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How to Play Planning and Mint a Few Million Bucks

How to Play Planning and Mint a Few Million Bucks

Purchased as two adjacent but completely separate units in the Royal Towers building at 1750 Taylor Street for a combined $4.6 million back in January of 2014, an application to legally merge the one-bedroom unit #804 and the two-bedroom unit #805 was soon filed with the city, citing a... Read More »

Potential Reefer Madness in Pac Heights

Potential Reefer Madness in Pac Heights

With the wine shop Vino having closed its doors at the end of last year, following a 20 year run at 2425 California Street which sits within the Upper Fillmore Neighborhood Commercial District, on the border of Lower and full-blown Pacific Heights, a request for a formal determination as to... Read More »

Airbnb Settles with San Francisco, Law Limiting Listings to Take Effect

Airbnb and HomeAway have agreed to dismiss their legal challenge of San Francisco’s new short-term rental law which restricts units that haven’t been registered with San Francisco’s Office of Short-Term Rentals from being listed on their sites and to provide a mechanism for easily verifying said registrations. The requirements... Read More »

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 »