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Housing

Developments in Development: Elbo Room, Rolling Stock, Everlane

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. I don’t have much of a play-by-play housing-bubble update this week except that messages continue to be mixed: On one hand, housing prices are starting to plateau, and this is attributed by some analysts to increased supply. On the other, a UCLA study says...

3100 17th Street: How One Block Changed

First published on January 5, 2012 Tomorrow, the city will unveil a new park at 17th and Folsom streets at a 3:30 p.m. ceremony. It’s worth looking back at this piece Mission Local did in September 2011 to see how much 17th Street has changed in the last decade. The park adds green to a stretch of 17th Street that...

Troubled building on 18th Street back on the market after sale falls through

A historic and troubled property located at 2205 Mission Street at the intersection with 18th Street is for sale again after a deal with a commercial developer fell through. Its current owner, former Facebook executive Owen van Natta, is asking $7 million for the property according to the realtor for the property. He purchased it for $5 million in 2014....

Developments in development: 29th Street fire

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. A year ago today, more than 50 tenants lost their homes in a fire that consumed several buildings and left others with serious damage at 29th and Mission streets. Here are a few updates on what has happened at those sites: First, Hillary Ronen...

Developments in development: Preserving rent-controlled stock

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. When it comes to affordability, San Francisco is facing a tricky balancing act. Planners are making an effort in one illustrative case to make it clear to a developer who wants to replace a building on Mission Street with condos will face serious scrutiny...

Housing may replace burned former Cole Hardware site

Update: Bernalwood reports Cole Hardware is in talks with the landlord about possibly returning to their former location when a new building is constructed. Condos may replace the burned-out space on Mission Street that previously housed Cole Hardware. The preliminary plans submitted to the city call for a five-story building with eight apartments over a ground-floor commercial space. Eight parking spaces and 16...

Six-story building to replace former Mission St. sausage factory

New housing units will soon replace the abandoned sausage factory at 1726 Mission Street. The San Francisco Planning Commission approved plans Thursday evening for a six-story, 40-unit building on the block of Mission street between 14th and Duboce streets that will include 20 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom units, car and bike parking spaces and a ground floor largely dedicated to...

Coalition asks city to fund Latino success

San Francisco’s Latino population struggles disproportionately in key areas that determine success and stability, said a coalition of nonprofits that serve low-income Latino communities around the city. The groups, under the name San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition, are calling for more funding to go to services for struggling Latino families. The coalition held a press conference Wednesday highlighting...

Developments in development: Deep divide

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. If you build more below-market-rate projects, by all means, build it bigger, the Board of Supervisors told developers this week. HOME SF, a law that gives market-rate developers permission to build higher in exchange for adding affordable housing on-site, was passed 10-1 by the...

Nonprofit developer focuses on families at 16th Street project

In its layout, aesthetic and on-site services, the new housing complex planned for 16th and Folsom streets will be geared emphatically toward housing families. Up until 2008, the site operated as the shipping warehouse for a large-scale bakery. Representatives for the developers, the Mission Economic Development Agency and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, as well as the architect and landscaper, told...

City cites itself (again) for blight on its 16th Street lot

Despite the general knowledge that bureaucracy moves at a glacial pace, graffiti abatement notices seem to arrive with lightning speed. For the second time, one city department has issued a warning to another department to clean up a lot at 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Last year, it was for a blighted lot, and this year, it’s for graffiti. The...

Chronically ill senior faces eviction from SF apartment of 52 years

A 77-year-old chronically ill woman living at 3309 Cesar Chavez Street is being evicted from the apartment she has lived in since 1969. While the tenant oscillates between the hospital and her apartment, lawyers argue over technicalities in a case that could leave her living on her daughter’s couch. The tenant, Ana Hernandez, suffers from a multiple respiratory conditions and...

Developments in development: Slice of the pie

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. A source started an interview with me this week by saying “well, the planet is on fire, but otherwise fine.” So if you’re feeling firehosed by national-level bombshell coverage and haven’t had time to keep up with all of the details of what’s happening,...

Tempers flare at a meeting where local owners propose housing

Angry neighbors confronted a group of landowners and an architect proposing a five-story,17-unit building at 24th and Capp streets in a meeting Monday night that lasted nearly two hours and ended with few clear conclusions except that neighbors want more affordable housing on the corner. The building proposed for 3230 24th St. must squeeze into a narrow, triangular lot, currently...

Developments in development: SF a top builder

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. I can’t wait to see what role this new tidbit will play in upcoming meetings about housing: San Francisco actually outperformed the entire rest of the state in terms of adding new housing in 2016. This is a fascinating statistic that I’m sure will...