First Peek At The Plans For Big Mission And Van Ness Development

First Peek At The Plans For Big Mission And Van Ness Development

With San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Housing seeking to issue up to $375 million of mortgage revenue bonds to finance Related California’s proposed 1500 Mission Street development which could rise up to 320 feet on the northeast corner of Mission and South Van Ness, the half-block parcel upon which... Read More »

Kim Guts Housing Balance Initiative, Lee To Cancel Competing Plan

Supervisor Kim has gutted her “Housing Balance” ballot initiative, turning it into a non-binding vote on public policy versus a measure which would have created major hurdles for housing developers any time the percentage of affordable housing in San Francisco’s housing pipeline dropped below 30 percent. Assuming Kim’s proposed amendments are approved by San Francisco’s Read More »

Lincecum’s Freakishly Large Paradise Pad On The Market For $4M

Lincecum’s Freakishly Large Paradise Pad On The Market For $4M

Tim Lincecum has put his 11,028-square-foot home in Arizona on the market for $3,995,500.  The  San Francisco Giants’ ace pitcher purchased the Paradise Valley pad from former Pittsburgh Pirates fist baseman Kevin Young for $3.4 million in 2012. From the LA Times with respect to Timmy’s home away from home: Within the 11,028 square feet of living space Read More »

Dogpatch Institution Could Be Razed For More Condos To Rise

Dogpatch Institution Could Be Razed For More Condos To Rise

Exploratory plans to raze the two-story Dogpatch building on the northwest corner of Third and 18th Streets, home to the Moshi Moshi Cocktail and Sushi bar since 1987, have been submitted to San Francisco’s Planning Department for review. As proposed, a six-story building with 18 residential units over 3,000 square feet of retail space would Read More »

S.F. Railyard And I-280 Redevelopment Study Moves Ahead

S.F. Railyard And I-280 Redevelopment Study Moves Ahead

The second phase of the Planning Department’s study to explore the potential for redeveloping San Francisco’s 20-acre Caltrain Depot at 4th and King Streets, connecting rail to the Transbay Center (and possibly the East Bay), and re-configuring the terminus of I-280 in the city has been funded. The first phase of the study, assessing the technical feasibility of any redevelopment, Read More »

Big Plans For Flower Mart Site Confirmed, With A Twist

Big Plans For Flower Mart Site Confirmed, With A Twist

As we first reported last year, plans to raze 46,000 square feet of the 135,000 square foot Flower Mart and build a pair of office buildings rising up to 160 feet at the corner of Sixth and Brannan have been submitted to Planning. Kilroy Realty Corporation has since agreed to purchase all the outstanding shares of Read More »

Noe Valley “Penthouse” Battle: Neighbors Say No, Planning Says…

Noe Valley “Penthouse” Battle: Neighbors Say No, Planning Says…

With neighbors having organized to “just say no to the penthouse,” complete with an eleven page Powerpoint presentation prepared by someone at Cisco and a website dedicated to their cause, the fight over the proposed modern home to rise at 437 Duncan Street will be refereed by San Francisco’s Planning Commission this afternoon. As designed Read More »

From Car Wash To Condos (And Upscale Architecture) On Potrero Ave

From Car Wash To Condos (And Upscale Architecture) On Potrero Ave

Plans for a modern nine-story building with 70 condos to rise at 346 Potrero Avenue are slated to be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission this afternoon.  The development would replace the current car wash and billboard which are sandwiched between the Shell station and McDonald’s at the intersection of 16th Street. In addition to Read More »

Landlords Suing To Overturn Payout For Evicted Tenants In S.F.

The San Francisco Apartment Association and Coalition for Better Housing are preparing to file a federal lawsuit today which seeks to overturn the newly adopted and accelerated city law which requires landlords in San Francisco who invoke the Ellis Act to pay evicted tenants an upfront sum equal to the difference between their current rent Read More »

New U.S. Home Sales Suddenly Drops Despite More Inventory

New U.S. Home Sales Suddenly Drops Despite More Inventory

Despite a 12.3 percent downward revision to the estimated number of new U.S. homes sold in May, the largest downward revision on record, the seasonally adjusted annual pace of new single-family home sales in the U.S. fell to 406,000 in June, down 8.1 percent from May’s revised pace of 442,000 and 11.5 percent lower versus Read More »

San Francisco Will Miss Its Affordable Housing Allocation By A Mile

San Francisco Will Miss Its Affordable Housing Allocation By A Mile

As was long ago determined by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the regional Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), in order to meet the growing demand for housing in San Francisco, the City was given a goal of building 31,193 housing units between 2007 and 2014, its Regional Housing Needs Read More »

Golden Gate Park Turf Battle Headed To The Ballot Box

The proposed ordinance which would block the renovation of the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park and has qualified for the November ballot and will go head-to-head with the mayor’s “Children’s Playgrounds, Walking Trails and Athletic Fields Act,” a counter measure which would allow the conversion of the Beach Chalet’s four grass fields to synthetic turf and Read More »

50 First Street Wow Factor Extends Beyond Its Height

50 First Street Wow Factor Extends Beyond Its Height

If the sheer height of the 910-foot tower that’s proposed to rise at 50 First Street doesn’t wow you, the tower’s elevated first floor and open-air plaza beneath surely will.  From John King with respect to the “gasp-inducing” design: The lead architect for the project is Foster + Partners, the celebrated English firm doing the doughnut-shaped Read More »

Designs For 910-Foot Foster + Partners Tower Submitted To Planning

Designs For 910-Foot Foster + Partners Tower Submitted To Planning

The preliminary designs for two towers designed by Foster + Partners and Heller Manus Architects which could rise up to 910 feet in height at the corner of First and Mission have been submitted to Planning for Environmental Review. As we first reported last year, TMG Partners’ proposed 50 First Street development includes over 1 million Read More »

Flower Mart Foreshadowing Coming To Fruition, Site To Be Sold

Flower Mart Foreshadowing Coming To Fruition, Site To Be Sold

Kilroy Realty Corporation has agreed to purchase all the outstanding shares of the San Francisco Flower Growers’ Association for $27 million. If the acquisition seems a bit odd, consider this: the only material asset of the Growers’ Association at the closing of the transaction is anticipated to be an 1.9 acre site upon which the Read More »