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Street tent count drops dramatically, and other updates from District 9 Supervisor

As San Francisco struggles to find ways to shelter people living on the streets, District 9 supervisor Hillary Ronen recently alluded to a significant reduction in visible encampments on Mission District sidewalks — from 200 tents and structures to 50. One of Ronen’s aides spends about 75 percent of her time working on homelessness. Mission Local got some updates on...

Developments in Development: Poverty and millionaires

When apartment rents are so high, it can be easy to get jaded about the cost of an apartment. I don’t even blink anymore that a studio could cost $2,000 a month. But the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board, citing a study by the Public Policy Institute at Stanford University, has found a new way to frame this cost burden...

Design tweaked, housing clears hurdle to replace auto repair shop

Plans to turn an auto repair shop on 15th and Mission streets into 11 units of housing over a ground floor commercial space will go forward after a unanimous vote by the Planning Commission. The project at 1900 Mission St. came to the Planning Commission as a result of the city’s discretionary review process, in which opponents of a project...

Another appeal, another deal — but activists are frustrated

Another project has gotten the go-ahead following mediation between developer and activists by Supervisor Hillary Ronen and her staff. The project, 1726 Mission Street, plans to turn a former sausage factory near Duboce Avenue  into 40 units of housing with a commercial ground floor. The activist group Our Mission No Eviction then appealed the project’s approval, putting it up for...

Developments in Development: By decree

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. This week in housing and development news: Wham! A legislative ton of bricks. Both state and local legislators seem to have decided now is the time to throw themselves wholly into the housing fray, issuing significant directives. Hoodline has a pretty succinct and solid...

Developments in Development: Earth-shaking

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. With Mexico City still reeling — though working valiantly to recover — from the Sept. 19 earthquake, there’s been no shortage of local what-iffery. And I’m going to join in, because now is as good a time as any to grapple with the unpleasant...

Developer’s “I am not a Monster” ad blitz makes few friends 

Maximus Real Estate has poured $363K and counting into a “grassroots” effort to push the so-called “Monster in the Mission” proposal. San Francisco is a city in which a man in a three-piece suit can often induce more of a double-take than a bearded dude wearing a sarong and beating a conga drum — but, by any standard, the ads...

No-brainer SF housing project delayed; welcome to SF housing

A laundromat and parking lot one block away from a major transit hub probably seems, to many, like an absolute no-brainer location for building a big chunk of housing. Nothing is ever so simple. “I know that the folks in the Mission want to say, ‘we’re special, you gotta reject this project because we’re special.’ But the truth is, this...

Building for nonprofits green-lit after supervisor brokers deal

Supervisor Hillary Ronen has once again saved a project from the limbo of delays. A developer’s plan to build space for some 10 nonprofits to operate will go forward, following swift approval Tuesday by the full Board of Supervisors. The project, at 1850 Bryant St., hit a snag when when homeowners in the neighboring building filed an appeal of the...

Developments in Development: Greener pastures

I guess it’s that time of year again — when various polls come out revealing how sick people are of the housing crisis, and respondents bluster about how we’re all going to just up and leave this horrible place. This time, it’s the city Controller’s Office that looked at move-out plans. Thirty-one percent of residents reached by the Controller indicated...

Former Cole Hardware space forges ahead toward condos and commercial

A handful of neighbors gathered in front of the pit at 3310 Mission St., formerly home to Cole Hardware, on Wednesday evening to hear plans for a four-story building with eight condos, commercial space and a basement with parking and storage. Cole Hardware may yet return to the space, as business owner Rick Karp said in June, but nothing is...
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Housing on 19th and South Van Ness inches closer to construction

The future of an abandoned former gas station at 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue seems to be getting clearer, as a proposal for 69 units of rental housing — 10 of them below-market-rate — moves through the permitting process. A hearing before the Planning Commission is expected later this year. A Shell gas station at the site shut...

Developments in Development: Building boom?

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. Well, what do you know? It seems the federal government, too, has caught wind of the fact that the country has a problem with housing affordability. Interestingly, in its look at “worst-case needs” renters (those who make less than half of their region’s median...

Business social for new development met with protest

Business owners who arrived at the Mission Language and Vocational School Thursday evening to attend a social event organized by the developer of 1979 Mission St. were met by a group of about 30 chanting protesters who reiterated demands that the site be dedicated to affordable housing. “No more monster in the Mission,” sang the protesters from the Plaza 16...

Affordable housing on Florida Street keenly anticipated

For the crowd of around 100 people who filled the auditorium of the Mission Language and Vocational School Wednesday night to hear the plans for an 130-unit affordable housing building, it couldn’t arrive fast enough. This kind of community input meeting, where developers pitch their proposed building, usually draws small groups of immediate neighbors who critique the height of the...