LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kilroy Realty Corporation’s (NYSE: KRC) Flower Mart Project in San Francisco’s Central SoMa neighborhood was unanimously approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission at its July 18, 2019 public hearing. The approval includes an initial office allocation of approximately 1.4 million square feet under San Francisco’s Office Development Annual Limit Program (a.k.a. Prop. M), as well as priority for a future phase allocation of approximately 350,000 square feet in 2021, with the remainder of the more than 2 million square feet of office space in the Project allocated after 2021. The Flower Mart Project’s development agreement must still be approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and signed by the Mayor, a process which could be complete as early as October of this year.
“The Flower Mart Project represents the future of Central SoMa and San Francisco. The project’s vibrant mix of uses, abundant neighborhood-serving retail, and innovative work environments will make it the transformational hub that the city and the neighborhood need. We are very excited and grateful for the Planning Commission’s support,” said John Kilroy, KRC’s Chairman and CEO.
“This is one of the best projects we’ve ever seen, or at least that I’ve ever seen. I don’t think there’s anything this project doesn’t have,” said Planning Commission Vice-President Joel Koppel at the hearing.
The approximately 2.3-million-square-foot, mixed-use Flower Mart Project is the largest of the proposed office and retail projects planned for the Central SoMa neighborhood. In addition to funding the construction of a new, 115,000-square-foot wholesale flower market, the Project will include most of the new neighborhood-serving retail in Central SoMa, dedicate a site to the City for 100% affordable housing, create thousands of good construction and other jobs, and deliver unprecedented community and economic benefits to the City, including hundreds of millions of dollars in development impact fees and new tax revenues.
The Project is the product of more than five years of negotiations and partnership between Kilroy Realty, the wholesale flower vendor community, and the City. Key elected leaders have provided consistent guidance and support throughout the project development, especially Supervisor Aaron Peskin, Supervisor Matt Haney, Mayor London Breed, former Supervisor Jane Kim, former Mayor Art Agnos, and the late Mayor Ed Lee.
The full Planning Commission package for the San Francisco Flower Mart project is available at http://commissions.sfplanning.org/cpcpackets/2017-000663ENXOFAPCADVA.pdf.
About Kilroy Realty Corporation. Kilroy Realty Corporation (KRC), a publicly traded real estate investment trust and member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index, is one of the West Coast’s premier landlords. The company has over 70 years of experience developing, acquiring and managing office and mixed-use real estate assets. The company provides physical work environments that foster creativity and productivity and serves a broad roster of dynamic, innovation-driven tenants, including technology, entertainment, digital media and health care companies.
At March 31, 2019, the company’s stabilized portfolio totaled approximately 13.2 million square feet of office space located in the coastal regions of Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Seattle and 200 residential units located in the Hollywood submarket of Los Angeles. The stabilized portfolio was 92.5% occupied and 96.2% leased. In addition, KRC had under construction five projects totaling approximately 2.1 million square feet of office space that was 26% leased and 801 residential units. KRC also had three projects in the tenant improvement phase totaling approximately 1.2 million square feet of office, PDR and retail space of which the office components of the projects are fully leased to Adobe and Dropbox.
The company’s commitment and leadership position in sustainability has been recognized by various industry groups across the world. In September 2018, the company was recognized by GRESB both as North American leader across all asset classes and a global leader among all publicly traded real estate companies. Other sustainability accolades include NAREIT’s Leader in the Light award for the past five years, the EPA’s highest honor of Sustained Excellence and winner of ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the past six years. The company is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. At the end of the first quarter, the company’s stabilized portfolio was 63% LEED certified and 76% of eligible properties were ENERGY STAR certified. More information is available at http://www.kilroyrealty.com.
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