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Alternatives for Redevelopment of Iconic Tenderloin Site Outlined

Alternatives for Redevelopment of Iconic Tenderloin Site Outlined

The environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed development of over 100 affordable apartments at the corner of Turk and Larkin is being prepared. And as we first reported last year, the proposed incorporation of a portion of the existing L-shaped building on the site, which was constructed in... Read More »

Refined Designs and Renderings for a Big and Bigger Oakland Tower

Refined Designs and Renderings for a Big and Bigger Oakland Tower

Having been completely redesigned “to break down the bulk” of the proposed development and be “more consistent with the rectilinear forms” of the existing high-rise buildings in the area, SCB has further refined the designs for either a 21 or 34-story tower to rise upon the 2 Kaiser Plaza... Read More »

High-End Mint Plaza Loft Fails to Fetch 2014 Price

High-End Mint Plaza Loft Fails to Fetch 2014 Price

Purchased for $1.5 million in October 2014, the “Manhattan-like industrial condo” unit #1 at 10 Mint Plaza – which features high-gloss concrete floors, exposed beams, high ceilings, high-end finishes, and a Mid-Market location a few blocks from Twitter – returned to the market listed for $2.5 million last year.... Read More »

Ciao Bello Seconda Parte: Prime Napa Vineyard and Villa Has Sold

Ciao Bello Seconda Parte: Prime Napa Vineyard and Villa Has Sold

As we first reported last year: Michael Bello, the founder of a Southern California construction company, purchased five acres of prime Napa Valley land in 2000 and built Bello Family Vineyards, which includes a 5,700-square-foot grand residence constructed with materials imported from France and a two-acre Rutherford Bench vineyard,... Read More »

RADical Oakland Tower Redesigned

RADical Oakland Tower Redesigned

Facing pushback with respect to the lack of a pronounced step back along 15th Street, which was seen as being inconsistent with “the lower height context of the buildings within 15th & Webster Historic District,” as well as its dark colors, “over use of boxy forms,” and... Read More »

Plans for a Boutique Hotel in the Heart of the Castro

Plans for a Boutique Hotel in the Heart of the Castro

While a reincarnation of the restaurant Maroc has recently been reported as ‘coming soon’ to the vacant Cafe La Taza space on its second floor, plans to level the Bite Me Sandwiches and former Bar Vero building at 4230 18th Street have been drawn. And as proposed, a modern... Read More »

SoMa Rising and One Less Auto Shop as Proposed

SoMa Rising and One Less Auto Shop as Proposed

In the works since 2013, as we first reported at the time, the plans for a modern eight-story building to rise up to 85 feet in height upon the Arroyo Carlos & Sons auto shop parcel at 980 Folsom Street could be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission next... Read More »

Floating Fire Station Closer to Reality on San Francisco’s Bay

Floating Fire Station Closer to Reality on San Francisco’s Bay

The conceptual plans for a floating expansion of San Francisco’s historic Fire Station 35 at Pier 22 ½, which was built back in 1915, have been detailed and newly rendered. The proposed 16,400-square-foot structure would accommodate a third fire boat; new rescue watercraft, jet skis and a dive boat;... Read More »

Planning Seeks More Celebratory Design for Big Hotel Expansion

Planning Seeks More Celebratory Design for Big Hotel Expansion

Built in 1971, with a total of 342 hotel rooms and 220 parking spaces on its nearly two-acre parcel at 1300 Columbus Avenue, plans to add 174 new rooms to the Fisherman’s Wharf Holiday Inn have been drawn. As designed by Axis/GFA Architecture, the proposed 4-story addition would primarily... Read More »

Potential Fix to Right the Sinking 58-Story Millennium Tower Identified

Potential Fix to Right the Sinking 58-Story Millennium Tower Identified

A potential solution to right the sinking Millennium Tower, which has now settled a total of 17 inches with lean of nearly 14 inches as measured from its roof, has been identified. According to the Chronicle, the conceptual plan includes “drilling 50 to 100 new piles down to bedrock... Read More »