5M 3 Chronicle Building Rooftop

Renderings: Kohn Pederson Fox

Forest City has unveiled the first architectural designs for its vast 5M project, which will cover four acres around the San Francisco Chronicle building in SoMA.

The new renderings were released on Wednesday. The Kohn Pederson Fox-designed development will bring 1.5 million square feet of office space and housing between 5th, Mission and Howard streets. The buildings will be a combination of low-, mid- and high-rise structures, ranging from 50 to 470 feet tall. Currently, the area has a height limit of 160 feet, so the project will need up-zoning and the creation of a special-use district, the San Francisco Business Times reported.

The residential unit count is up in the air, as the developer is angling for more offices in the mix; the firm is pushing for 871,900 square feet of office space and 914 housing units, as opposed to 598,500 square feet of office space and 1,209 housing units. There will be up to 150,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, according to SocketSite.

And don’t forget the public-space aspect; Forest City’s plans include a 22,000-square-foot rooftop area atop the Chronicle building, as well as a 12,500-square-foot courtyard with a pedestrian walkway.

The first public hearing for the project will be held later this month. Construction is scheduled to start in 2017 and will take about eight years.

5M 1 mary court

5M 2 mint plaza

5M 4 5th and Mission

5M 5 5th and Mission

5M 6 6th and Howard

5M 7 7th and Howard

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