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Battle Over Turf In Golden Gate Park Is On

The proposed ordinance which would block the renovation of the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park and has qualified for the November ballot and will go head-to-head with the mayor’s “Children’s Playgrounds, Walking Trails and Athletic Fields Act,” a counter measure which would allow the conversion of the Beach Chalet’s four grass fields to synthetic turf and Read More »

Designs For 910-Foot Foster + Partners Tower Submitted To Planning

Designs For 910-Foot Foster + Partners Tower Submitted To Planning

The preliminary designs for two towers designed by Foster + Partners and Heller Manus Architects which could rise up to 910 feet in height at the corner of First and Mission have been submitted to Planning for Environmental Review. As we first reported last year, TMG Partners’ proposed 50 First Street development includes over 1 million Read More »

Office Rents In San Francisco Up 81% Since 2010, And Climbing

Office Rents In San Francisco Up 81% Since 2010, And Climbing

There is over 4 million square feet of office space under development in San Francisco, the largest pipeline of commercial space in over thirty years.  That being said, the majority of that pipeline won’t be ready for occupancy until post-2015 and over half has already been speculatively pre-leased by companies such as Salesforce and LinkedIn. Read More »

McDonald’s Site Near AT&T Park Slated For 10-Story Hotel

McDonald’s Site Near AT&T Park Slated For 10-Story Hotel

The plans for the SoMa parcel upon which McDonald’s sits on the southeast corner of Third and Townsend near AT&T Park have been revealed: Stonebridge Companies, a Colorado-based hotel development and management company, plans to build a 10-story, 225-room hotel on the 701 Third Street site which is zoned for development up to 105-feet in height. In terms Read More »

Auspicious Plans, But Were The Occupiers On To Something?

Auspicious Plans, But Were The Occupiers On To Something?

The Chinese American International School will soon begin renovating the two vacant buildings at 888 Turk and 930 Gough to create an auspiciously numbered “888 Campus” for their middle school students, assuming the school’s plans are approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission in two week. Owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the proposed renovation Read More »

Trading Kung’s For 67 SROs On Folsom Street

Trading Kung’s For 67 SROs On Folsom Street

Plans to raze the Kung’s Trading Co. building on the southeast corner of Folsom and Dore and construct a seven-story residential building on the Western SoMa site are making their way through Planning. The proposed building would reach a height of 65 feet and be configured with 67 “Single Room Occupancy (SRO)” units averaging 385 square Read More »

Alexandria Theater Sold, Redevelopment Plans Ramping Up

Alexandria Theater Sold, Redevelopment Plans Ramping Up

The dilapidated Alexandria Theater at 5400 Geary Boulevard which was approved for redevelopment over a year ago has been sold.  And according to Jessica Zhao, a representative for the new ownership group, the buyers are focused on getting the residential component of the development underway. As plugged-in people know, the approved plans for the project called Read More »

Ocean Avenue Rising: Designs For Four-Story Infill Development

Ocean Avenue Rising: Designs For Four-Story Infill Development

A 45-foot-tall building has been designed to rise on the corner of Ocean and Brighton Avenues, across the street from the Ocean Avenue Whole Foods Market.  And as proposed, the 270 Brighton Avenue development will produce 28 dwelling units over two ground-floor commercial spaces and a garage for 10 cars and 28 bikes. In order Read More »

Measure To Increase Heights For Pier 70 Project Qualifies For Ballot

Measure To Increase Heights For Pier 70 Project Qualifies For Ballot

The proposed ballot measure to increase Pier 70′s building height limits from 40 feet to 90 feet and help clear the way for Forest City’s development of up to 1,000 new units of housing, two million square feet of commercial space, and 400,000 square feet of retail, cultural and maker uses has qualified for the November Read More »

Designs For A New Cafe And More At 7th And Brannan

Designs For A New Cafe And More At 7th And Brannan

Susie’s Café has closed.  Ed’s Auto Service was boarded up.  And as proposed and permitted, a 40-foot building with 5 little commercial spaces will be built on the southeast corner of 7th and Brannan. Designed by Levy Design Partners, the 603 7th Street project will yield 4,125 square feet of space, with roll-up doors along Read More »

State Sues To Overturn SF’s Waterfront Height Limit Act

State Sues To Overturn SF’s Waterfront Height Limit Act

The State of California has filed suit against The City of San Francisco, seeking to block enforcement of Proposition B and invalidate the highly contested Waterfront Height Limit Right to Vote Act which was approved by voters last month. Championed by the California State Lands Commission, the lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court Read More »

State Bar Seeking To Cash Out In San Francisco

State Bar Seeking To Cash Out In San Francisco

According to a plugged-in tipster, the State Bar of California is planning put their 13-story building at 180 Howard Street on the market.  While the building will be offered without a price, apparently the State Bar has been counseled to expect bids well north of $100 million for the 200,000 square foot building. Any sale Read More »

Rincon Hill Tower Slated For Approval This Week

Rincon Hill Tower Slated For Approval This Week

San Francisco’s Planning Commission is slated to approve Crescent Heights’ plan to construct a 250-foot tower with 118 dwelling units at 325 Fremont Street this week. The plans to build a 200-foot tower with 51 units on the Rincon Hill site were first approved over a decade ago, plans which were revised in 2004 to yield Read More »

Google Expands San Francisco Footprint By Over Fifty Percent

Google Expands San Francisco Footprint By Over Fifty Percent

With an estimated 2,500 employees in the city, behind Salesforce with an estimated 4,000 and ahead of Twitter with an estimated 1,500, Google is the second largest tech employer in San Francisco. And while rumors of Google’s move to secure either the Transbay Tower (now Salesforce Tower) or Salesforce’s Mission Bay parcels (the heart of Read More »

The State Of San Francisco’s Downtown

The State Of San Francisco’s Downtown

Having emerged from “growing public awareness during the 1970′s that development threatened the essential character of downtown San Francisco,” San Francisco’s adopted Downtown Plan states that, “without sufficient and appropriate housing to serve new commercial development, local housing costs would increase, thereby compromising the vitality of downtown.” The Plan’s vision is to create a vibrant Read More »