San Francisco Files Suit Against Affordable Housing Scofflaws

San Francisco Files Suit Against Affordable Housing Scofflaws

Catherine Bailey bought a below market rate (BMR) condominium at 888 7th Street for $270,500 back in 2008. And at the time of her purchase, Bailey signed an affidavit acknowledging that she could not rent the unit “in part or whole without written approval from the Mayor’s Office of... Read More »

Take Two for a Tenderloin Development That’s Headed Market Rate

Take Two for a Tenderloin Development That’s Headed Market Rate

Originally approved for the development of five stories of affordable housing back in 2004, the entitlement to build upon the undeveloped Tenderloin parcel at 519 Ellis Street, adjacent to the Senator Hotel, expired at the end of 2007. An attempt to revive the entitlement in 2008, and then again... Read More »

The Impact of a Transformative Market Street Project and New Park

The Impact of a Transformative Market Street Project and New Park

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed 584-unit development to rise up to ten stories in height across the Market Street parcels upon which the Civic Center Hotel (1601 Market), Local 38 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Hall (1621 Market), and two-story Lesser Brothers Building (1629‐1637 Market) currently... Read More »

Kevin Durant’s $3 Million OKC Home Sells for $1.9 Million Less

Kevin Durant’s $3 Million OKC Home Sells for $1.9 Million Less

Having invested an estimated $3 million in buying, combining and renovating a pair adjacent Downtown Oklahoma City townhomes into a 7,000-square-foot pad, with six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, elevator and a media room with bar, the now Golden State Warrior, Kevin Durant, has just sold for his NE 2nd Street... Read More »

Playing the Illegal Housing Card for a Holdout in Central SoMa

Playing the Illegal Housing Card for a Holdout in Central SoMa

Responding to a complaint about the illegal addition of a residential unit above the Central City Glass shop at 759 Harrison Street back in 2003, a city inspector met with the owner of the four-story building who stated that the unit had “been in place for 20-25 years” despite... Read More »

Plans for Building up on Potrero Hill and Foreshadowing a Fight

Plans for Building up on Potrero Hill and Foreshadowing a Fight

Purchased for $1.25 million last July, plans to raze the little 1,196-square-foot, two-story home at 714 Rhode Island Street, on the north slope of Potrero Hill, are in the works. As proposed a 7,234-square-foot, six-story duplex will rise upon the site: And in terms of projecting who might object... Read More »

City Survey Says: San Franciscans Are Feeling Less Safe

City Survey Says: San Franciscans Are Feeling Less Safe

According to the City’s biennial survey of over 2,000 residents, which was just released, while the perceived performance of San Francisco’s local government has maintained a  “B-” rating overall, the percentage of respondents providing a mark of “A” or “B” has slipped from 59% in 2015 to 57% in... Read More »

Opposition to 117-Unit Development in the Mission Paid Off

Opposition to 117-Unit Development in the Mission Paid Off

While approved for the development of 117 apartments last year, including 23 units which are to be provided at below market rates (BMRs), the 2675 Folsom Street project has been waylaid by appeals championed by Calle 24 Latino Cultural District and the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). But with... Read More »

Questions about CCSF’s Performing Arts Center and Parking Emerge

Questions about CCSF’s Performing Arts Center and Parking Emerge

With detailed proposals for redeveloping the western 17 acres of the Balboa Reservoir site, which is currently a 1,000-space parking lot under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, due in four weeks time, the deadline for the final three development teams to have asked the City... Read More »

More Density in Downtown Oakland

More Density in Downtown Oakland

Having secured financing for a 262-unit apartment building to rise up to 15 stories at 1100 Clay Street in Oakland’s City Center district, between 11th and 12th Streets, and getting ready to break ground, the Strada Investment Group is now seeking permission to increase the number of units to... Read More »