It has been nearly two years since development group SOMA Hotel announced plans to build a 250-room Mission Bay luxury hotel at Third and Channel streets.

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Back then, the plan was to start work on the project as soon as late 2014. That date was pushed back, and a groundbreaking is now set for the second quarter of 2016, according to the San Francisco Business Times. Marriott Hotel is now set to operate. Most interestingly for residents of Mission Bay, a neighborhood rather starved of things to do, the ground floor will be a 700-square-foot “community living room” where people can come to drink coffee and enjoy art.

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On the rooftop of the luxury hotel will be a glass-enclosed bar and cafe, also open to the public. Architect Mark Hornberger is working on architecture and design with interior designer Aubrey Maxwell to put local public art throughout the building, and the developer is looking to put a restaurant on the ground floor.

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Plans for the 250-room hotel in San Francisco’s Mission Bay are shaping up and about 10,000 square feet of meeting space is also planned.
Mission Bay residents at Thursday’s meeting were particularly excited about the public space.
“There is no rooftop access at that height anywhere else in Mission Bay,” Hornberger said in an interview with the Business Times.

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The 15-story hotel would be the first new luxury hotel in San Francisco since the Intercontinental Hotel opened next to Moscone West in 2008. It’s part of a larger mixed-use development that Strada is building at the waterfront site known as Block 1.