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Design Center Building May Become Pinterest Headquarters

posted Jun 20, 2014, 3:37 PM by Chris Bliss   [ updated Apr 7, 2015, 11:08 AM ]

Update 7/29/14: Pinterest's plans put on indefinite hold. Visit SFGate for details.

The historic brick Design Center building at 2 Henry Adams Street in San Francisco may no longer be home to designers and their showrooms. Dozens of tenants face likely eviction if the landlord is successful in getting approval to convert the 311,000-square-foot building into Pinterest's headquarters.

The Design Center's current zoning doesn't allow for technology companies like Pinterest. It's currently zoned PDR -- production, distribution, and repair -- which is meant to preserve blue-collar jobs.

But there's a loophole: Buildings designated as historic landmarks can legally convert from PDR to traditional office uses.

The property management firm for the building has filed an application with the SF Planning Department to secure landmark designation for 2 Henry Adams Street.

In addition to design showrooms, the building also houses one of our favorite restaurants, Café Pazzo.

Read the full article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
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