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Prohibition on Formula Retail Likely for Polk, but with a Big Twist

Prohibition on Formula Retail Likely for Polk, but with a Big Twist

With the neighborhood fight over the former Lombardi Sports site at 1600 Jackson Street having reached a fevered pitch, and battle lines having been drawn over a proposed Whole Foods 365, the City’s Planning Commission is poised to institute a prohibition on new Formula Retail establishments opening along the... Read More »

Ornate Tenderloin Garage Pitched for Redevelopment

Ornate Tenderloin Garage Pitched for Redevelopment

Zoned for development up to 130 feet in height, and with a lot that could support building up to 76 apartments or condos, the 1920’s era garage at 525 Jones Street is on the market in the Tenderloin without a preset price and calling for offers by June 9.... Read More »

The SoMa Development a Ballot Initiative Aims to Block

The SoMa Development a Ballot Initiative Aims to Block

As we first reported last week, the paperwork for a ballot measure entitled the “Don’t Demolish Recreation in San Francisco Initiative” has been filed with the City.  And while the initiative doesn’t specifically name the proposed redevelopment of the San Francisco Tennis Club site at 645 5th Street as... Read More »

Mission District Development Reimagined: Beauty or Beast?

Mission District Development Reimagined: Beauty or Beast?

Facing pushback from the neighborhood and powers that be, developer Nick Podell and team circled back to the drawing board and returned with a “completely reimagined” proposal for the development of 2000-2070 Bryant Street, a project which could rise across the majority of the Mission District block bounded by... Read More »

Initiative to Challenge Law Which Limits Development

Initiative to Challenge Law Which Limits Development

Approved by San Francisco voters in 1986, Proposition M established an annual cap on the amount of office space that’s allowed to be developed in the city. While the annual allocation of 950,000 square feet can be banked in a down market, the current balance in the account which... Read More »

New Plans for Old Country Western Club Site in Western SoMa

New Plans for Old Country Western Club Site in Western SoMa

Once the site of Rawhide II, the only Country Western club in San Francisco, the owners and operators of the Café in the Castro purchased the 280 Seventh Street building a few years ago and were planning to construct a new four-story club, restaurant and two condos on the... Read More »

Mid-Market Micro Hotel Development at Risk

Mid-Market Micro Hotel Development at Risk

Approved for redevelopment as a 94-room hostel/hotel in 2010, the historic Joseph D. Grant Building at 1095 Market Street was subsequently sold to Synapse Capital. And in 2014, plans to partner with London-based Yotel to build 203 guest “cabins” (a.k.a. micro hotel rooms) within the Mid-Market building at the... Read More »

Zynga’s Business is Still Worth Less Than its Building

Zynga’s Business is Still Worth Less Than its Building

Are you surprised that Zynga’s office building at 650 Townsend Street was recently estimated to be worth more than the company? You shouldn’t be, it has been that way for years. Or as we first reported in 2012: Zynga’s Business is Now Worth Less Than its Building. Read More »

SoMa Winery Drops Mayor’s Name but Expansion Plans hit a Wall

SoMa Winery Drops Mayor’s Name but Expansion Plans hit a Wall

Six years ago, City Vintners San Francisco was granted permission to convert the industrial building at 53 Bluxome Street into a winery and tasting room based on an expected annual production of 5,000 cases of wine, all of which was to be bottled by way of a mobile bottling... Read More »

Office Rents in Oakland Hit an All-Time High

While demand for office space in San Francisco slipped last quarter, asking rents in Oakland’s Central Business District gained 8 percent, are up 36 percent versus the same time last year and have hit an all-time high, eclipsing the dotcom era peak at the end of 2000. In addition,... Read More »