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The City Isn’t Digging the Plans for an Historic Art Deco Garage

The City Isn’t Digging the Plans for an Historic Art Deco Garage

The designs for a six-story hotel to rise behind the historic Art Deco façade of the Central SoMa garage at 224 Townsend Street have been drawn and proposed. But the City isn’t digging the plans. As designed by Stanton Architecture for Stonebridge Reality Advisors, which is in contract to... Read More »

Ruling Helps Clear the Way for 120 Van Ness Corridor Condos to Rise

Ruling Helps Clear the Way for 120 Van Ness Corridor Condos to Rise

San Francisco’s Zoning Administrator has issued a key ruling that should help clear the way for a 14-story building with up to 120 condos to rise up to 130-feet in height at 830 Eddy Street, replacing the current two-story parking structure for 62 cars on the site. Originally developed... Read More »

Bonus Height Debate Heats up, Possible Vote next Month

Bonus Height Debate Heats up, Possible Vote next Month

The debate over San Francisco’s proposed Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP), which would allow developers to build up to three stories higher than currently zoned in exchange for providing more below-market-rate units than currently required, is heating up. While the terms of the proposed program have been amended to... Read More »

Contested Waterfront Development Survives Challenges

Contested Waterfront Development Survives Challenges

The multiple appeals which aimed to overturn the City’s approval of a 220-foot building to rise at 75 Howard Street, with 133 luxury condos over a restaurant, café and underground ‘parking vault’ for 100 cars, were all denied by San Francisco’s Board of Appeals last night. While the Board... Read More »

Appeal of Transit Impact Fee for Mission Bay Development Denied

Appeal of Transit Impact Fee for Mission Bay Development Denied

Kilroy Realty’s appeal of the $6.4 million Transit Impact Development Fee (TIDF) which the City has imposed on the 680,000-square-foot Exchange on Sixteenth Street project was denied by San Francisco’s Board of Appeals last night in a 3-2 vote, but a rehearing could be requested. Kilroy’s 3.1-acre development, which... Read More »

Warriors Arena Dubbed Chase Center and Now Too Big to Fail?

Warriors Arena Dubbed Chase Center and Now Too Big to Fail?

While the target opening date has been moved back to 2019 and a pair of lawsuits remain unresolved, the Golden State Warriors have sold the naming-rights for their proposed Mission Bay Arena to JPMorgan Chase which plans to dub the arena Chase Center. And while the pre-construction deal “should... Read More »

SF’s Bonus Height Program Amended to Limit Impact and ‘Abuse’

SF’s Bonus Height Program Amended to Limit Impact and ‘Abuse’

The terms of San Francisco’s proposed Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP), which would allow developers to build up to three stories higher than currently zoned, have been amended. And while a public hearing for the amended program will be held this week, the potential adoption of the AHBP has... Read More »

Developer Fighting Transit Impact Fee for Mission Bay

Developer Fighting Transit Impact Fee for Mission Bay

According to the attorneys for Kilroy Realty, the development team fully understands “the pressing need and political importance for transportation and infrastructure improvements” in Mission Bay, and their appeal of the $6.4 million Transit Impact Development Fee (TIDF) which the City has imposed on Kilroy’s 680,000-square-foot ‘Exchange on Sixteenth’... Read More »

San Francisco Adopts Mission District Development Controls

San Francisco Adopts Mission District Development Controls

Following five months of debate, San Francisco’s Planning Commission has unanimously adopted ‘Interim Controls’ for new market-rate housing, office and retail developments in the Mission District. And while originally drafted to last six months, the controls as passed will be in place for a year and three months. Intended... Read More »

Government Moves to Identify Hidden Buyers of Luxury Homes

Concerned that secretive purchases of luxury real estate are being used to hide ill-gotten gains, the federal government will require title companies to discover and report the true identities of all-cash buyers of high-end properties hidden behind an L.L.C. or other shell entity in Manhattan and Miami-Date County from... Read More »