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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 »

Unpermitted Live/Work Warehouse on the Market in the Mission

Unpermitted Live/Work Warehouse on the Market in the Mission

While not currently permitted for either office or residential use, the Mission District warehouse building at 3075 21st Street has been carved up into a warren of “offices,” at least one of which is still outfitted with a bed, along with a couple of unwarranted kitchens and baths. And... 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 »

Embattled Dolores Park Hive Back on the Market for $6.8 Million

Embattled Dolores Park Hive Back on the Market for $6.8 Million

Purchased by the Hive Communities LLC for $6.495 million in April of last year, an ongoing battle with a number of neighbors and San Francisco’s Planning Department over the apparent commercial use of the 5,493-square-foot condo at 651 Dolores Street, one of four condos within the converted Second Church... Read More »

Agent Accused of Affordable Housing Fraud

Agent Accused of Affordable Housing Fraud

Back in 2008, a local real estate agent purchased a below market rate (BMR) one-bedroom condo on the eighth floor of the newly built SoMa Grand for $221,698. As part of the purchase agreement for the affordable unit, the agent signed an affidavit affirming that he would occupy unit... Read More »

S.F. Sues Owner and Operator of Dungeon-Like Death Trap

S.F. Sues Owner and Operator of Dungeon-Like Death Trap

A warren of 20 illegally constructed rental units were discovered in the basement of the Clean Wash Center building at 4680-4690 Mission Street, on the border of Mission Terrace and the Excelsior, earlier this year. Built in the building’s former garage and constructed of wood-framed partitions – with two... Read More »

Coworking Space Could Be Shut Down, Others at Risk

Coworking Space Could Be Shut Down, Others at Risk

Five years ago, the owners 414 Brannan Street sought permission to change the permitted use of the industrial building, which had once been home to an electrical contractor, to general office space. Informed by the City that the ongoing use of the building as office space for a contractor... Read More »

San Francisco Files Suit Against Affordable Housing Scofflaws

San Francisco Files Suit Against Affordable Housing Scofflaws

Catherine Bailey bought a below market rate (BMR) condominium at 888 7th Street for $270,500 back in 2008. And at the time of her purchase, Bailey signed an affidavit acknowledging that she could not rent the unit “in part or whole without written approval from the Mayor’s Office of... Read More »

Playing the Illegal Housing Card for a Holdout in Central SoMa

Playing the Illegal Housing Card for a Holdout in Central SoMa

Responding to a complaint about the illegal addition of a residential unit above the Central City Glass shop at 759 Harrison Street back in 2003, a city inspector met with the owner of the four-story building who stated that the unit had “been in place for 20-25 years” despite... Read More »