December 11, 2013
A Rather Extensive Remodeling (Of Everything But The Façade)
While the façade of 2178 Pine Street hangs like a Hollywood set, technically the potential historic resource hasn't been demolished but rather the Victorian is being "remodeled," with permits to convert the first floor (which no longer exists) to habitable living space while remodeling the second and third floors of the building (which no longer exist) as well.
The property was purchased for $1,663,000 in April of this year having last been used as a four unit building but built as a single-family home. A garage is being added as well.
Six-Story Moorish Fortress Designed For Blighted Berkeley Lot
With the owner of the long vacant lot at the corner of Haste and Telegraph in Berkeley having settled a lawsuit with the City in October, agreeing to move forward with plans to develop the lot within 45 days or risk forfeiture of the land, Ken Sarachan is moving forward with plans to build a six-story Moorish fortress on the site adjacent to Rasputin Records which Sarachan also owns.
The proposed "El Jardin" development at 2501 Haste (click image above to enlarge) includes the demolition of the retail building at 2433 Telegraph and the construction of 79 dwelling units over 30,356 square feet of commercial space with the 69-foot high building rising over, and "carved" out of, a base of sculpted concrete rock:
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Offer Date For High-End Noe Home Comes And Goes, Reduced
Listed for $3,400,000 on November 10 with "Offers Due" at 1pm on November 21, the high-end Noe Valley home at 1612 Church Street remains on the market and its list price has been reduced by 9 percent to $3,095,000. A new due date hasn't been listed for the home.
Adjustable-Rate Activity Up As Applications For Mortgages Decline
With mortgage rates continuing to tick up and the current 30-year rate hovering around 4.6 percent, mortgage applications to purchase property in the U.S. were down 10 percent on a year-over-year basis last week while the share of adjustable-rate mortgage activity has increased to 8.1 percent, the highest level since July of 2008.
Alta Vista School Drafts Plans To Double In Size
The Alta Vista School moved from 3,500 square feet of start-up space in 2012 to a one-acre Portola campus at 450 Somerset Street with a three-story school building of 23,000 square feet, a two-car garage, and a paved play yard which doubles as parking for the adjacent church.
With a current enrolment of around 160 students, the school has drafted plans to raze the garage along Wayland and construct a second three-story building of 21,000 square feet on the site with classrooms, administrative space, and a landscaped green roof with open space for the students. The paved play yard would be reconfigured with play/sports areas, a garden and new landscaping. A parking pad for six cars would be provided at the rear of the site.
With the proposed addition, the Alta Vista School would be able to accommodate an enrolment of up to 420 students.
December 10, 2013
An Elegant Three-Bedroom Nob Hill Condo For $550 A Square Foot
Listed for $1,449,000 two months ago, the asking price for the three-bedroom Nob Hill condo #106 at 850 Powell Street (a.k.a. The Francesca) has recently been reduced to $1,349,000.
With a box beam ceiling in the dining room, a wood burning fireplace in the living room and a remodeled kitchen, the elegant 2,461 square foot unit is now priced at $548 per square foot.
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Due Date And Decision For Mid-Crissy Field Plans Pushed Back
While revised proposals for redeveloping the Presidio’s former Commissary and current Sports Basement site across from Crissy Field were originally due on January 3, the deadline has been pushed back by two weeks to January 17, 2014.
The date for the Presidio Trust’s public Board Meeting to discuss the revised proposals remains unscheduled and the reference to the Trust Board indicating a direction for the Mid-Crissy Field site in January has just been removed from the Presidio Trust’s timeline.
San Francisco's America's Cup Accounting And Projected Deficit
Preliminary accounting for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco pegs the economic impact of the event at $364 million versus original projections of $1.4 billion, with roughly 700,000 spectators versus a projected 2.7 million, and a deficit of at least $5.5 million to be covered by the City.
If the construction of San Francisco’s new cruise ship terminal at Pier 27 is included in the numbers, the total economic impact is closer to $550 million with 3,800 jobs created including 900 jobs related to the terminal work. While construction of the terminal was fast-tracked because of the America's Cup, its development was planned and approved prior to the event.
Redesigning The Heart Of Chinatown (Portsmouth Square)
Originally a dirt plaza that served as the civic and commercial hub of the settlement of Yerba Buena and the site of San Francisco's first City Hall, Portsmouth Square along Kearny Street between Washington and Clay has evolved into the unofficial "heart of Chinatown."
Nestled amidst office towers and neighborhood shops, Portsmouth Square provides a much-needed relief from the crush of people on nearby streets – Chinatown is the most densely-populated urban area west of Manhattan, and accessible parks and open spaces are in limited supply. The Square provides a gathering space where residents can build a sense of community through an array of cultural, recreational and social activities – everything from tai chi and Chinese line dance lessons, to informal socializing with neighbors, to active play at the playgrounds, to afternoon card games. In addition to the critical role the square serves for local residents, Portsmouth Square continues to attract visitors from around the region and the world, hosting frequent walking tours, festivals, and other special events.
Last redesigned in the 1980’s, Portsmouth Square and the buffer blocks from Sacramento to Jackson are about to be "reimagined" by San Francisco's Planning and Recreation and Parks Departments with a goal of creating "an enhanced public space and streetscape that is dynamic, multicultural, adaptable to diverse users and events, and reflective of local culture and history."
A feasibility study for the Portsmouth Square Area Project will be drafted over the first half of 2014 with concept designs to be developed in the second half of the year. A detailed design, review and approvals for the project are slated for delivery in 2015.
December 9, 2013
Panning (And Planning) For Liquid Gold On Hyde Street
If approved, the 1,346 square foot former ReJoyce Books store across from the Nob Hill Trader Joe’s and CVS on Hyde Street will be turned into Liquid Gold, "a public beer and wine tasting room and retail store specializing in local craft beer and small-batch wines."
Despite opposition from one vocal member of the public who is concerned with an over-concentration of bars, alcohol related criminal activity, and an "influx of chronic inebriates occupying sidewalks" in the Lower Nob Hill neighborhood, the Planning Department is recommending that the Planning Commission approve Liquid Gold’s application to operate at 1040 Hyde Street.
A Bonus Bath! On The Roof.
The plumbed bathtub on the roof of 28 Prosper Street isn’t included in the official two bathroom count for the Castro home, but it is fully functional as far as we know. Purchased for $1,300,000 in 2006, the kitchen was remodeled in 2008 with green granite and a Bertazzoni gas range:
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Plans For Rapid Transit Down Geary Boulevard Are Rolling Again
With the development of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) having been approved for Van Ness Avenue, the Transportation Authority's recommended plan for a Geary BRT line from Downtown San Francisco to the Outer Richmond will be presented to the public this evening at 6pm in the Richmond Recreation Center (251 18th Ave) and at 5:30pm on December 17 in the Main Library (100 Larkin).
The projected cost for Geary BRT is around $200 million with design and engineering currently slated to take until 2017 and construction a couple of years. The feasibility study for a Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit line was first adopted by the Transportation Authority Board in 2007.