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Uber Campus Kerfuffle And Rendering Scoop

Uber Campus Kerfuffle And Rendering Scoop

The design of Uber’s worldwide headquarters to rise in San Francisco’s Mission Bay is off to a rocky start. According to a plugged-in insider who delivered the rendering and behind the scenes scoop, a conflict between Uber’s team and a Principal at Gensler has caused a shake-up within the... Read More »

Bill To Freeze Speculative Evictions In San Francisco, Take Three

Having fallen one vote short last year, and failed in 2007, Senator Mark Leno has once again introduced legislation to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco. Mirroring Leno’s previously proposed Senate Bill 1439, which was approved by the Senate but rejected by the Assembly Housing Committee, Senate... Read More »

400-Foot Tower Dubbed “Jasper,” Leasing This Spring

400-Foot Tower Dubbed “Jasper,” Leasing This Spring

The 400-foot tower rising at 45 Lansing has been dubbed “Jasper.” Originally intended to be developed as a 227-unit uberluxury condo building by Turnberry Associates, the project was redesigned by Crescent Heights, the developers of NEMA, to consist of 320 rental units, including nearly one hundred studios (up from 3... Read More »

Rosewood Napa Valley?

Rosewood Napa Valley?

The Hong Kong-based family which owns the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel, a favorite haunt of Silicon Valley venture capitalists and the cougars that hunt them, has been identified as the buyers of the Calistoga Hills Resort property, an 88-acre parcel of land upon which a 110-room luxury hotel, 20... Read More »

Game Changer: Polk Street “SRO” Going Upscale

Game Changer: Polk Street “SRO” Going Upscale

The renovation of the former New Pacific Hotel at Polk and Eddy, a 66-room residential hotel, or “SRO,” which previously served the indigent and otherwise homeless, is nearing completion. And the project is positioning to re-open as “San Francisco’s newest boutique hotel,” dubbed “EPIK.” According to Planning, however, a... Read More »

Payouts Of Up To $50K Per Eviction Proposed

While San Francisco’s previously adopted law which required landlords who invoke the Ellis Act to pay evicted tenants an upfront sum equal to the difference between their current rent and a similar market-rate unit over the course of two years was ruled unconstitutional, Supervisors Campos, Kim and Avalos have... Read More »

Listings For Over 6,000 Illegal Rentals In S.F. On Airbnb Alone

As of noon today, there are roughly 6,500 listings for illegal short-term rentals in San Francisco on Airbnb alone. For as of February 1, 2015, unless a residential unit in San Francisco has been registered with the city and received a unique registration number from the Planning Department, it’s... Read More »

Plans For 76 Micro-Units And A Multi-Million Dollar Flip

Plans For 76 Micro-Units And A Multi-Million Dollar Flip

As we first reported last August: The long-standing 10th Street Car Wash at the corner of Harrison and 10th which has occupied the Western SoMa site since 1969 is in contract to be sold and plans to develop the parcel have just been submitted to Planning. As proposed, a five... Read More »

Has A Million Really “Vanished” From The SoMa Community Fund?

According to the city, $925,666 appears to have “vanished” from the South of Market Community Stabilization Fund, money which was earmarked to fund improvements to local parks and pedestrian safety. According to the Association of Bay Area Governments, however, the money was properly disbursed to the developer of One Rincon... Read More »

Little-Known Public Open Spaces Could Be Made Private

Little-Known Public Open Spaces Could Be Made Private

While not widely publicized, over 12,000 square feet of public open space was constructed in the form of two sunny terraces off the fourth and sixth floors of the 31-story Intercontinental Hotel at 888 Howard Street, a condition of the development’s approval and the result of a 1980s-era city... Read More »

Chinese Real Estate Giant Buys Site For Second-Tallest Tower In SF

Chinese Real Estate Giant Buys Site For Second-Tallest Tower In SF

Beijing-based Oceanwide Holdings has inked a deal to purchase the 50 First Street development site and plans for the second-tallest tower to rise over 900 feet in San Francisco for $296 million, nearly 150 percent more than the $122 million that local developer TMG Partners and Northwood Investors paid... Read More »

Legislation To Protect Clubs From Encroaching Condos

With noise complaints from residents in buildings that have recently risen or been converted in neighborhoods that were formerly commercial in character and have historically catered to clubs and other places of entertainment (POEs) on the rise, legislation to protect the POEs and require those buying or leasing residences... Read More »

Refined Designs And Timing For 400-Foot Transbay Block 9 Tower

Refined Designs And Timing For 400-Foot Transbay Block 9 Tower

The designs for the 400-foot tower and 85-foot podium to rise on Transbay Block 9, at the corner of Folsom and First, have been refined by SOM (tower) and Fougeron Architecture (podium), and the total number of residences and ratio of Below Market Rate (BMR) units within the development... Read More »

The Mayor’s Roadmap For Affordable Housing In San Francisco

The Mayor’s Roadmap For Affordable Housing In San Francisco

Speaking of the Mayor and housing, the findings and recommendations from a working group of “over 100 housing activists, advocates and experts,” which the Mayor assembled to address the state of affordable housing in San Francisco and aid the Mayor in achieving his goal of adding 10,000 units of affordable housing... Read More »

Rube Goldberg Building Poised To Be Landmarked, Tenants Evicted

Rube Goldberg Building Poised To Be Landmarked, Tenants Evicted

Against the wishes of the building’s owner, San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission is poised to recommend that the two-story R. L. Goldberg Building at 182-198 Gough Street be designated a historic landmark by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. Initiated by the residential tenants of the building who are fighting... Read More »