Rich Sorro Commons

First Housing Development Built in San Francisco’s Mission Bay Neighborhood.
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San Francisco
May 2002
17 months
SMWM Architects, Paulette Taggart Architects
Mission Housing Development Corp

Project Summary

Rich Sorro Commons was Mission Bay’s first affordable family housing development built in 2002. Located at King and Berry Street, Rich Sorro is easily accessible to public transit. There are MUNI buses, the Third Street light rail, and the CalTrain Station at 4th & King Street.

The project include extensive landscaping in the central garden areas with built-in play structures, and planting areas set aside for vegetable gardens for the residents. The podium consists of a concrete slab on supporting walls extending 16 feet above street level. This design lifts the housing component above street level and places the 85-car parking garage, a 3,000 square-foot daycare center and 10,000 square-feet of commercial and retail space at street level. The four stories of wood-frame housing range from 1-bedroom units to 4-bedroom duplexes. The building above the podium is horseshoe-shaped and has a plaster exterior on one side and veneer brick on the other. Rich Sorro also includes a community and education center.

With Nibbi’s extensive experience in conforming to equal opportunity guidelines set by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Nibbi exceeded the minority subcontractor participation goals for the project.