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Transbay Tower project breaks ground in SF

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Land broke Wednesday beginning construction on the Transbay Tower, a 1,070-foot office building that will also have ground-floor retail. - COURTESY RENDERING
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  • Land broke Wednesday beginning construction on the Transbay Tower, a 1,070-foot office building that will also have ground-floor retail.

The tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi River broke ground Wednesday in San Francisco.

City officials, dignitaries and the developers were on hand at First and Mission streets for a ceremony for the Transbay Tower, the 1,070-foot office building that also will have ground-floor retail.

Cesar Pelli, who designed the 61-story metal-and-glass-facade tower, said he had been dreaming about the tower and transit center, which he also designed, since his architecture firm, Pelli Clarke Pelli, won the contract six years ago.

“Now, it is a reality,” he said.

The developers, Boston Properties and Hines, also delivered a symbolic check for more than $191 million to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, which owned the land before the sale was completed this week.

The money from the land sale will go to fund the future Transbay Transit Center.