Tag Archives: housing

Planners say flooding fears don’t hold water, approve affordable housing

In a rare specimen of lightning-speed bureaucracy, the Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously re-approved an entirely below market rate building planned for 17th and Folsom streets, dismissing a neighbor’s concerns over flooding in the area. “There couldn’t be any more win-win situation for all,” said Commissioner Kathrin Moore. The building, 2060-2070 Folsom Street, has been in the works for years...

Developments in development: awkward relief

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction new You know, in a time when San Francisco reportedly saw the biggest year-over-year rent drop in the country and we keep hearing about how rents are slowing down, I really wasn’t expecting to see this monstrosity. Having a shower and toilet directly adjacent to...

Art Appears on Site of Future Affordable Housing

If you do a double take when you pass the giant letters spelling out “Home Street Home” on Folsom Street, that’s exactly what artist Brian Singer, the man behind the piece, wants. “There’s a lot of homelessness [here]. Over time we’ve become desensitized to it,” Singer said. Singer is known for outdoor art with a message, from his billboard campaign calling...

Developments in Development: Right, Commodity, or Investment?

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. How should we treat housing? As a commodity like bread or gas? As an investment? As a human right? Writing about development and housing a good deal, my observation has been that these three attitudes toward housing seem to more or less distinguish three...

SF Planners Approve Plan to Curb Gentrification, Extend Interim Controls

San Francisco Planning Commissioners on Thursday approved a land use and policy plan designed to mitigate the effects of gentrification and displacement in the Mission District. The seven commissioners also agreed to a nine-month extension on 14-month-old restrictions that require some projects to undergo more stringent review. The policy plan, called the Mission Action Plan 2020, is the product of...

Oven Fire in SF Mission Quickly Contained

Firefighters quickly subdued an oven fire inside a building at 21st and Capp streets Wednesday evening, reporting it contained within nine minutes of their arrival. Nobody was injured in the fire, and nobody was displaced. The damage from the fire was minimal, a Fire Department spokesperson said. The fire had sent a plume of smoke into the air that could...

Developments in Development: The Bright Side

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. Sure, this place might be on fire more or less constantly, but at least we’re not up to our balconies in water like San Jose was this week! Yes, San Francisco now has the dubious honor of being named the fourth-most congested city in...

Development Delayed As SF Commission Wants Less Aggressive Design

A 12-unit building planned to replace an auto repair shop at 15th and Mission streets was sent back to the drawing board on Thursday after a unanimous Planning Commission vote to delay a decision on the project and recommend the developer make design changes. The vote came months after the Mission Economic Development Agency filed a request for a review...

Accelerator Fund Will Help Add Affordable Housing in SF

Five more apartments are about to be preserved as affordable housing by a Mission District nonprofit – and now the city is rolling out an innovative loan program to help nonprofits acquire 1,500 more units in the coming five years. When the building went on the market, “Everything seemed really bleak and scary,” said Emily Kurland, a teacher who lives in the...

Mission and Tenderloin Orgs Will Build Affordable Portion of Bryant St. Project

After years of opposition from neighborhood groups, a major project at 2000 Bryant Street was green-lit September 2016 after providing a portion of its land to the city to build affordable housing. Two agencies have now been awarded the contract to develop that affordable housing: The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC). “It’s really...

SF Planning Rules Swirl with Sewage to Clog Affordable Housing Pipeline

All it takes to delay an affordable housing project in San Francisco is $578 and filling out a simple form. Take the case of the affordable housing project at 2060-2070 Folsom Street, where one neighbor’s list of complaints – including one about sewage and flooding – could stall the project for as long as six months. Margaret Eve-Lynne Miyasaki, a...

Beer Drinkers Retain Sun, Developers Told to Drop Building Height

Developers must take five feet off the height of a building planned for the corner of Valencia and Duboce streets and change the appearance of a rooftop parapet to accommodate concerns from Zeitgeist, a popular bar across the street, that the shadow cast by the building would impact business. The San Francisco Planning Commission mandated the changes in a 6-1 vote...

Debate on Senior Housing Gets Personal, Project Prevails in Appeal

San Francisco Supervisors sent a planned nine-story affordable senior housing project onward toward construction, unanimously rejecting an appeal of its prior approval. The appeal, represented at Tuesday’s hearing by Shotwell Street resident Craig Weber through the Inner Mission Neighborhood Association, raised concerns about adding 94 units of housing without additional parking, about failing to promote mixed-income housing and about crime increases...

Code, Costs and Opposition Make for Repetitive Architecture

Why does everything new getting built in the Mission look like it’s made of earth-tone Legos? Planning codes, costs, and opposition, suggest a few of those in the architecture know.   Planning regulations prevent egregiously out of place structures like 20-story round towers from being plopped into the Mission, says San Francisco Chronicle architecture critic John King. But developers interested...

Developments in Development: 16th Place

Developments in Development is a weekly column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. For all the hubbub about how everyone wants to live here and the influx of newcomers, San Francisco got a pretty underwhelming ranking in the US News & World Report’s ranking of cities. As Curbed reports, San Francisco’s high crime rates, lower scoring schools,...