Nearly two decades in the making, a massive plan to redevelop Treasure Island was unanimously approved Tuesday amid concerns over traffic impacts and the loss of hundreds of below-market rate units.
With the vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, more than 8,000 residential units will be constructed on the man-made 550-acre island within 20 years, including a building as high as 450 feet. The project will also include 100,000 square feet of commercial space and 300 acres of park and open space. Read More
City College of San Francisco officials say they can’t afford the contract for design of a planned Chinatown and North Beach campus that has ballooned in cost after nearly a decade of planning and construction. Architects and college officials cite different reasons for the overruns. Although first signed eight years ago at a price tag of just $4.19 million, location changes, plan revisions, a college corruption case, alleged design snags and a multitude of delays have conspired to increase the contract’s cost to $14.7 million. Read More
UPDATE: Larry Ellison released a statement Thursday denying that he is purchasing the house next door.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was set to take his downhill neighbors to court next week over a view of San Francisco Bay and redwood trees, but the showdown reportedly was averted after the billionaire bought a house next door for $40 million. Read More
Keeping San Francisco from becoming a forest of skyscrapers once dominated conversations about development in The City. Opposition to such “Manhattanization” was a platform that environmentalists, neighborhood groups and outright foes of development used to block construction projects.But times have changed. Read More
The vision is ambitious: tear down a county office building and replace it with a more energy-efficient venue, replace another building with a park and turn a car-clogged loop of a road into a pedestrian haven.That is now the plan for the San Mateo County Center, endorsed Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. Read More
A low-profile mosque, tucked away in a family home on a suburban street in San Bruno, must make structural adjustments to accommodate its growing congregation, say city officials.Since it opened its doors in 2003, Al Madinah Academy at 714 4th Avenue has seen its congregation grow from seven to some 60 attendees for its midday prayer on Fridays, said the mosque’s president, Dean Moidin.“The community is growing day by day,” Moidin said. Read More
A desolate piece of waterfront property near AT&T Park would be developed into housing, retail, office space and parks, but it faces many challenges before becoming reality.
The Giants, who have exclusive development rights to the area, expect to have a final vision for Seawall Lot 337 on The City’s northeasternmost corner ready by September. That development plan will have to balance the developers’ own financial needs with the interests of residents in the fastest growing area of San Francisco. Read More
The Board of Supervisors is set to consider the massive redevelopment plan for the Parkmerced neighborhood Tuesday, following a two-month delay to consider whether the rights of displaced tenants will be protected during the multidecade project that seeks to demolish 1,500 homes.
Project developers Stellar Management and Fortress Investment Group have repeatedly promised to uphold the rent-control rights of current tenants and provide them with modern replacement units in advance of demolition. Read More
In a city famous for its chain-store battles, the national pet store chain Petco is threatening to sue over a proposed law that would prevent it from moving into the Richmond neighborhood.
With more than 100,000 households reportedly owning pets, San Francisco is a thriving market for pet supply stores. But the healthy marketplace has ignited a fight between independently owned pet supply stores and larger chains. Read More
In the ever-evolving environmental battle over Pacifica’s Sharp Park Golf Course, San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos recently requested to draft legislation that would close the sporting facility for the sake of two endangered species. Read More