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Developments in Development: Short Term

Fur is flying nationwide as cities around the country figure out how to deal with the housing arm of the sharing economy – short term rentals, a.k.a. Airbnb. Locally, District 9 Supervisor David Campos has joined lawmakers around the country in signing a letter, Elizabeth-Warren-style, to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to study to what extent Airbnb and other...
Causa Justa advocate Diana Flores speaks at an anti eviction protest. Photo by Jen Cohen

Families Lose Home and Dog in SF Mission Eviction

Two families are temporarily homeless after sheriff’s deputies enforced an eviction from their Folsom Street home of 13 years on Wednesday. Advocates from Causa Justa, who have been working closely with the Maldonado and Martinez families since they discovered they would be evicted from their shared apartment at 2899 Folsom St., told their story at a demonstration in front of landlord...
Scaffolding around the Vida condo construction. File Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

SF Influencers to Debate Land Use Ballot Proposals

Supervisors, former legislators, activists, and nonprofit workers will meet at the Swedish American Hall on Market Street Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. to delve into the finer points of four land-use propositions — M, O, U, and X. The propositions, which go before the voters on November 8, would establish a housing commission, allow more office space in a Bayview development, double...
The encampment on 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets in September, before it was cleared on October 5. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Billionaires Back Bid to Ban SF Homeless Camps

The sidewalks of San Francisco will become a battleground for billionaires this election season as a proposition on the ballot, Proposition Q, seeks to tackle the issue of homeless encampments. The measure is sponsored by Supervisor Mark Farrell and supported largely by venture capitalists William Oberndorf, Michael Moritz and Ron Conway according to campaign finance records obtained from the SF Ethics Commission....
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Developments in Development: It’s a Wash

Looks like we’re not going to conquer Brisbane, after all, folks…at least according to Chuck Nevius, who writes in his column that the idea is off the table. Though the confrontation between Brisbane’s Mayor and the Board of Supervisors at this week’s meeting made for some political tension – SFHAC has it queued up and ready to go if you’re...
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Activists Rally for More Local Control of Housing

Rush hour drivers honked their support on Tuesday afternoon as anti-eviction organizations, community groups, and Mission residents protested what they say is a lack of community engagement by housing developers. The crowd of nearly 50 people spilled off the sidewalk and into the street as they listened to speeches calling for more community involvement in housing issues and greater transparency...
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Developments in Development: Are we happy yet?

San Francisco’s renters are giving the city top marks – in everything except affordability, of course, where they give it the equivalent of blowing a raspberry. That’s according to a renter satisfaction survey from Apartment List. Interestingly, the other thing renters in the survey were particularly unhappy with is the quality of schools. Also surprising: Respondents were more or less...
The 117-unit development at 2675 Folsom St. near 23rd Street. Design by David Baker Architects.

Parkside Housing Approved for Folsom Street

Parque Niños Unidos will be getting a four-story, market-rate housing neighbor soon, after a 5-2 vote Thursday at the Planning Commission approved a 117-unit project at 2675 Folsom St. near 23rd Street. Neighborhood activists and a planning commissioner, however, said the project was out of scale and would exacerbate the neighborhood’s affordability crisis. “There’s a whole context for why there’s...
The initial concept for the 157-unit development at 1950 Mission St. Design by David Baker Architects.

Mission Residents and Others Will Be Favored for Housing

Residents from the Mission District and other areas heavily impacted by gentrification will get preferential access to some of San Francisco’s affordable housing stock, a federal agency has decided. The Department of Housing and Urban Development decided on Wednesday that it would allow for an “anti-displacement” preference in the Willie B. Kennedy complex, a 98-unit senior housing complex recently completed in the Western...
The empty lot at 1990 Folsom St., where the Mission Economic Development Agency hopes to build 140 units of affordable housing. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Mission Affordable Housing Funds Almost All Spent

Almost all of the money San Francisco dedicated to building new affordable housing in the Mission District has been allocated to a single project that will cost some $300,000 per unit in city funds. Of the $50 million that San Francisco voters gave to the Mission District in November 2015 when voters approved Proposition A — a $310 million housing...
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Two-Alarm Fire Breaks Out in Potrero Hill

A fire broke out on the top floor of a residential-over-commercial building in Potrero Hill on Wednesday afternoon, though it was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. The two-alarm fire struck 2212 19th St. near Vermont Street at around 2:45 p.m., according to Jonathan Baxter, the Fire Department spokesperson. “Fire was visible and active from the top floor and roof,” he...
A housing project is proposed for 3314 Cesar Chavez St. – the space currently houses a warehouse. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Six Story Housing Project Coming to Cesar Chavez

A planned market-rate housing development coming to Cesar Chavez Street faced concerns from neighbors that the 65-foot building would block sunlight and impede privacy. “It’s the tallest thing around,” said Kim Basset, a neighbor who lives across from the development at 3314 Cesar Chavez St. near South Van Ness Avenue. Not true, said Drake Gardner, the project sponsor. Gardner pointed...
A rendition of the market-rate building at 2000 Bryant St. Courtesy of Nick Podell.

Second City Panel Approves Bryant Street Project

A second city body unanimously approved one of the largest housing complexes planned for the Mission District on Wednesday, paving the way for its construction in the next few years. The 330-unit project at 2000–2070 Bryant St. between 18th and 19th streets was passed by the Board of Appeals Wednesday evening after two hours of testimony. That came just a...
Rendition of the market-rate site at 2000 Bryant St. Courtesy of Nick Podell.

Embattled Bryant Street Project Clears Hurdle

A controversial, frequently delayed housing project on Bryant Street was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, but still faces one last hurdle on Wednesday when it comes before another city panel for a hearing. “I believe that on balance, this neighborhood is better off having this project approved than not,” said Supervisor David Campos of the proposed...
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Developments in Development: Afloat

Former mayor Art Agnos has a game changer for homelessness: Put ‘em on a boat! Create a new Navigation Center on a retired Navy ship, to be specific. The idea apparently comes from a post-earthquake emergency effort to house the recently homeless in 1989. But it’s drawn more than its fair share of criticism on social media, ranging from people...