Wedged in the center of the Financial District, Embarcadero, Civic Center, Mission Bay and the Mission, SoMa is a diversely-located neighborhood with an eclectic population and economy to match. Here, you're just as likely to find your ________ right next door to your_______. The new Flower Mart will continue to benefit from this diverse set of foot traffic and residents, making it an exciting place to stake your office or storefront.
A NEIGHBORHOOD IN BLOOM
As one of the city's most eclectic neighborhoods, South of Market, warmly referred to as SoMa, is ever-evolving. Designers, art students, tech-savvy professionals, and talented craftsmen slip out of their modern office spaces, warehouses, live/work lofts, and gritty apartment buildings into artistic boutiques, hip bars, coveted dance clubs, specialty cafes, craft breweries, and world class restaurants. With the impending arrival of the Central Subway and completion of the City’s Central SoMa Plan, SoMa is poised to become one of the most coveted live/work/play destinations San Francisco has to offer.
SOUTH OF MARKET
With its beginnings as a purely industrial area of the City, SoMa, nestled between some of the City’s most happening districts, has evolved into a neighborhood with an eclectic population and diverse economy to match. Here, you’ll find a motorcycle repair shop right next door to your favorite café or a carefully curated art gallery across the street from a popular workout studio. With the near completion of the Central SoMa Plan and the opening of the 4th and Brannan Central Subway Station one block away, the new Flower Mart will continue to benefit from this diverse set of foot traffic and residents, making it an exciting place to stake your office or storefront.
In 2011, the San Francisco Planning Department began the process to develop an integrated community vision for the southern portion of the Central Subway rail corridor. Bound by 2nd Street, 6th Street, Market St., and Townsend, the Central SoMa Plan, formerly known as the Central Corridor Plan, is a comprehensive strategy that supports positive change around the Fourth Street transit spine, while maintaining SoMa’s diverse social and economic mix. The plan will address such issues as land use, building size and heights, transportation, the public realm (including sidewalks and open space), preservation of historic buildings, and environmental sustainability in a neighborhood that encompasses both a portion of the existing Downtown Plan and the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan. Pending in-depth public review and environmental review processes, the Central SoMa Plan is slated for adoption by early 2018.
In addition to $2 billion in public benefits, the plan aims to bring:
a diversity of housing, including substantial affordable units
new office space for the expanding tech sector
improvements to existing streets
increased public open space
preservation of Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) businesses, including arts
multi-modal transit options and improved streets
vibrant, small-scale retail
In the heart of San Francisco’s arts and creativity scene, SoMa is a true live/work/create/play environment. As such, the Flower Mart is surrounded by noteworthy epicurean experiences, lively nightlife, discreet cafes, local artisan posts, bustling offices, unique lofts, and historic facade.
SoMa is, in many ways, the heart of San Francisco. From the Moscone Center to MoMA to AT&T Park, SoMa’s landmarks help connect the City’s downtown corridor to its bustling southern neighborhoods. And as SoMa continues to evolve, its transportation infrastructure is evolving with it. The San Francisco Flower Mart sits at the center of a major transportation hub, with easy access to the I-280 and I-80 freeways, multiple Muni bus routes, the Greyhound station, popular bike lanes, and the Caltrain commuter rail. With the addition of the Central Subway, which includes a stop just steps from the Flower Mart, SoMa will be directly linked up to the Chinatown and North Beach neighborhoods.