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Former Building Inspection Commission President Tagged for Fraud

Former Building Inspection Commission President Tagged for Fraud

San Francisco’s City Attorney, Dennis Herrera, has just filed suit against construction engineering firm Santos & Urrutia Associates, its principals and several clients and contractors over “an elaborate scheme” to excavate and expand under multiple San Francisco homes without securing proper permits and employing forged documents, lies and fake... Read More »

Sexy Time Development Take Two

Sexy Time Development Take Two

Plans to raze the recently shuttered Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality building at 1523 Franklin Street and construct a decidedly modern building designed by Alan Tse and Charles Chan Architectural Studio upon its corner parcel have been abandoned. But plans to redevelop the site are moving forward.... Read More »

Growing Demand in Southern Bayview

Growing Demand in Southern Bayview

A number of large Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) spaces in San Francisco’s Southern Bayview District, as well as elsewhere in the city, have been quietly been converted to indoor “grow houses” over the past few years. With the semi-recent passage of California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act (a.k.a.... Read More »

Path for Trains to Reach SF’s New Transit Center Has Been Picked

Path for Trains to Reach SF’s New Transit Center Has Been Picked

As we expected and first foreshadowed earlier this year, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority has officially adopted the Pennsylvania Avenue Alignment as the preferred path by which trains should reach San Francisco’s new Salesforce Transit Center, with the rail lines into the city now expected to be completely undergrounded... Read More »

Potential Adoption of Ambitious Central SoMa Plan Pushed Back

Potential Adoption of Ambitious Central SoMa Plan Pushed Back

With San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors having just voted to continue their hearing of a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) based appeal of the City’s plan to mitigate the projected environmental impacts of its ambitious Central SoMa Plan to September 25, the Planning Commission hearing at which Supervisor Kim’s proposed... Read More »

Approved Renzo Piano Tower Nearly Permitted to Rise

Approved Renzo Piano Tower Nearly Permitted to Rise

While the approval process for a 36-story tower designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in collaboration with Mark Cavagnero Associates, to rise up to 405-feet in height at 555 Howard Street was, in fact, fast-tracked by Planning, and the development was approved back in early 2017, the project has... Read More »

Challenge of Proposed SRO Condo Project Slated to Fail

Challenge of Proposed SRO Condo Project Slated to Fail

As proposed, the 23-foot-tall commercial building at 42 Otis Street, which was purchased for $3.6 million in July of 2016, will be razed and a new 55-foot-tall building will rise on the Hub District site. As designed by Elevation Architects, the new five-story building will yield 24 single-room occupancy... Read More »

Where They’re Building in San Francisco

Where They’re Building in San Francisco

As we reported earlier this week, there are now nearly 70,000 units of housing in San Francisco’s overall pipeline of development, which includes all units which are under construction, permitted to break ground, entitled to be built or simply proposed. And as newly mapped below, said pipeline includes 7,100... Read More »

Record Pipeline of Development in San Francisco Continues to Grow

Record Pipeline of Development in San Francisco Continues to Grow

With the number of newly proposed units of housing to be built in San Francisco having outpaced the number of units that recently finished up construction for the third quarter in a row, the overall pipeline of apartments and condos under development in San Francisco increased by 1,800 in... Read More »

Plans to Restrict New Roof Decks in San Francisco

Plans to Restrict New Roof Decks in San Francisco

Building permits to add a new roof deck atop a single-family home or little residential building in San Francisco can currently be approved “over-the-counter,” without the need for a Residential Design Advisory Team (RDAT) review nor requiring any pre-application meetings, neighborhood notifications or public hearings. And neither the size... Read More »