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Former Temple Site in the Tenderloin Back in Play

Former Temple Site in the Tenderloin Back in Play

Plans to level the former Buddhist temple and art gallery at 380-386 Ellis Street and develop an eight-story building upon the central Tenderloin site, with 53 units of group housing over a new religious/educational space and a stacked garage for 8 cars, were approved back in December of 2002.... Read More »

Never Mind, the Facade of Remodeling Will Remain

Never Mind, the Facade of Remodeling Will Remain

The proposed framework for eliminating San Francisco’s frequently gamed Tantamount to Demolition rule and instituting a new Residential Expansion Threshold will not be presented at the Bayview Hunters Point Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting this evening. And in fact, as of late yesterday, San Francisco’s Planning Department has formally suspended... Read More »

Proposed 173-Unit Oakland Project Qualified for Quick Review

Proposed 173-Unit Oakland Project Qualified for Quick Review

Plans for an eight-story building to rise upon the two-story Bank of Hope and medical office building’s parcel and parking lot at 1940 Webster Street, on the edge of Oakland’s Central Business District, near Lake Merritt, are moving forward and have just qualified for a streamlined environmental review. The... Read More »

This Could End the Façade of Remodeling in SF, Streamline Demos

This Could End the Façade of Remodeling in SF, Streamline Demos

Attempts to game the real estate rules in San Francisco which govern the demolition and expansion of residential properties, by removing all but the façade or a few walls of an existing home and calling it a “remodel,” resulted in new legislation being adopted in 2007 that attempted to... Read More »

Guidelines to Direct the Look and Feel of San Francisco

Guidelines to Direct the Look and Feel of San Francisco

A set of twenty-four (24) proposed Urban Design Guidelines intended to establish a consistent set of expectations, goals, values and qualities by which future developments in San Francisco’s mixed-use, commercial and downtown districts could be consistently evaluated and reviewed – in terms of how a proposed building or project... Read More »

Luxury Auto Row Development Closer to Reality

Luxury Auto Row Development Closer to Reality

While the proposed ‘luxury community’ to rise at 3300 Broadway, at the corner of Brook Street along Oakland’s Auto Row, won’t break ground this year as originally projected by the project team, the development has just qualified for a streamlined environmental review and approvals under the umbrella of Oakland’s... Read More »

The Flippin Story behind Another Freestanding Facade

The Flippin Story behind Another Freestanding Facade

Purchased by the founder of the Flip video camera company (which was sold to Cisco for $590 million in 2009 and subsequently shuttered) for $1.2 million in August of 2002, plans to expand the “immaculate pano-view Noe Valley home with attractive Mediterranean façade” at 655 Alvarado Street were... Read More »

Bonus-Sized Plans for Shuttered Gas Station Site Slated for Approval

Bonus-Sized Plans for Shuttered Gas Station Site Slated for Approval

Speaking of infilling South Van Ness Avenue in the Mission, bonus-sized plans for a seven-story building to rise on the long-shuttered gas station site on the northeast corner of 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue could be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission in two weeks time. Plans... Read More »

Timing for 127-Unit SoMa Development to Rise

Timing for 127-Unit SoMa Development to Rise

While the building permits for the approved 127-unit apartment building to rise up to eight stories in height on the western side of 5th Street, between Shipley and Clara in Central SoMa, have yet to be issued, much less processed, Trammell Crow Residential is planning to break ground next... Read More »

Plans for Infilling South Van Ness

Plans for Infilling South Van Ness

Plans to level the Barney’s Auto Center shop at 986 South Van Ness Avenue, between 20th and 21st Streets in the Mission, and build nine (9) condos upon the 5,222-square-foot site are in the works. As massed but yet to be detailed by Winder Gibson Architects, the proposed four-story... Read More »