Having secured a permit to simply conduct an “exploratory demo to determine sheetrock and termite damage,” the new owner of the Bernal Heights home at 310 Moncalm Street, which was purchased for $925,000 in November of 2015, began a full remodel and expansion of the property.
Flagged by neighbors for having slightly exceeded the scope of the approved “exploratory” building permit, the owner subsequently requested a permit to move walls, remodel the home’s kitchen and baths, add new bedrooms and baths, and construct new “dormers” atop the existing home, an over the counter permit which was approved in April of 2016.
Subsequently flagged for exceeding the scope of the expanded permit, which didn’t permit major exterior alterations or a vertical expansion, a site visit by Planning last year confirmed that the new dormers were “larger than originally proposed and there is [a] new massing that is not clearly depicted in the approved set of plans at the roof level,” after which all permits were suspended, a Notice of Violation was issued and a penalty “totaling $10,000 plus staff time and materials” was assessed (but not collected).
Tomorrow San Francisco’s Planning Commission could approve a re-start of the project, which would require the removal of an unpermitted rear addition, a reduction of the illegally constructed dormers and a restoration of the home’s primary façade.
And yes, this is one of the seven homes identified in the City’s action against Ashok Gujral, a local real estate developer and investor accused of routinely engaging in under-permitted construction on residential properties throughout San Francisco.