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Now You See It…

Now You See It…

When some surreptitiously installed scaffolding and shrink wrap was removed from over the third floor deck which faces the street at 60 Rico Way in the Marina, at least one neighbor noticed a difference in the building’s façade and profile. When contacted by the City, which appears to have... Read More »

Damn Those Meddling Neighbors and Their Pesky Complaints

Damn Those Meddling Neighbors and Their Pesky Complaints

Purchased by a trust tied to a mid-sized developer for $2.555 million this past July, a permit for some relatively minor foundation work, along with the addition of a new structural beam and piers, to the single-family home at 146 23rd Avenue was issued a few weeks ago. An... Read More »

The Penthouse Fun Police Were Called

The Penthouse Fun Police Were Called

Purchased for $1.9 million in 2008 and listed for $3.25 million last year, but withdrawn from the market without a reported sale, the corner penthouse unit #804 atop 74 New Montgomery Street, “a unique residence in one the most exclusive neighborhoods downtown,” is outfitted with two private outdoor spaces,... Read More »

Out of the DUM Frying Pan and Into the Fire

Out of the DUM Frying Pan and Into the Fire

Marketed as a single-family home, with a central internal staircase connecting the two units of the redeveloped Dolores Heights duplex at 3790-3792 21st Street, a connection which would have constituted an unpermitted merger of the units, a site visit by a senior member of the City’s Planning Department revealed... Read More »

Rebuilt, Reduced, In Contract and Under Investigation

Rebuilt, Reduced, In Contract and Under Investigation

Purchased as an older two-story, two-unit building for $1.3 million in September of 2014, permits to remodel and expand the Dolores Heights duplex at 3790-3792 21st Street were approved in 2016, issued in 2017, and the structure was then taken down to its framing (and then enclosed). Having passed... Read More »

A DUM Remodeling “Mistake” That Could Be Rather Costly

A DUM Remodeling “Mistake” That Could Be Rather Costly

Purchased as a vacant two-unit building for $690,000 in September of 2001, a permit to remodel the kitchen on the main/second floor of the rather lovely Victorian at 1016 Pierce Street was requested and approved in 2010. A bathroom remodel was permitted in 2011. And in 2014, an over... Read More »

The City’s Assessment of DBI’s Integrity and Required Reforms

The City’s Assessment of DBI’s Integrity and Required Reforms

Having completed a “Public Integrity Review” of the Department of Building Inspection’s (DBI’s) permitting and inspection processes, driven by a need to root out departmental fraud and a history of inappropriate activities, the Controller’s Office of San Francisco has identified the following weaknesses in the DBI’s systems, processes and... Read More »

Approved But Not Permitted and a Couple of Familiar Names

Approved But Not Permitted and a Couple of Familiar Names

Plans to add a new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to the four-unit Noe Valley building at 1475 Church Street were drawn and approved back in mid-2018. And the completed work was then inspected and approved by a Department of Building Inspection (DBI) inspector in March of 2019. Following the... Read More »

Presidio Heights Remodel Raises a Few Red Flags

Presidio Heights Remodel Raises a Few Red Flags

Purchased as a “grand and totally vacant” 2-unit building, “with ample opportunity for expansion and renovation in a prime Presidio Heights location,” for $3.95 million in October of 2019, a permit for an “in kind only” and non-structural renovation of the 4,165-square-foot Victorian at 3665 Clay Street was approved... Read More »

Permitting Scofflaws Take Note

As proposed by Supervisor Ronen, individuals, agents and entities that have a history of circumventing and abusing the City’s permitting process – such as working without a permit; misrepresenting the existing conditions of a property in order to facilitate the approval of a permit; or working beyond the scope... Read More »