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Plans for Condos Atop Iconic Union Square Building Progress

Plans for Condos Atop Iconic Union Square Building Progress

As we first revealed earlier this year, plans to redevelop the iconic I. Magnin/Macy’s Building on the southwest corner of Geary and Stockton, across from Union Square, were in the works, plans which included the addition of 21 residential condos atop the building; the conversion of the building’s middle... Read More »

Squatter/Denser Plans for Lower Potrero Hill Site

Squatter/Denser Plans for Lower Potrero Hill Site

Plans to level the low slung commercial complex at 300 De Haro and develop a 13-story building at the corner of 16th Street appear to have been abandoned.  But a squatter set of plans for the odd shaped Lower Potrero Hill site have been drawn. While the 13-story structure was... Read More »

Plans to Raze $16 Million Sea Cliff Home and Build Anew

Plans to Raze $16 Million Sea Cliff Home and Build Anew

Quietly acquired for $16 million in August of last year, plans to raze the 11,351-square-foot, three-story Mid-Century home at 4 Sea Cliff Avenue – which was built in 1956, expanded in 1998, upgraded in 2016 and occupies a 26,432-square-foot parcel overlooking Baker Beach, the Golden Gate and its Bridge... Read More »

Impact of Modern Infill Development Challenged

Impact of Modern Infill Development Challenged

The “necessary, desirable, and compatible” plans for a decidedly modern infill development of four little single-family dwellings to rise up to 20 feet in height on the undeveloped “flag lot” at 1846 Grove Street – a parcel which is effectively bounded by the back yards of the homes fronting... Read More »

Modified Plans for Condoless Hotel Tower Closer to Reality

Modified Plans for Condoless Hotel Tower Closer to Reality

While plans for a luxury hotel and condo tower designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Mark Cavagnero Associates were previously approved and permitted to rise up to 405-feet in height at 555 Howard Street, the 69 condos which were to top the development have since been eliminated from... Read More »

Creative Plans for Building(s) up in Central SoMa

Creative Plans for Building(s) up in Central SoMa

Plans to raze the through-block building at 470-474 Bryant Street, along with the adjacent, but much smaller, modern-looking building at 482 Bryant, are in the works. And as proposed by Aralon Properties, the property lines for the two parcels would then be redrawn to allow for two slightly offset,... Read More »

Planning Seeks More Density for Hillside Site in the Heights

Planning Seeks More Density for Hillside Site in the Heights

As we first outlined earlier this year, plans for a 24-unit, market-rate development to rise along Diamond Street, between the intersection of Diamond Heights Boulevard and 29th Street, overlooking Noe Valley, have been drawn. And as drafted by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) for the Emerald Fund, the development as... Read More »

Up and Down for a Signature Unit in the Mission

Up and Down for a Signature Unit in the Mission

Designed by Kennerly Architecture and built in 2004, the signature end unit of the three-unit building at 201-207 Guerrero Street, unit #203, features an open main floor with a double height living room and corner windows; a total of three bedrooms and three baths; an office mezzanine; a private... Read More »

UCSF’s Ambitious Plan to Expand Its Parnassus Heights Campus

UCSF’s Ambitious Plan to Expand Its Parnassus Heights Campus

The growth and expansion of UCSF’s 107-acre Parnassus Heights Campus, which includes the 61-acre Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve, was limited to a total of 3.55 million square feet of developed, non-residential space back in 1976, a limit which it has slightly exceeded by around 150,000 square feet. But... Read More »

Issues but No Red Flags for Garden Center Redevelopment

Issues but No Red Flags for Garden Center Redevelopment

San Francisco’s Planning Department has just completed their preliminary review of the proposed 8-story, 213-unit development to rise up to 85 feet in height upon the landmark Sloat Garden Center site at 2700 Sloat Boulevard and didn’t raise any red flags. And in fact, as “it is the Department’s... Read More »