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Bigger Plans to Transform This Tenderloin Block and Local Icon

Bigger Plans to Transform This Tenderloin Block and Local Icon

The Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist has been working on plans to redevelop the Tenderloin parcel upon which their 27,000-square-foot church sits, as we first reported back in 2013. As originally envisioned, the existing church and boarded-up storefronts at 450-474 O’Farrell Street were to be completely razed and a... Read More »

Economic Development Agency Opposes More Height on Mission

Economic Development Agency Opposes More Height on Mission

In the works since 2013, the plans for a modern seven-story building to rise on the southwest corner of Mission and 15th Streets, replacing the two-story Performance Auto shop which currently occupies the 1900 Mission Street site, were substantially revised following a series of meetings with the Mission Economic... Read More »

Streamlined Review for Renzo Piano Tower Approved

Streamlined Review for Renzo Piano Tower Approved

As the proposed 36-story Renzo Piano tower to rise at 555 Howard Street is being designed to meet LEED Platinum standards, its processing has been fast-tracked by Planning as a “green” development. And as the 555 Howard Street site sits within the boundaries of San Francisco’s Transit Center District Plan,... Read More »

Affordable Development Challenged

Affordable Development Challenged

While plans for a nine-story building with 127 units of affordable housing to rise on the northern half of the parking lot parcel at the corner of Folsom and 17th Street, adjacent to the future Folsom and 17th Street park on the southern half of the lot, have been... Read More »

Major Western SoMa Development Closer to Reality

Major Western SoMa Development Closer to Reality

The refined designs for a 372-unit development to rise up to seven stories in height at 1140 Harrison Street, upon the Western SoMa parcel currently occupied by the German Motors Collision Center building, have been rendered anew by BDE Architecture. And the developer, Houston-based Hanover Company, has now formally... Read More »

Cha Cha Condos in the Haight?

Cha Cha Condos in the Haight?

Plans for a seven-unit residential building to rise up to four stories in height upon the undeveloped portion of Cha Cha Cha’s Haight Street parcel at 1801 Haight Street have been drawn and submitted to the City for review. As envisioned, Cha Cha Cha’s existing building on the corner... Read More »

Building Up Burlingame’s Waterfront

Building Up Burlingame’s Waterfront

The ground has officially been broken for an 18-acre development at 300 Airport Boulevard, adjacent to Coyote Point in Burlingame. Five buildings and a parking garage will rise up to seven stories in height across the site, yielding 767,000 square feet of commercial space designed by Gensler for Chinese... Read More »

Building Up West Berkeley and San Pablo Avenue

Building Up West Berkeley and San Pablo Avenue

Plans to raze the shuttered Babitt’s Auto Repair Services and former gas station site at 2527 San Pablo Avenue, at the corner of Blake in West Berkeley, are in the works. And as proposed, a six-story building will rise up to 67 feet in height. While principally only zoned... Read More »

Zeitgeist Likely to Lose Literal NIMBY Challenge

Zeitgeist Likely to Lose Literal NIMBY Challenge

As proposed, a new five-story building with 28 condos over 6,300 square feet of new retail space and a 19-car garage will rise upon the Oil Changer site at 198 Valencia Street. In August, shortly after anti-tech flyers were posted in front of the bar, the owner of Zeitgeist... Read More »

Plans for More Density While Maintaining History in Western SoMa

Plans for More Density While Maintaining History in Western SoMa

Built in 1929, the three-story industrial building at 351-353 9th Street has been identified as a potential historic resource for the Western SOMA Light Industrial and Residential Historic District. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be redeveloped. And in fact, plans have been drawn. As proposed, the building’s foundation... Read More »