Talk about unaffordable. A single condo (albeit a huge one) at the former Allied Box Company at 2169 Folsom Street just went on the market for …you may want to sit down for this… $5.5 million. Whew. Curbed has the story, and photos, on that one.
Meanwhile, Mayor Ed Lee has just joined basically every other person ever in calling for the city to build more affordable housing. He is hoping to increase the mandatory portion of affordable housing in new developments way of a ballot measure in 2016.
Lee has also decided to tackle homelessness by, well, creating a department on homelessness. The department will roll all the city’s existing homelessness-ending efforts (DPH programs, Project Homeless Connect, HOPE, and all the rest of ‘em) into one big lump, which has yet to receive a director or even a location. But they’re working on it, folks. Lee says the move was inspired by the success of the Navigation Center, which has moved some 250 people out of homelessness since it opened in April.
At the same time, the Planning Commission tried to figure out what to do with a proposal by Supervisor Scott Wiener that would have exempted any project with 100% affordable housing (to people making 120% or less of the Area Median Income) from needing a Conditional Use permit. Those can take months to even get on the Commission’s calendar, let alone to be granted. Neighbors asked commissioners to stop and flesh out the proposal some more, while a handful of nonprofit developers wanted it to go on. Worth noting: Commissioners guessed that about two of the proposals that come before the Commission each year would actually be affected. Both a vote to delay the item and a vote to pass it on to the Board of Supervisors Land Use committee failed, meaning that it will now go forward anyway but with a recommendation for disapproval. More on that as events unfold.
Apart from pushing for more new affordable housing, the city is also opening new fronts in the battle against displacement. Most notably, the City Attorney today announced that he’s seeking a preliminary injunction against infamous multi-city landlord Ana Kihagi, who can probably be described in kindest terms as a bully. Or, as Herrera put it, a woman who has “a unique brand of tyrannical abuse.” The Chronicle has that story.
Meanwhile, the business landscape is in constant flux. In the case of the 93-year-old Roosevelt Tamale Parlor, those rapid changes are sometimes attributable to the city’s affordability crisis. Here’s an update on the scoreboard of local business happenings:
Closed: Rice Paper Scissors has closed its pop-up next to Brick and Mortar. They’ll make appearances every Thursday at the Mojo Bicycle Cafe, but for now are looking around for a permanent brick-and-mortar location.
Soup dumpling and cocktail purveyor Chino is once again closed, but it’s for good this time.
Apple Grocery Market’s storage location on Mission street has now been met with serious enforcement from the Department of Health, Capp Street Crap reports.
Also in this category, though it isn’t strictly a closure: Blue Bottle and Tartine’s merger has been called off. The two successful businesses decided that their visions didn’t align, and that they would be better off moving forward separately.
Opening: Gus’s Market grocery on 17th and Harrison, another branch of the markets run by the family that also operates the Haight Street Market and Noriega Produce.
Expanding: Lyft is looking for a bigger office than its already pretty huge Mission headquarters, says the Business Times. Former Tacolicious (and Chino) chef Telmo Faria is eyeing a new restaurant in the Castro. La Cocina incubatee Bini’s Kitchen, known for its delicious tiny dumplings with sauce is slated to open a brick and mortar location on Market Street on Monday. And finally, Craftsman and Wolves is going to open a second location in Russian Hill.