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Proposed Church Street Project Closer to Reality

Proposed Church Street Project Closer to Reality

To answer a reader’s question, while plans to raze the former Sparky’s and current Thorough Bread and Pastry building and build up to six stories in height upon the 240-250 Church Street site have yet to be approved, they are working their way through Planning. As recently rendered by... Read More »

Historic Auto Row Resource in Play, Zoned for 130 Feet in Height

Historic Auto Row Resource in Play, Zoned for 130 Feet in Height

Designed by the O’Brien Brothers and built to serve as a public garage back in 1925, the three-level building on the northwest corner of Franklin and Pine was recently identified as “one of the best examples of a public garage in area, due to... Read More »

Trophy Penthouse Now Listed for 40 Percent Less

Trophy Penthouse Now Listed for 40 Percent Less

The signature penthouse unit atop the historic Clock Tower Lofts Building at 461 2nd Street hit the market in the second quarter of 2016 with a bit of fanfare and an $8.5 million price tag. Positioned as the “ultimate San Francisco trophy property,” the 3,000-square-foot unit is currently configured... Read More »

Holdout’s Days Appear to Be Numbered

Holdout’s Days Appear to Be Numbered

While the refined plans for the nearly blocked-sized Central SoMa development to rise up to 14-stories in height along Harrison Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets, were approved at the end of last year, as slated, said plans didn’t include the little mid-block parcel at 759 Harrison Street, upon... Read More »

Bonus-Sized Polk Street Project Slated for Approval

Bonus-Sized Polk Street Project Slated for Approval

As we first reported back in 2018: Plans to level the Out of The Closet thrift store complex on the southeast corner of Polk and California and develop a 7-story building with 63 condos over 8,000 square feet of new retail space and an underground garage for 41 cars... Read More »

Price Cut for Permitted Development Site on Valencia

Price Cut for Permitted Development Site on Valencia

As we outlined back in the fourth quarter of 2017: While forced to be redesigned in order to minimize its projected future shadow following a semi-successful challenge initiated by the owner of Zeitgeist across the street, the contentious plans for a five-story building with 28 condos over 6,300 square... Read More »

Big Central SoMa Project Positioning to Break Ground Next Year

Big Central SoMa Project Positioning to Break Ground Next Year

The proposed mass redevelopment of 12 contiguous Central SoMa parcels stretching from 400 Second Street to 665 Harrison, a.k.a. the One Vassar project, has just qualified for a streamlined environmental review and could break ground as early as next year if approved, with two towers rising up to 350... Read More »

Plans for Pyramid Adjacent Redevelopment Closer to Reality

Plans for Pyramid Adjacent Redevelopment Closer to Reality

While likely drafted to sweeten the pot for Aegon’s $700 million sale of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid, Redwood Park and the two other office buildings on the block, the plans for expanding the footprint of the existing building at 545 Sansome Street, which could be extended to Washington Street... Read More »

Former Armory on Ellis Slated to Be Auctioned

Former Armory on Ellis Slated to Be Auctioned

As we outlined in mid-2018: Built to serve as an armory for the National Guard around 1906, and on the market for $9.9 million in 2017, the asking price for the three-story parking garage at 819 Ellis Street is now down to an even $8 million. While since shuttered,... Read More »

Neighbors Challenge Plans for “Incompatible” Mansion

Neighbors Challenge Plans for “Incompatible” Mansion

As we first revealed back in November of 2017: Purchased as an oceanfront “fixer” for $11 million in April of 2015, plans to demolish the existing 4,600-square-foot home at 178 Sea Cliff Avenue are in the works.  And as envisioned, a modern 10,400-square-foot mansion, which includes a 2,000-square-foot basement... Read More »