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City Now Seeking Developers for Controversial McDonald’s Site

City Now Seeking Developers for Controversial McDonald’s Site

Purchased by the City for $15.9 million early last year, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development has just issued a formal Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to redevelop the shuttered McDonald’s site at the corner of Stanyan and Haight, a nearly 38,000-square-foot parcel across from Golden Gate Park... Read More »

Density Bonus Battle Lines Are Being Drawn

Density Bonus Battle Lines Are Being Drawn

As we first reported earlier this year: While plans for an eight-story hotel to rise up to 85 feet in height upon the eastern three-quarters of the Central SoMa Shell Station site on the southwest corner of Fifth and Folsom were in the works, those plans appear to have... Read More »

The Grand Plan for Oakland’s Downtown

The Grand Plan for Oakland’s Downtown

Having released a “preliminary draft” of its comprehensive plan to transform Downtown Oakland earlier this year, Oakland’s Planning Department will present its official Draft of the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan (DOSP) to the City’s Planning Commission this evening and solicit comments from the Commissioners and public. If adopted, the... Read More »

Embattled Navigation Center on Track for a December Opening

Embattled Navigation Center on Track for a December Opening

Having survived an appeal and dodged a requested restraining order and stay, construction on the hotly contested plans for a temporary Navigation Center to pop-up on the Port’s parking lot parcel known as Seawall Lot 330, adjacent to the Watermark and across from Piers 30-32, commenced in July and... Read More »

City Seeking Another Interim Use for an Affordable Housing Site

City Seeking Another Interim Use for an Affordable Housing Site

As with the fenced corner parcel at 7th and Brannan, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development is now seeking proposals for a self-sustaining “interim use” of the underdeveloped 8,777-square-foot parcel at 967 Mission Street, between 6th and Mary, down in SoMa. It was back in 2015 that... Read More »

Supersized West Oakland Project Redesigned, Slated for Approval

Supersized West Oakland Project Redesigned, Slated for Approval

Facing continued pushback from Oakland’s Planning Department with respect to the “monotonous and bulky massing,” the lack of a “rich public-private interface” and a lackluster tower design for the proposed 1,032-unit “Hub” development to rise upon the 3-acre Caltrans lot across from The Crucible, a block from the West Oakland BART... Read More »

Planning Pushing for a Higher-Rise in the Excelsior

Planning Pushing for a Higher-Rise in the Excelsior

Speaking of the processing of Preliminary Project Assessments (PPAs) for newly proposed developments in San Francisco, Planning has completed its preliminary review of the proposed seven-story building to rise upon the site of the shuttered Club Tapatio building at 4742 Mission Street in the Excelsior. As we first reported... Read More »

San Francisco’s Streamlined Approval Process

San Francisco’s Streamlined Approval Process

In general, it now takes between a year and three for a newly proposed multi-unit development in San Francisco to be preliminarily assessed, processed, analyzed, reviewed and readied for a potential approval hearing in front of San Francisco’s Planning Commission, a workflow which San Francisco’s Planning Department has been... Read More »

From a Modern to Contemporary to Compatible Addition Downtown

From a Modern to Contemporary to Compatible Addition Downtown

The plans for a residential addition to top the little two-story Financial District building at 220 Battery Street have once again been redesigned. Originally envisioned to yield two urban townhomes with a decidedly modern feel, as rendered above, the proposed three-story addition was redesigned by Winder Gibson Architects back... Read More »

Game On

Game On

Purchased for $1,192,999 in January of 2016, plans to redevelop the “charming” one-bedroom, one-bath home at 264 Grand View Avenue, on the northwestern edge of Noe Valley, were soon in the works. At the end of last year, a permit to “renovate” the home’s existing main floor and basement... Read More »