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SF Mission’s ‘historic’ laundromat development delayed again over shadow study

The proposed eight-story housing development at 2918 Mission Street — the site now commonly known as the “historic laundromat” — failed to clear a key hurdle Thursday when members of the Planning Commission said the project’s potential shadows will have too large an effect on a neighboring preschool. “I look at the shadow study and […]

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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 […]

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Planning Commissioners green-light one SF housing proposal, hold off on another

The Planning Commission Thursday approved a 75-unit building at 2918 Mission St. near 25th Street, and held off on a decision about a 60-unit building planned for 2750 19th St., requesting that the owners clarify the proposed community benefits. The commisioners split 4-2 on the 75-unit Mission Street building, with even commissioners who voted to […]

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Community Meeting on New SF Mission Housing Turns Ugly

In a testy community meeting Wednesday night that saw homophobic remarks shouted across the room and frequent interruptions of speakers, a new 55-unit market-rate building planned for Mission and 25th Streets drew ire from a crowd that voiced a central theme: Build 100 percent affordable housing on the site. The meeting concerned a planned development […]

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‘Historic laundromat’: New owners want to be ‘good neighbors’ — but polarizing plans for site remain in place

The strange and terrible saga of the city’s “historic laundromat” at 2918 Mission St. came to an ostensible conclusion in April. That’s when, for $13.5 million, the property passed out of the hands of Robert Tillman — a man described by put-upon city officials as “not a developer” but “an ideologue doing a development” — […]

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How the developer of SF’s ‘historic’ laundromat quietly won

The 75-unit housing project proposed on the site of a “historic” laundromat at 2918 Mission St. was quietly approved last October — without appeals from its fierce opposition, and without any gloating from its outspoken and controversial developer, Robert Tillman. After this and other local publications reported heavily on the project, which had been juggled between […]

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Neighborhood notes: Siegel’s last day, ‘monster’ hearing, and the Women’s Building’s new resource clinic

“The other day,” says Michael Gardner, the proprietor of Siegel’s Clothing Superstore for the last 42 years, “a woman stopped in and bought 137 suits.” He pauses for a moment. “I believe she runs a store.” Come Saturday, he won’t. Siegel’s, a fixture on Mission between 19th and 20th for the past 91 years, will […]

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‘Historic laundromat’ owner files suit vs. San Francisco for delaying construction of 8-story tower

Making good on his frequent threats to sue the city if delayed or denied in his quest to transform a laundromat at 2918 Mission St. into an eight-story, 75-unit tower, landowner Robert Tillman today took San Francisco to court — in an abuse-of-discretion claim he described as “a $17 million lawsuit.” At issue was the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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75 units of housing approved for 19th and South Van Ness

Planning Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal Thursday evening for 75 units of housing and a commercial ground floor to replace a long-abandoned gas station at 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. The proposal for 793 South Van Ness Avenue uses the state’s density bonus program to exceed the city’s height limits for that lot, […]