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Expectations for Skinny Transbay District Tower Reset

Expectations for Skinny Transbay District Tower Reset

Plans to redevelop the downtown parking lot parcel at 524 Howard Street were first approved nearly three decades ago, at which point a 23-story office building was expected to rise up to 311 feet in height after the former parking garage on the site was razed in 1989. But... Read More »

Plans for Seemingly Split Oakland Tower Likely DOA

Plans for Seemingly Split Oakland Tower Likely DOA

In a move which shouldn’t catch any plugged-in readers by surprise, Oakland’s Planning Commission has set the stage for a formal denial of the plans for a seemingly split, 460-foot-tall tower to rise at 1261 Harrison Street in Downtown Oakland. As proposed, the development would require the demolition of... Read More »

The Fed Institutes Another Rate Hike, Signals Seven More to Come

As predicted, the Federal Reserve has just raised its benchmark Federal Funds rate, upping its target range by another 0.25 percent (25 basis points) and signaling expectations for two more quarter-point increases in 2018, three in 2019 and another two in 2020. The Fed dropped the benchmark rate five... Read More »

Déjà Vu for a Waylaid Rincon Hill Development

Déjà Vu for a Waylaid Rincon Hill Development

As we first reported a couple weeks ago, the revived plans for a modern 144-unit building to rise up to 84 feet in height at 430 Main/429 Beale Street could be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission at the end of this month. While the site was previously approved for... Read More »

Record Pipeline of Projects in SF but Actual Building Slows Down

Record Pipeline of Projects in SF but Actual Building Slows Down

With the number of newly proposed units of housing to be built in San Francisco having outpaced the number of units that finished up construction in the fourth quarter of last year, the overall pipeline of apartments and condos under development in San Francisco has increased by 1,950 to... Read More »

Ambitious Conservatory of Music Project Approved

Ambitious Conservatory of Music Project Approved

The upzoning, development agreement and authorization needed for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s proposed twelve-story building to rise up to 120 feet in height at 200 Van Ness Avenue, between Hayes Street and Dr. Tom Waddell Place, were approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission last night. In addition... Read More »

Timing for San Francisco’s Transit Center Pushed Back

Timing for San Francisco’s Transit Center Pushed Back

While the 5.4-acre rooftop park atop San Francisco’s future Transbay/Salesforce Transit Center is on track to be fully planted, landscaped and construction complete in June, the timing to complete the $2.3 billion building below has slipped anew. Originally expected to be substantially complete at the end of 2017, the... Read More »

The Hotelless Plans for the San Francisco Armory

The Hotelless Plans for the San Francisco Armory

While the developer who recently paid $65 million for the landmark San Francisco Armory in the Mission has ties to the Soho House chain of private clubs and hotels, the zoning of the parcel upon which the Armory sits (Urban Mixed Use) would have to be changed to allow... Read More »

State Drops Legal Challenge of SF’s Waterfront Height Limit Measure

State Drops Legal Challenge of SF’s Waterfront Height Limit Measure

The State of California has agreed to drop its legal challenge of San Francisco’s Proposition B, the voter-approved “No Wall on the Waterfront” measure which maintains existing height limits for waterfront property under the control of the Port of San Francisco unless a specific up-zoning is approved by the... Read More »

Plans to Underground the San Francisco Tennis Club Revealed

Plans to Underground the San Francisco Tennis Club Revealed

The plans for a massive redevelopment of the San Francisco Tennis Club site at 645 5th Street are moving forward and have been redesigned and newly rendered below by IwamotoScott and Studios Architecture. As now formally proposed, the 88 Bluxome Street project would yield 833,000 square feet of office... Read More »