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Recommendation for Affordable Housing Requirements Revealed

Recommendation for Affordable Housing Requirements Revealed

With San Francisco Supervisors having drafted two competing proposals for overhauling the percentage and mix of below market rate (BMR or “affordable”) units that developers of market rate projects are required to provide on-site or fund elsewhere in the city, in response to the passage of Proposition C and... Read More »

Complaints Related to Airbnb-ing in S.F. Have Doubled Again

Complaints Related to Airbnb-ing in S.F. Have Doubled Again

Having more than doubled from around 250 in 2015 to over 600 in 2016, the number of formal complaints related to illegal short-term rentals in San Francisco is on pace to double again in 2017, with roughly 200 complaints filed in the first quarter of the year, which is... Read More »

Privatization of Public Open Space in SoMa Approved

Privatization of Public Open Space in SoMa Approved

In the works for over two years, the custom-tailored ordinance to allow the owners of the 31-story Intercontinental Hotel at 888 Howard Street to privatize the two outdoor terraces on the 3rd and 5th floors of the hotel, which are currently privately-owned public open spaces (POPOS) and were required... Read More »

Short-Term Rental Certificate for Sleeping Boxes Revoked

Short-Term Rental Certificate for Sleeping Boxes Revoked

Marketed as “private micro-suites” with queen sized beds on Airbnb for $90 per night, or “sleeping boxes” according to a couple of complaints, the short-term rental registration/certificate for 4229 Moraga Street in the Outer Sunset, at which there appear to have been up to 12 listings for beds throughout... 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 Rules to Govern San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District

The Rules to Govern San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District

Established in 2014 in an attempt to stem the displacement of Latino oriented businesses and residents from the area, the new rules to govern the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District – which is centered around the 24th Street commercial corridor from Potrero Avenue to Bartlett Street, and bounded by 22nd Street and... Read More »

Affordable Housing Developers Cashing out on the City’s Dime?

Without pointing fingers or naming names, Supervisor Mark Farrell has drafted legislation which would specifically require that any and all proceeds generated from the refinancing or sale of an affordable housing development in San Francisco, which was supported in whole or in part by taxpayer funds, shall only be... Read More »

Monster Home Site in Contract, Plans Approved

Monster Home Site in Contract, Plans Approved

Purchased for $1.135 million in 2013, after which the grand plans for its Corona Heights parcel soon emerged, the former 1,500-square-foot home at 53 States Street was recently leveled. While waylaid by former Supervisor Scott Wiener’s “monster home” legislation, which effectively halted the development of large homes in his... Read More »

Plan to Preserve the Mission District Revealed

Plan to Preserve the Mission District Revealed

The draft plan to retain low to moderate income residents and community-serving businesses, artists and nonprofits in San Francisco’s Mission District has just been released for public review. The Mission Action Plan 2020 (MAP2020) identifies programmatic services intended to “preserve the Mission District as a Latino cultural and commercial... Read More »

Complaints Related to Airbnb-ing in SF More Than Doubled Last Year

Complaints Related to Airbnb-ing in SF More Than Doubled Last Year

While Mayor Ed Lee vetoed the short-term rental law approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors last year, publicly arguing that the legislation would have made registration and enforcement of San Francisco’s existing short-term rental regulations “more difficult and less effective, and driving even more people to illegally... Read More »