More Mass In The Mission: Designs For 20 Modern Condos On 24th

More Mass In The Mission: Designs For 20 Modern Condos On 24th

A plan to raze La Parrilla Grill’s two-story Mission District building on the southeast corner of Folsom and 24th Streets and construct a five-story building designed by Natoma Architects with 20 modern condos over 2,800 square feet of new ground floor commercial space has been submitted to Planning for... Read More »

Plans For Condos On Castro Corner Where Starbucks Was Spurned

Plans For Condos On Castro Corner Where Starbucks Was Spurned

With San Francisco’s Planning Commission having rejected Starbucks’ bid to take over the one-story retail space at 2201 Market Street last year, the owner of the property has drafted a new plan for the parcel at the corner of Sanchez, with designs for a six-story building with nine condos over ground-floor commercial space to rise. Read More »

The Warriors Island Arena And Aptly Named Watermark

The Warriors Island Arena And Aptly Named Watermark

Of the six key design issues for the proposed Warriors arena upon San Francisco’s Piers 30-32, how the proposed public access areas of the development will perform under the latest estimates for sea level rise and a 100-year flood is number six. While we’re happy to report that the public access areas of the proposed Read More »

Plans To Convert Mission Armory From Porn Studio To Office Use

Plans To Convert Mission Armory From Porn Studio To Office Use

Peter Acworth has quietly drafted plans to convert Kink.com’s Armory building at Mission and 14th Streets from fetish porn studio to “traditional office use,” with the 39,000 square foot Drill Court proposed for “spectator sports, arts, or nighttime entertainment.” If approved, the conversion would yield over 140,000 square feet of office space, including 67,000 square Read More »

Six Key Issues For Warriors Proposed Arena Slated For Design Review

Six Key Issues For Warriors Proposed Arena Slated For Design Review

The Golden State Warriors and Port of San Francisco will present the plans for a 128-foot-tall arena to be built upon San Francisco’s Piers 30-32 to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s Design Review Board on April 7, the first formal pre-application review for the project as proposed (click images to enlarge). Tasked Read More »

The Push To Landmark An At-Risk Market Street Tree

Seeking an “open aesthetic,” the buyer of 3066 Market Street, a speculative project which had been stalled mid-construction and ended up selling on the courthouse steps earlier this year, was planning to chop down the 75-foot-tall redwood tree in the backyard. Sponsored by Supervisor Wiener and recommended by San Francisco’s Land Use and Economic Development Read More »

Don Fisher Clubhouse Design Refined, Rising In Hayes Valley

Don Fisher Clubhouse Design Refined, Rising In Hayes Valley

The design by TEF Architecture has been refined and construction is well underway on the four-story “Don Fisher Clubhouse” rising for the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco which will be moving from their current space at 1950 Page Street in the Haight to 380 Fulton Street in Hayes Valley, a former Central Freeway Read More »

McCoppin Hub Plaza Is On Its Way To Becoming Open Space

McCoppin Hub Plaza Is On Its Way To Becoming Open Space

Originally envisioned as a community garden, the McCoppin cul-de-sac between Valencia Street and the Central Freeway ramp will become the mixed-use McCoppin Hub Plaza, with pads for food trucks, farmers markets, or other community events (click to enlarge). The ordinance to rezone the cul-de-sac as open space has just been introduced, construction is underway, and Read More »

Cathedral Hill Demolition: Feasting On The Remnants Of The Rooms

Cathedral Hill Demolition: Feasting On The Remnants Of The Rooms

The heavy machinery is feasting on the remnants of the guest rooms, the office portion of the old Jack Tar Hotel has been stripped to its superstructure, and the city block should soon be completed razed in order to make room for CPMC’s Cathedral Hill Hospital to rise. Read More »

The Block-By-Block Plans And Conceptual Designs For Polk Street

The Block-By-Block Plans And Conceptual Designs For Polk Street

The conceptual designs and detailed plans for the complete makeover of Polk Street from Union to Market, including bike lane placements (both dedicated and shared); proposed lighting, pedestrian safety, alley and streetscape improvements; and a block-by-block count of the parking spaces to be lost, or gained, were unveiled last night. The block-by-block plans for Polk Read More »

NAR’s Forward-Looking Indicator Drops To Lowest Level Since 2011

The National Association of Realtors has just revealed that their Pending Homes Sales Index has actually declined for eight months in a row and the “forward-looking indicator” is at its lowest level since October 2011. A week ago, the Association revealed that the number of homes for sale across the country is currently 10 percent Read More »

A Major Price Cut For Minor’s Massive San Francisco Estate

A Major Price Cut For Minor’s Massive San Francisco Estate

The list price for Halsey Minor’s 18,000 square foot Presidio Heights mansion at 3800 Washington Street has just been cut by $1,994,000 (10%). Now asking $17,995,000 for the mansion, adjacent 2,600 square foot guest house, and the undeveloped lot behind. Having topped the list of the Top 500 Delinquent Taxpayers in California last year, Mr. Read More »

Mortgage Rates Move Up As Expected

Mortgage Rates Move Up As Expected

As expected, the average rate for a conforming 30-year mortgage ticked up from 4.32 to 4.40 percent over the past week. The current 30-year rate is within 18 basis points of the 34-month high rate of 4.58 percent recorded this past August. Having averaged 6.67 percent since 1990, the average rate for a 30-year fixed Read More »

According To Shrimp Boy, San Francisco Is Dirtier Than It Looks

From the declaration of Special Agent Emmanuel Pascua in support of indicting State Senator Leland Yee, former gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, and ex-S.F. school board member Keith Jackson, amongst others: “…Chow and the talked about the corrupt nature of politics in San Francisco. Chow commented how San Francisco has changed over the Read More »

Foster + Partners Tapped For Two Towers At First And Mission

Foster + Partners Tapped For Two Towers At First And Mission

Foster + Partners will team with Heller Manus Architects to re-design the two towers to rise at First and Mission. The two million square foot project includes an 850-foot office tower fronting First Street and a 605-foot condominium tower fronting Mission. The existing 88 First Street building on the corner between the two towers to Read More »