Nonprofit institutions and other local organizations will be able to use the new conference center at the renovated Lake Merced Boathouse, but it will come at a cost.
Part of a $2 million rehabilitation project set to begin at the end of this month, the conference center will have room to host 85 people for meetings and 50 people for catered events. Once the site is reopened this fall, the Recreation and Park Department, which owns the property, wants to begin renting out the conference room. Read More
A multiunit condo development in Hayes Valley broke ground earlier this month, adding another element to the Market and Octavia Area Plan that’s aimed at making the neighborhood more inviting.
The 8 Octavia Blvd. development is expected to have 47 housing units — including one- to three-bedroom condos and one- and two-bedroom townhouses — along with ground-level retail and residential parking, according to developers. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee announced Monday that San Francisco is making $12 million in affordable loans available to small businesses through the creation of the Emerging Business Loan Fund.
“The Emerging Business Loan Fund will allow entrepreneurs and small businesses to secure the capital they need to innovate, grow their business and succeed,” Lee said in a statement. Read More
The U.S. Department of Justice is moving to seize a Mission district building that houses a city-licensed medical marijuana dispensary — the first time such an action has been taken in San Francisco.
Melinda Haag, the U.S. attorney for Northern California, filed a forfeiture proceeding May 6 against 2441 Mission St., a commercial building between 20th and 21st streets where Shambhala Healing Center has operated on and off since early 2011. Read More
Waste bin, recycling bin or compost bin? Elliot Easom never paid close attention to which piece of trash belonged in which bin — black, blue or green — until he became aware of an incentive being offered to his neighborhood. Read More
San Francisco’s sidewalks are receiving an upgrade that is removing concrete and replacing it with community gardens.
The program, run by Friends of the Urban Forest in partnership with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, will help remove “excess” concrete and improve drainage during storms, as well as beautify neighborhoods. Read More
Nestled a block off Market Street, near City Hall and across from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, is a nondescript parking lot that will soon house one of the newest residential towers in a burgeoning neighborhood.
A project to add 162 rental units to the area garnered key approvals Thursday from the Planning Commission.The plan calls for a 13-story building at the intersection of Polk and Hayes streets that will include a mix of studios and one- and two-bedroom units, according to planning documents. Read More
The adults have had their say, and sometime soon the children will at long last play.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s controversial plan to overhaul the Beach Chalet soccer fields at the western edge of Golden Gate Park appeared to clear its final hurdle Thursday when the field replacement project — which was approved by the Board of Supervisors nearly a year ago — received unanimous approval from the California Coastal Commission. Read More
The operators of the America’s Cup Pavilion made a voluntary agreement with nearby neighbors that if they were given permission to host 30 concerts there this summer, they would not apply to host shows at a similar venue around Piers 27-29 for 10 years.
Live Nation, the operator of the outdoor music venue, was not required to impose such a restriction, but felt it was the proper thing to do after speaking with neighbors. Read More
Opponents of the 8 Washington St. luxury condo development are casting a shadow on the project by zeroing in on its precarious proximity to a city sewage line carrying 20 million gallons of human waste a day.
With about six months before voters will be asked to reject the development, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu — an opponent of the project, which is in his district — warned Thursday of a scenario in which millions of gallons of sewage spill out onto waterfront streets as a result of construction or an earthquake. Read More