Tag Archives: housing

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,...

Developers of Low-Income Senior Housing Aim for Efficiency

Nonprofit organizations collaboratively planning a building for formerly homeless seniors at 24th and Harrison streets have increased the number of units that could fit in the building to between 45 and 52. Now, they have to balance efficiency with neighbors’ preferences for height and design. To that end, the architects have adjusted their plans since their last report to the...

Developments in Development: Time Lapse

A good chunk of the discussion about housing affordability comes down to how long a tenant has been in a building constructed before 1979  – 30 days to secure tenants rights and the longer you’ve been in one place, the cheaper your rent is likely to be. But there is also the market. For a long while I’ve been under...

State Pols Move to Protect Immigrant Tenants from Deportation Threats

State Assemblymember David Chiu and several colleagues have put forward legislation that would bar landlords from using a tenant’s immigration status to intimidate them into leaving. He and other state and local lawmakers and community leaders announced the proposal San Francisco’s Mission District, at the Mission Neighborhood Community Centers building on Capp Street. Co-authored by State Senator Scott Wiener and...

Housing, Legal Groups Outline Immigrant Rights When Facing ICE

Mission Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit housing developer, has put its building managers on notice that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are not welcome on Mission Housing property. Moreover, the agency, which operates some 35 buildings housing 3000 tenants, has started a series of workshops to help undocumented immigrants know their rights. One of the precautions is to prohibit building...

Listen Local: Building Affordable Housing

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We record live on a biweekly webcast at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. In this week’s episode, we chatted with Mission Housing Development Corporation director Sam Moss to talk about what it takes to build and maintain affordable housing and what obstacles come up – like the opposition that has...