SoMa Rising and One Less Auto Shop as Proposed

SoMa Rising and One Less Auto Shop as Proposed

In the works since 2013, as we first reported at the time, the plans for a modern eight-story building to rise up to 85 feet in height upon the Arroyo Carlos & Sons auto shop parcel at 980 Folsom Street could be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission next... Read More »

SF Employment Dropped in First Half of 2017, First Time since 2009

SF Employment Dropped in First Half of 2017, First Time since 2009

With no growth in the number of people living in San Francisco with a job last month (542,100), despite an increase in the labor force by 2,800 to 559,800, the unemployment rate in San Francisco ticked up from 2.7 to 3.2 percent in June. And for the first time... Read More »

Floating Fire Station Closer to Reality on San Francisco’s Bay

Floating Fire Station Closer to Reality on San Francisco’s Bay

The conceptual plans for a floating expansion of San Francisco’s historic Fire Station 35 at Pier 22 ½, which was built back in 1915, have been detailed and newly rendered. The proposed 16,400-square-foot structure would accommodate a third fire boat; new rescue watercraft, jet skis and a dive boat;... Read More »

Electrifying Caltrain News: Project Underway

Electrifying Caltrain News: Project Underway

The Caltrain electrification project officially broke ground in Millbrae this morning. Originally expected to cost $1.5 billion and be operational in 2019, the budget to electrify Caltrain has been upwardly revised to $1.98 billion, including a $316 million contingency fund, and the likely date that the first electric train... Read More »

Planning Seeks More Celebratory Design for Big Hotel Expansion

Planning Seeks More Celebratory Design for Big Hotel Expansion

Built in 1971, with a total of 342 hotel rooms and 220 parking spaces on its nearly two-acre parcel at 1300 Columbus Avenue, plans to add 174 new rooms to the Fisherman’s Wharf Holiday Inn have been drawn. As designed by Axis/GFA Architecture, the proposed 4-story addition would primarily... Read More »

Art Gallery Shuttered, Parcel on the Market as a Development Site

Art Gallery Shuttered, Parcel on the Market as a Development Site

The recently shuttered John Pence Gallery at 750 Post Street, three blocks from Union Square in Lower Nob Hill, is now on the market with a $7.9 million price tag and being positioned as a development site. The two-story building, which was built as a garage back in 1914,... Read More »

Potential Fix to Right the Sinking 58-Story Millennium Tower Identified

Potential Fix to Right the Sinking 58-Story Millennium Tower Identified

A potential solution to right the sinking Millennium Tower, which has now settled a total of 17 inches with lean of nearly 14 inches as measured from its roof, has been identified. According to the Chronicle, the conceptual plan includes “drilling 50 to 100 new piles down to bedrock... Read More »

Pricing Index for New Condos in San Francisco Hits a 3-Year Low

Pricing Index for New Condos in San Francisco Hits a 3-Year Low

While sales activity for new condos in San Francisco dropped 27 percent from May to June with the start of a typical summer slowdown in play, the number of purchase contracts signed last month (53) was 66 percent higher on a year-over-year basis, according to sales data from The... Read More »

Controls to Limit Legal Grow Houses in S.F. to Be Extended

Controls to Limit Legal Grow Houses in S.F. to Be Extended

As we first reported last year: Fearing a proliferation of indoor grow houses following the passage of California’s Adult Use Marijuana Act (a.k.a. Proposition 64) last week, Mayor Ed Lee has…introduced proposed legislation which would require conditional use authorization for new “indoor agriculture uses” in buildings zoned for Production,... Read More »

Hayes Valley Development Slated for Approval with Refined Design

Hayes Valley Development Slated for Approval with Refined Design

A neighbor’s challenge of the proposed five-story building to rise on the slender Hayes Valley parcel known as Central Freeway Parcel T (a.k.a. 188 Octavia Boulevard, between Page and Rose) is slated to be heard by San Francisco’s Planning Commission on Thursday afternoon. In addition to 27 residential units... Read More »