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Cesar Chavez Project Site on the Market at a Near-Record Price

Cesar Chavez Project Site on the Market at a Near-Record Price

Approved for a 24-unit development to rise up to six stories in height on the Mission District site, with 20 two-bedrooms and 4 one-bedrooms over a 761 square foot retail space and a garage for six cars, the 3620 Cesar Chavez Street parcel and plans are now on the... Read More »

New Condo Sales Drop to a Multi-Year Low in San Francisco

New Condo Sales Drop to a Multi-Year Low in San Francisco

At a time of the year when sales typically start ticking up, fewer than twenty contracts for new condominiums in San Francisco were signed last month, which is 67 percent fewer than the month before, 42 percent lower versus the same time last year, and the fewest in any... 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 »

Balboa Reservoir Announcement Pushed Back

Balboa Reservoir Announcement Pushed Back

While all the teams interested in buying, entitling and redeveloping the western 17 acres of the Balboa Reservoir site, which is currently a 1,000-space parking lot under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, have submitted their qualifications and preliminary concepts to the City, the finalists will... Read More »

Contentious Bonus Height Program Rebranded

Contentious Bonus Height Program Rebranded

While legislation to streamline the approval process for developers of below-market-rate housing in San Francisco to build up to three stories higher than zoned was adopted last year, the biggest component of San Francisco’s proposed Affordable Housing Bonus Program, which would have allowed market-rate developers to build up to... Read More »

The City’s Affordable Housing Recommendations and Dissent

The City’s Affordable Housing Recommendations and Dissent

Voters in San Francisco passed Proposition C last year, a ballot measure which effectively doubled the percentage of below market rate (BMR or “affordable”) units that developers of larger market rate projects would be required to provide on-site or fund elsewhere in the city. Prior to the vote, San... 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 »

Pipeline of Residential Development in San Francisco Slips

Pipeline of Residential Development in San Francisco Slips

With new proposals having been submitted to the City for roughly the same number of units that finished construction in the fourth quarter of 2016, the overall pipeline of apartments and condos under development in San Francisco has slipped by a hundred: from a record 63,700 in the third... Read More »

Development Chicken in Lower Nob Hill

Development Chicken in Lower Nob Hill

As we first reported when the plans for a five-story building to rise up to 50 feet in height on the little Lower Nob Hill/Tendernob parking lot parcel at 736 Hyde Street – which is zoned for development up to 80 feet – were presented to Planning late last... Read More »

Mission District Parcel Ravaged by Fire in Play

Mission District Parcel Ravaged by Fire in Play

Purchased for $4 million back in 1990, the former three-story apartment building with 47 units at 2578-2598 Mission and 22nd Streets was ravaged by a fire which killed one person and left over 60 people homeless in early 2015. Leveled last year and its borders since fenced, the half-acre... Read More »