance. Collectively, they have developed over 13,000 multi-family homes in 45 California apartment and condominium communities. They have also expanded their services to provide development advisory, management, and investment expertise to corporate land owners and financial institutions.

In addition, Thompson | Dorfman has created a non-profit entity, Education Housing Partners, Inc., to provide a full complement of development services to school districts and other public agencies to build workforce housing to help recruit and retain quality employees.

While discovering overlooked opportunities and resolving challenging development issues, Thompson | Dorfman continues to deliver luxury in-fill housing that benefits the surrounding community, rewards its investors, and surpasses the expectations of property residents. See