Plans for a Boutique Hotel in the Heart of the Castro

Plans for a Boutique Hotel in the Heart of the Castro

While a reincarnation of the restaurant Morac has recently been reported as ‘coming soon’ to the vacant Cafe La Taza space on its second floor, plans to level the Bite Me Sandwiches and former Bar Vero building at 4230 18th Street have actually been drawn. And as proposed, a... Read More »

RADical Oakland Tower Redesigned

RADical Oakland Tower Redesigned

Facing pushback with respect to the lack of a pronounced step back along 15th Street, which was seen as being inconsistent with “the lower height context of the buildings within 15th & Webster Historic District,” as well as its dark colors, “over use of boxy forms,” and... Read More »

Finest Residence in Ross Finally Sells for $10M on a Smaller Lot

Finest Residence in Ross Finally Sells for $10M on a Smaller Lot

On the market as “the finest residence in Ross” with a price tag of as much as $20 million over the past three years, the asking price for the recently renovated eight-bedroom home at 1 Upper Road was quietly reduced to $15.995 million last year. And having been re-listed... Read More »

Pace of Existing U.S. Home Sales Slips as Median Hits a New High

Having ticked up 1.1 percent in May, the pace of existing-home sales in the U.S. slipped 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.52 million transactions in June, which is still 0.7 percent above the pace at the same time last year but the second slowest pace... Read More »

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 »