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Purchase Of Land To Build $889K Affordable Apartments Approved

Purchase Of Land To Build $889K Affordable Apartments Approved

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved the City’s $18.5 million purchase of the corner parcel at 490 South Van Ness Avenue and 16th Street in the Mission, a site which is approved for the development of a 72-unit building. The City intends to build permanently affordable apartments... Read More »

Oh Say Can You See What Should Be On This Site?

Oh Say Can You See What Should Be On This Site?

The century-old Francis Scott Key Annex building, a former two-story school, sits on a nearly one and one-half acre parcel of land fronting 42nd and 43rd Avenue, between Irving and Judah Streets, in the Outer Sunset. The building currently serves as an administrative office and storage for the San... Read More »

Castro & Upper Market Retail Strategy Report

Castro & Upper Market Retail Strategy Report

There are currently around 30 vacant retail spaces along the Castro and Upper Market retail corridor and the vacancy rate is hovering around 8 percent, nearly twice the city’s overall average. Inactive storefronts are offering refuge to an increasing number of homeless people and wearing on the area’s image,... Read More »

$10 Million Could Buy A City Block In San Francisco

$10 Million Could Buy A City Block In San Francisco

After nearly two years on the market without any movement, and despite a neighborhood campaign to secure the land for community use, the asking price for the 2.2 acre Portola District block bounded by Woolsey, Hamilton, Wayland and Bowdoin streets has just been reduced from $12 million to $10... Read More »

Proposed Waterfront High-Rise Fully Rendered, Ready For Review

Proposed Waterfront High-Rise Fully Rendered, Ready For Review

Sporting its new ‘stacked gardens’ design by SOM, the proposed 220-foot waterfront building to rise at 75 Howard Street, with 133 market-rate condos over a restaurant, café and underground ‘parking vault’ for 100 cars could be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission this Thursday, July 23. Reduced in height... Read More »

Grand Jury: SF’s $25B Construction Program Needs Tech Overhaul

A Civil Grand Jury report with respect to the management of the City of San Francisco’s $25 billion City construction program has concluded that “it needs work” and a tech overhaul. The three questions which the Grand Jury aimed to answer, “problems that have been called out in... Read More »

City Preparing RFP For Contentious Affordable Development

City Preparing RFP For Contentious Affordable Development

Identified by the Port of San Francisco as “the greatest affordable housing development opportunity among the Port’s seawall lots in the northeastern waterfront,” the Mayor’s Office of Housing has been working on plans for 115 units of affordable housing to rise up to 65-feet in height on Seawall Lot... Read More »

San Francisco’s Downtown Plan And Monitoring Report

San Francisco’s Downtown Plan And Monitoring Report

A core tenet of San Francisco’s Downtown Plan states, “without sufficient and appropriate housing to serve new commercial development, local housing costs increase, thereby compromising the vitality of downtown.” Or from the lead paragraph from the latest monitoring report for the Plan with respect to Housing: “The Downtown... Read More »

Planning Commission Initiates Mission District Mini-Moratorium

Planning Commission Initiates Mission District Mini-Moratorium

San Francisco’s Planning Commission has voted to consider enacting “Interim Controls” for new market-rate housing, office and retail developments in the Mission. The stated intent is to provide the City “time to finalize a cohesive strategy to provide more affordable housing and economic stability” and “to complete its analysis... Read More »

Housing Policy Hypocrisy In San Francisco?

Housing Policy Hypocrisy In San Francisco?

While the Mayor’s Office has agreed to spend a potential record-setting amount to purchase a Mission District development site in order to build 72 units of affordable housing, the City is poised to approve the development of a 550-foot office tower on Transbay Block 5 at the corner of... Read More »

Controversial Oakland Tower Deal Likely Illegal

Controversial Oakland Tower Deal Likely Illegal

According to a confidential legal opinion written by Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker and obtained by the East Bay Express, the Oakland City Council’s agreement to sell the East Lake development site at the corner of East 12th Street and 2nd Avenue for the development of a controversial 23-story... Read More »

San Francisco Missed Its Affordable Housing Target By A Mile

San Francisco Missed Its Affordable Housing Target By A Mile

In order to meet the long-ago forecast of increased demand for housing in the city and around the Bay Area, San Francisco was given a goal of building a minimum of 31,193 housing units between 2007 and 2014, its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA).  And while developers delivered over 108... Read More »

Housing Proposed For Showplace Site Where OSH Was Denied

Housing Proposed For Showplace Site Where OSH Was Denied

Despite the Planning Department’s support for the project two years ago, San Francisco’s Planning Commission denied Orchard Supply Hardware’s bid to convert the Pacific Sales building at 975 Bryant Street into a 33,000 square foot OSH with a nursery on the roof, raising a number of questions as to... Read More »

Flower Mart Tenants And Developer Agree, But The Battle Isn’t Over

Flower Mart Tenants And Developer Agree, But The Battle Isn’t Over

The ceremonial signing of the final agreement between the San Francisco Flower Mart Tenants’ Association, Kilroy Realty and the San Francisco Flower Mart LLC which will end the tenants’ threatened ballot measure to block the proposed redevelopment of the Mart is about to occur. While the agreement aligns the... Read More »

Planning Balks At Proposed Height For Central SoMa Tower(s)

Planning Balks At Proposed Height For Central SoMa Tower(s)

San Francisco’s Planning Department has just finished its review of the preliminary plans for a 37-story tower to rise at 636 4th Street.  And it doesn’t support what has been proposed and rendered below. As proposed, the current K&L Wine Merchants building and adjacent Latte Express would be razed... Read More »