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Sale of Waterfront Gem Breaks Price Records

By Kevin Truong  | Mar 23, 2017 | San Francisco Business Times

“The sale of the upscale Piers waterfront office and retail complex for $103 million nearly broke records for the highest price per square foot ever paid on a property in San Francisco, at $1,250 per square foot.

Invesco Real Estate picked up the property from the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and Pacific Waterfront Partners LLC.

In 2001, when developer Pacific Waterfront Properties won a 66-year ground lease from the Port of San Francisco to develop what would become The Piers, the site was dirty, distressed and falling into disrepair…”

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Bay Area’s Top 5 Anticipated Restaurants of 2013

By Renée Frojo | Dec 31, 2012 | San Francisco Business Times

“…Charles Phan’s love of bourbon inspired his newest breakaway project on Pier 3. The soon-to-be-complete 1,300-square-foot oyster and bourbon bar is slated to open in February, but Phan said he’s in no rush.

While the intention was to keep the feel of “an old Southern seafood shack,” Phan has spent way more than he intended on building out the intimate space.

Rows of high-end and obscure bourbons will line the back of the bar, and a takeaway window will be open for those who want to get their oysters to go. Inside, guests can sit on tables lining the walls, or on the U-shaped bar underneath a massive lamp made out of an old buoy…”

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Star Napa Chef Lands on San Francisco’s Waterfront

By J.K. Dineen  | Nov 15, 2012 | San Francisco Business Times

“Napa Valley star chef and television host Michael Chiarello will open a restaurant at Pier 5 in San Francisco in the spring, a deal that brings the historic waterfront redevelopment to 100 percent leased. Chiarello will move into the space formerly occupied by Lafitte.

The announcement comes as another prominent chef, Charles Phan of Slanted Door, prepares to open a restaurant called Hard Waters at the Piers, the San Francisco Waterfront Partners development that consists of Piers 1 1/2, 3, and 5. The collection of restaurants at the Piers also includes La Mar Cebicheria Peruana and the Plant Café Organic….”

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Vast Photo Collection Shown in S.F. Warehouse

By Sam Whiting  | May 9, 2010 | SFGATE

“In the small world of photography collecting, investment banker Andy Pilara was a complete unknown until the day he walked into San Francisco’s Fraenkel Gallery and walked back out with the first picture he had ever bought, a Diane Arbus.

Seven years later, Pilara, 68, has built a collection of 20th century American documentary photography so vast and comprehensive that he had to rent a vacant warehouse on the Embarcadero just to display it.

Located below the Bay Bridge, Pier 24 offers 28,000 square feet of display…”

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San Francisco Business Times Profile: Simon Snellgrove

By Staff | September 13, 2009 | San Francisco Business Times

“Background: Snellgrove founded San Francisco-based PWP in 1999. Before that, he was president of U.S. Lend Lease Inc., where he started one of the first global real estate investment funds. Prior to that, he spent 20 years with the Portman Cos., where he grew from architectural draftsman to director of development for the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco and other large mixed-use developments in Singapore and Asia….”

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