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Modern Mission District Development Closer to Reality

Modern Mission District Development Closer to Reality

In a move which shouldn’t catch any plugged-in readers by surprise, the formal application to move forward with the demolition of the shuttered Mission District garage at 1721 15th Street (between Little Star Pizza and The Monastery, which is actually on market) and development of a modern five-story building... Read More »

Real Life Aviato Club in the City’s Crosshairs

Real Life Aviato Club in the City’s Crosshairs

Purchased for $855,000 in 2004, the single-family home at 166 Newton Street in Crocker Amazon has been operating as an illegal “hacker/co-living house for entrepreneurs, developers, digital nomads and students.” Unregistered with the City but still listed on Airbnb, the host of the “Aviato Club” on Newton, whom had... Read More »

Plans to Permit Illegal Remodel of Scofflaw’s Property

Plans to Permit Illegal Remodel of Scofflaw’s Property

Having secured a permit to simply conduct an “exploratory demo to determine sheetrock and termite damage,” the new owner of the Bernal Heights home at 310 Moncalm Street, which was purchased for $925,000 in November of 2015, began a full remodel and expansion of the property. Flagged by neighbors... Read More »

Three Leading Proposals for the Redevelopment of Fort Scott

Three Leading Proposals for the Redevelopment of Fort Scott

The Presidio Trust has just completed their preliminary review of the nine (9) concept proposals for the redevelopment of the roughly two dozen buildings spread across 30 acres of the Presidio that comprise Fort Winfield Scott into a “Campus for Change” and has narrowed the field to three (3)... Read More »

Sidelined Excelsior District Development Closer to Reality

Sidelined Excelsior District Development Closer to Reality

Sidelined by the economy in 2006, not to mention ongoing concerns about the density of the proposed redevelopment and its impact on the neighborhood, the formal application to level the former Excelsior District Woolworth’s turned Dollar Store at 4550 Mission Street and construct a five-story building upon the site... Read More »

Price Cut for Beloved Bookstore and Former Theater Site

Price Cut for Beloved Bookstore and Former Theater Site

As we first reported last year: After nearly 40 years in business, the Castro’s (second to) last remaining bookstore, Aardvark Books, appears to be done as the one-story building it occupies at 227 Church Street has quietly hit the market with a $2.85 million price tag. Purchased by the... Read More »

The Vulnerability and Consequences of Sea Level Rise in SF

The Vulnerability and Consequences of Sea Level Rise in SF

While a final assessment and consequences report isn’t slated to be finished until next year, a map of the San Francisco blocks most vulnerable to a projected sea level rise of between 36 and 66 inches by the end of this century has been drafted. And while recently approved... Read More »

Refined Plans and Timing for Stonestown Galleria Redevelopment

Refined Plans and Timing for Stonestown Galleria Redevelopment

In addition to a new 45,600-square-foot Whole Foods on its second floor, the refined plans for the redevelopment of Macy’s former Stonestown Galleria location now include a 72,000-square foot “sports retail store”; ten (10) small to medium size retail spaces; and up to four new restaurants and a 12-screen... Read More »

Draft Plans for a Boutique Hotel with Rooftop Bar on Lombard

Draft Plans for a Boutique Hotel with Rooftop Bar on Lombard

Plans to raze the former KFC/Taco Bell turned Poke Time building on the southwest corner of Lombard and Fillmore, which was deemed “a fixture within the Marina District neighborhood” when it was rebuilt back in 2005, have been in the works since 2015. And as formally proposed, a four-story... Read More »

Third Street Project Redesigned, Permitted and on the Market

Third Street Project Redesigned, Permitted and on the Market

As originally envisioned and proposed, the vacant “3rd Street Village” building at 4712-4729 3rd Street, in the heart of Bayview, was to be razed in order for a three-story residential care facility with 24 rooms for the elderly to rise on the site. Instead, permits for a four-story development,... Read More »