March 6, 2014
Resolution To Develop Last Berry Street Block As Rental Units
A resolution to allow the development of Mission Bay "Block N4P3," the wedge shaped Berry Street parcel adjacent to Mission Walk, across the street from Edgewater, and the last undeveloped Berry Street parcel, has been introduced into legislation.
While originally slated for condos, the resolution would amend the Mission Bay north development agreement to allow a 129-unit rental project with a mix of market rate and below-market rate units for households with incomes up to 90 percent of the area median to be built on the site.
Brooklyn Basin Breaking Ground, Oakland Planning For Growth
With Signature's big Brooklyn Basin project slated to break ground next week, a 66-acre East Bay development which will yield over 3,000 new housing units and 30 acres of open space, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will outline her plans for attracting 10,000 new residents to the city as part of her State of the City address this evening.
While former Mayor Jerry Brown's original "10K" plan is credited for jump-starting the redevelopment of Oakland's Uptown and downtown, Mayor Quan's "10K Two" plan aims to cast a wider net, with plans for development "all over the city" and along transit corridors.
KRON-TV’s 1001 Van Ness Building On The Market
With KRON-TV planning to vacate its 107,000 square foot building at Van Ness and O'Farrell and sublet space from KGO, a move which is expected by the end of the year, KRON's parent company has placed 1001 Van Ness Avenue on the market.
In addition to marketing the four-story building as ideal for a "tech-office conversion" or medical office redevelopment, the property is also being positioned as an "opportunity to entitle and build over 200 units in one of the nation’s premier residential development markets," the conceptual renderings for which a plugged-in tipster delivers:
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March 5, 2014
The Massings For A Not So Massive SoMa Development, By Design
Rather than representing some ubermodern Sleeper-inspired design, the massings for the proposed SoMa development to rise on the corner of 9th and Howard are simply rendered to provide a sense of scale and context for the project.
With a prominent parcel that's only zoned for building up to 55 feet in height along 9th Street, the development would rise five stories on the corner, connected to a four-story building fronting Howard, separated by a mid-block pedestrian alley and onto which a retail space and residences would directly spill (click images to enlarge).
A core tenet of the City's Western SoMa Plan is to "discourage housing production that is not in scale with the existing neighborhood pattern" and restricts the vast majority of new buildings in the centrally located neighborhood to heights of under 55 feet.
As we first wrote about the proposed Western SoMa Plan back in 2012: "Considering San Francisco's struggle to meet its housing needs, and a discernible lack of density, it's a plan which seems rather short-sighted to some, perhaps even to many."
That being said, the Western SoMa Plan was subsequently approved by San Francisco's Board of Supervisors and San Francisco's "housing crisis" has since picked up steam.
A Peek Inside The $9.9M "Terra Rosa" Wine Country Compound
Designed to resemble an Italian hillside village, the 13,000 square foot "Terra Rosa" compound was built on seven acres overlooking the Petaluma Golf Club and finished with limestone floor pavers harvested from a French monastery while a modern Kevlar reinforced door keeps anyone and everything inside the wine cellar safe and secure.
While not listed on the MLS, the property is on the market for $9,900,000 and plugged-in people can take a peek inside and around the village:
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March 4, 2014
Rebuilding Of Bay Bridge Ramps To The Islands Ready To Roll
The rebuilding of the access ramps from the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge to Yerba Buena and Treasure Island is set to commence on Friday.
Phase one of the Yerba Buena Island I-80 Interchange Improvement Project will construct new westbound on and off ramps to the new eastern span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge (click renderings to enlarge).
Once the ramps are in place on the east side of Yerba Buena Island, which is slated for mid-2016, the existing ramps on the west side of the island will be retrofitted or replaced.
No update on the redevelopment of Treasure Island and plans for 240,000 square feet of new commercial space, 8,000 new residences, and over 300 acres of open space, the ground for which was to be broken this year but the financing for which fell through.
Six Story Folsom Street Development Rendered, Dubbed 99 Rausch
The Local Development Group has officially filed their application to raze the former Bay Lighting & Design building and adjacent parking lot on the northeast corner of Folsom and Rausch and construct a mixed-use development with 112 residential units, 5,600 square feet of ground floor retail, and 100 parking stalls on the West SoMa site.
While currently known as the 1140 Folsom Street project, the development which is being designed by BAR Architects will be dubbed 99 Rausch.
The design details and full Rausch Street facade by way of a plugged-in source:
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Two Designer Dogpatch Condos For Under $300K Apiece
Two of the new condos in the Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects designed Dogpatch building at 616 20th Street were designated as Below Market Rate (BMR) units and will be sold for $223,988 and $264,207.
Priced to be affordable to San Francisco households earning up to 90% of the area's median income, and available to households earning up to 100%, a single person making up to $67,950 or a couple making no more than $77,700 may qualify.
Both units are 770 square feet in size and one of the buyers will have the option of securing a deeded parking space in the building for an additional $30,000.
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Condo Conversion Of Prominent SoMa Corner Proposed
San Francisco's Planning Department authorized the theoretical conversion of the gas station parcel on northeast corner of Howard and 9th Street to "other uses" seventeen years ago, despite the lack of a proposed alternate use at the time.
Currently zoned for development up to 55 feet in height, a real proposal to raze the Chevron, Burger King and Starbucks on the corner parcel and construct of a mixed-use development with around 120 condo-mapped residential units and 13,000 square feet of commercial space on the site has been submitted to the Planning Department for review.
As part of the proposed project, a mid-block pedestrian alley connecting Howard and Natoma Streets would be constructed. And in terms of timing, keep in mind that Chevron's current lease runs for another five years.
March 3, 2014
A Closer Look At The Plans For A 6,000 Square Foot House
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