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Stunning New Renderings And Context For SoMa Mega-Project

Stunning New Renderings And Context For SoMa Mega-Project

A copy of the 5M Project presentation which Forest City prepared for San Francisco’s Planning Commission includes a number of stunning new renderings for the proposed development and a fantastic overview of the mega-project’s architecture, design and context, including the heights of the buildings as designed relative to a number of existing and soon to be Read More »

Plans For Seven Stories And 1:1 Parking In The Mission

Plans For Seven Stories And 1:1 Parking In The Mission

Plans to raze the two one-story auto repair buildings on the southeast corner of 16th and Florida Streets have been submitted to Planning.  And as proposed, a seven-story development would rise up to 68 feet on the corner, with 53 new Mission District condos over parking for 53 cars. While San Francisco’s Planning Code principally Read More »

Underbuilding Along San Francisco’s New Transit Spine

Underbuilding Along San Francisco’s New Transit Spine

Speaking of development along San Francisco’s emergent Fourth Street Transit spine, while the City’s Central SoMa Plan envisions up-zoning the southwest corner of Brannan and Fourth to allow a tower of up to 250-feet to rise on the site, TMG Partners appears to be moving forward with plans to build a six-story building on a large Read More »

Four New Policy Papers To Shape SF’s Central SoMa Plan

Four New Policy Papers To Shape SF’s Central SoMa Plan

San Francisco’s Central SoMa Plan will define the City’s vision and strategies, and the overall potential, for developing the area bounded by Market, Sixth, Second and Townsend Streets, 260 acres of prime urban space bisected by the Central Subway project and an emergent Fourth Street transit spine. En route to publishing the plan’s Draft Environmental Read More »

Another Mid-Market Tower Site About To Hit The Market

Another Mid-Market Tower Site About To Hit The Market

Zoned for a 400-foot tower to rise on its Mid-Market parcel and large enough to support the development of over 500 units of housing, the City of San Francisco is preparing to sell its 5-story building at 30 Van Ness Avenue, between Market and Fell and across the street from another prominent 400-foot tower that’s Read More »

Design And Challenges For An Unexceptional Lower Haight Project

Design And Challenges For An Unexceptional Lower Haight Project

The designs for the proposed development to be built on the northeast corner of Page and Steiner, with four new four-story buildings to rise on the site of the bunker-like former church and community center at 690 Page Street, have been challenged by a resident in the six-unit condo building next door. Concerned that the Read More »

City’s Budget For Mid-Market Office Building Jumps To $327 Million

City’s Budget For Mid-Market Office Building Jumps To $327 Million

The proposed budget for the City’s new Mid-Market office building to rise up 17-stories along 11th Street between Mission and Market, on the eastern half of the Goodwill site at the intersection of Mission and South Van Ness Avenue, has jumped by almost 30 percent to $327 million. As we first reported in July, the city Read More »

Ideas For Transforming Market Street Identified

Ideas For Transforming Market Street Identified

Chosen based on their “creativity, sense of community, potential to make Market Street a more vibrant public space and ability to identify Market Street as uniquely San Francisco,” the fifty (50) teams which will each receive a $2,000 stipend to prototype their ideas for San Francisco’s Market Street Prototyping Festival have been selected. The selected Read More »

Under Construction And Designed To Activate The Alleyways

Under Construction And Designed To Activate The Alleyways

Annie Alley, off Mission between New Montgomery and Third, is now under construction and in the process of being transformed into Annie Street Plaza, a future “pedestrian-friendly enclave” in downtown San Francisco. One of 36 projects in the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District’s Street Life Plan, Annie Street Plaza is the YBCBD’s pilot effort to activate Read More »

Project To Prioritize Public Sites For Redevelopment Is Underway

Project To Prioritize Public Sites For Redevelopment Is Underway

In response to Mayor Ed Lee’s last State of the City address, and perhaps a certain Civil Grand Jury Report, an inter-agency working group has initiated the Public Sites Portfolio project, “to help San Francisco address some of its most pressing issues such as housing, transportation, and neighborhood sustainability…through the re-utilization of selected City-owned properties.” Read More »

The Plan To Make San Francisco More Green

The Plan To Make San Francisco More Green

While San Francisco is often considered to be one of the “greenest” cities in the world when it comes to renewable energy and zero-waste goals, San Francisco has one of the smallest tree canopies of any major city in the U.S.  And to quote the City’s Planning Department, San Francisco “suffers from a literal lack Read More »

A False Sense Of Preservation In SF?

A False Sense Of Preservation In SF?

While the proposed Polk Gulch development to rise twelve stories on Pine Street isn’t facing any significant opposition from its neighbors, San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is encouraging the Planning Commission to require an alternative design. As we first reported about Arquitectonica’s design for the 1545 Pine Street project earlier this year, the plan is Read More »

Another Barrier To Pinterest’s Move Is Being Raised

Another Barrier To Pinterest’s Move Is Being Raised

Another barrier which could prevent Pinterest from ever moving into the San Francisco Design Center is close to being raised.  And it’s a barrier which could affect plenty of other tech companies and area landlords as well. In addition to the proposed Planning Code amendment which would substantially limit the number of floors a building Read More »

City Responds To “Gloomy” Outlook For Affordable Housing In SF

Responding to the Civil Grand Jury report which noted that the Mayor’s goal of creating 30,000 new and rehabilitated homes is San Francisco by 2020 “will provide some relief to the current shortage, but exactly how far it will go in addressing the affordability issue depends on many factors and the outlook tends to be gloomy,” the Read More »

Agreement To Keep Affordable Housing Out Of New Tower

The proposal to keep affordable housing out of the 800-foot tower rising at 181 Fremont Street has been recommended for approval and will be presented to San Francisco’s Planning Commission next month. As we first reported last month, San Francisco’s Transbay Redevelopment Plan requires any new housing development within the redevelopment area to offer at least 15 Read More »