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SF supervisors thumb noses at SB 827

Board of Supervisors candidate Sonja Trauss escorted off by sheriff’s deputy after wading into crowd of opposing protesters Following dueling press conferences, protests and counter-protests, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday went on record about SB 827, Sen. Scott Weiner’s bill in the California legislature that would reduce restrictions on height and density for residential developments near transit lines. They...

SF nonprofit reveals its plans for derelict building at 18th and Mission

The Mission Economic Development Agency is proposing an eight-and-half-story mixed-use building at the corner of 18th and Mission streets — now the site of a decaying former stove store that could cost the nonprofit as much as $1 million to restore.   As Mission Local reported in December, MEDA bought the building for $6 million, with plans to develop it...

Artists drop out of show hosted by 16th and Mission developers

Mission4All, the organization funded by the developers of the proposed 10-story 380-unit development at 16th and Mission streets, is hosting an event at 16th and Capp this Saturday, in which some 30 local artists, musicians and craftspeople will showcase their work. But already some are dropping out.  Some neighborhood groups are also crying foul, saying that the event – called...

Is the Wash Club building a historic resource to SF’s Mission?

Last week, the Board of Supervisors declined to vote on an appeal of an eight-story, 75-unit project that is to replace a laundromat at 2918 Mission St. Instead, the vote will take place once a study answers the question of whether the building is a historic resource. It will take at least four months. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, in...

Neighborhood Notes: Dolores Park updates and more

As sun shines on Dolores, safety and trash still a concern We’ve come a long way since the Aug. 3 daylight shooting in Dolores Park, most participants agreed at a small Thursday night meeting hosted by the Dolores Park Ambassadors and aimed at the park’s cleanliness and safety. “It felt pretty grim at the end of August,” said District 8...

Elbo Room’s landlords are serial evictors

One of the Mission District’s premier fun hubs, the Elbo Room, is slated to vacate its space at 17th and Valencia in 2019 so that the building’s owners can raze the site for a five-story condo project, where they plan to retire. “This is part of our vision for ourselves, for my husband and I to spend the rest of...

SF goes after city’s cruelest landlord, snatching away her rent payments

Anne Kihagi’s tenants are now writing their rent checks directly to the city — to the tune of perhaps $120,000 a month Dale Duncan is trying to be a nice guy. He’s trying real, real hard. But, sometimes, it’s just too much. Anne Kihagi is just too much. And not just sometimes. “I’m not a big schadenfreude guy,” says the former...

SF developer plans a nonprofit to build affordable housing faster

Government isn’t moving fast enough on building housing, say developers Joe and Joey Toboni, so the father and son with two market rate projects in the Mission and Mission roots,  are taking matters into their own hands. “What the public and especially the less fortunate would consider to be the government’s role in helping people in need is not happening....

SF Mission nonprofit nabs corner building for $7.75 million

The Mission Economic Development Agency — or MEDA, as most know it — has purchased a 16-unit building on the corner of 17th and Mission streets for $7.75 million. A majority of the 11 residential and five commercial spaces are currently occupied by longtime, low-income tenants.  “By taking market-rate buildings off the private market, we can keep them affordable over...

Meet the woman turning a nonprofit into a developer of affordable housing

In her four years working in the real estate arm of the Mission Economic Development Agency, Karoleen Feng has played a key role in turning the program from an idealistic aspiration into a major player in the neighborhood’s housing scene. A year or two ago, Feng said, the nonprofit didn’t much impress the local development community. “I was talking to...

Developments in Development: More and less

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. There’s 880,000 of us now living in this city. And record numbers of us have jobs — unemployment is 2.3 percent, the lowest it’s ever been. But about those jobs. The Council of Community Housing Housing Organizations recently presented an estimate to the Planning...

Parcel 36: the lot San Francisco’s county, city and tax collector forgot

Parcel 36 is a vacant lot occupied by a colony of feral cats, redolent with the scent of wild fennel and other, less pleasing odors. Two distinctive buildings stand on either side of the 22nd Street entrance: The wedge-shaped Western Plywood building and the Atlas Stair Company, a quaintly turreted building that wouldn’t look out of place in Disneyland. Just...

Developments in Development: Drops in the bucket

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. We’re building a fair amount, but Socketsite reports we’re going to be building less. Apparently, the total number of units in the pipeline has dropped to 63,300, about 400 fewer than its peak in 2016. Interestingly, Socketsite’s map points out something that activists who oppose...

Developer facing appeal says he’ll “shut down forever” activist “racket”

Activists intend to file an environmental appeal on a project that would build 75 units of housing at 2918 Mission St., and that plan has the developer ready to do battle. “Please consider this email to be the equivalent to a fencer’s salute before beginning a duel,” wrote Robert Tillman, the property owner and developer of 2918 Mission. “We intend...

Ronen wants answers on mental health beds and 16th Street BART station

Mission Local checked in this week with Hillary Ronen about her first year on the job as District 9 Supervisor and some of the changes in the neighborhood. Ronen talked about her goals for building 5,000 affordable units of housing in the Mission over the next 10 years, her priorities for public safety, and the complicated needs evident at the...