Articles Recently Tagged: Demolition

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Legislation to Restrict Demolition of Unaffordable Homes in SF

Intended as a means by which to preserve “relatively affordable, existing housing” in San Francisco, Section 317 of San Francisco’s Planning Code was adopted back in 2008 and requires the specific approval of a Conditional Use (CU) authorization for the demolition or merger of any existing housing which is... Read More »

Bernal Heights Home Goes Missing on Gates

Bernal Heights Home Goes Missing on Gates

The one-bedroom Bernal Heights home at 121 Gates Street was seriously damaged by a fire back in 2016, after which its entry was fenced and secured from those attempting to trespass. Nine months ago near the end of 2017, the property traded hands for $700,000. This past June, plans... Read More »

“Whoops”

“Whoops”

Purchased as an “Awesome Victorian Fixer with Spectacular Downtown Views” for $1.45 million in March of 2017, a permit to remove some decayed siding and a rotted door from the Eureka Valley home at 4547 20th Street, but not to address the home’s known foundational issues, was secured by... Read More »

Fraudulent Plans, Fines and Penalties in San Francisco

Fraudulent Plans, Fines and Penalties in San Francisco

A special meeting between San Francisco’s Planning and Building Inspection Commissions is being convened this week. The topics of discussion: How demolitions in San Francisco are defined; the rise of fraudulent building plans designed to skirt San Francisco’s Planning Code and/or the Planning Department’s approval process; and the potential... Read More »

The Story Behind This Freestanding Façade Part Two

The Story Behind This Freestanding Façade Part Two

Having been approved and permitted for a remodel and expansion, the 2,700-square-foot Noe Valley home at 655 Alvarado Street was effectively demolished behind the remnants of its original facade, as we first detailed last year and newly pictured below. And while having been hit with a number of violations following... Read More »

Never Mind, the Facade of Remodeling Will Remain

Never Mind, the Facade of Remodeling Will Remain

The proposed framework for eliminating San Francisco’s frequently gamed Tantamount to Demolition rule and instituting a new Residential Expansion Threshold will not be presented at the Bayview Hunters Point Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting this evening. And in fact, as of late yesterday, San Francisco’s Planning Department has formally suspended... Read More »

This Could End the Façade of Remodeling in SF, Streamline Demos

This Could End the Façade of Remodeling in SF, Streamline Demos

Attempts to game the real estate rules in San Francisco which govern the demolition and expansion of residential properties, by removing all but the façade or a few walls of an existing home and calling it a “remodel,” resulted in new legislation being adopted in 2007 that attempted to... Read More »

The Flippin Story behind Another Freestanding Facade

The Flippin Story behind Another Freestanding Facade

Purchased by the founder of the Flip video camera company (which was sold to Cisco for $590 million in 2009 and subsequently shuttered) for $1.2 million in August of 2002, plans to expand the “immaculate pano-view Noe Valley home with attractive Mediterranean façade” at 655 Alvarado Street were... Read More »

Modern Mansion Will Rise but Penthouse Could Get Cut

Modern Mansion Will Rise but Penthouse Could Get Cut

San Francisco’s Board of Appeals has upheld the approval of a permit to start demolishing the existing 3,835-square-foot home at 255 Sea Cliff Avenue in order to make way for a modern mansion to rise. But the fate of the mansion’s previously approved design remains in flux. While a... Read More »

Approved Plans for Modern Mansion Rankles its Neighbors

Approved Plans for Modern Mansion Rankles its Neighbors

Purchased as a meticulously maintained Sea Cliff home for $3.15 million in March of 2012, plans to raze the 3,835-square-foot house at 255 Sea Cliff Avenue soon emerged as did plans for a modern 6,100-square-foot home designed by Butler Armsden Architects to rise up to four stories in height... Read More »