Architects have revealed their vision for a shuttered, 110-year-old train depot near the Balboa Park BART station — and now they are trying to convince the state a revival is worth the investment.
The Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse at San Jose and Geneva avenues has been vacant since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and barely escaped demolition. But a nonprofit that took over the building from The City revealed Thursday detailed schematics that are key to securing money to move a renovation project forward. Read More
Whether it’s due to anti-corporatism, parking fears or simply taste, big-box retailers are not welcomed with open arms in San Francisco. In fact, neighbors commonly band together to shout them down and drum them out.
And then there’s Target, which might have found just the right formula to blend in: a tighter, more urban-friendly store with clothes and basic groceries, but no lawn furniture. Read More
The 49ers may wrap up their decade-old tiff with The City over poor conditions at the run-down Candlestick Park with a settlement proposed by former Mayor Gavin Newsom just before he left office.
The agreement could satisfy both team officials — because it allows them to leave Candlestick earlier than under the current lease agreement — and The City — because it would prevent the 49ers from pursuing a $60 million claim for repairs. Read More
The owners of the iconic Fairmont Hotel might receive an extension on a controversial plan to replace 23 stories of hotel rooms atop Nob Hill with luxury condominiums.
Mayor Ed Lee is asking the Board of Supervisors to extend a deadline that already passed in November, allowing the owners of the Fairmont Hotel — current home of the famed Tonga Room Tiki bar — more time to get approval from the Planning Commission. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, whose district includes the Fairmont, has resisted introducing the legislation himself because of union concerns. Read More
Plans to demolish and rebuild the city’s 49-year-old Safeway store have been put on hold after City Councilwoman Gina Papan appealed the Planning Commission’s unanimous approval and privately urged the company to hire local union workers. Papan told The San Francisco Examiner she appealed the Planning Commission’s Feb. 7 decision because she wanted the City Council to have a chance to review the final project. Otherwise, Safeway would not have needed the council’s approval. Read More
A growing group of Peninsula cities are joining together in an effort to gain greater influence over plans for the San Francisco-to-San Jose section of the statewide bullet train system. Staff and elected officials from at least seven cities met last week in the latest effort to discuss their shared concerns surrounding the high-speed rail project.Supporters of the group hope to create a more unified voice for San Mateo County cities about their concerns, despite their differing views on the project and how it should be built. Read More
Just four weeks after Petco filed a permit to open in the Richmond district, an outright ban that would block the pet-supply chain store was proposed Tuesday.
The chain store’s effort has turned into the latest heated land-use battle in San Francisco, whose residents have earned a reputation for putting up fierce fights against big-name chains, including Starbucks and American Apparel.
Despite outspoken opposition, Petco applied for a permit Feb. 15 to open up a location at 5411 Geary St. near 18th Avenue, formerly a Walgreens site. Read More
An aging Peninsula water main running down sections of El Camino Real and Crystal Springs Road will get a $32.5 million upgrade starting later this month. The 19-mile Crystal Springs Pipeline No. 2 is set to undergo major seismic upgrades and repairs with construction possibly lasting through January 2013, said Susan Hou, the project’s manager with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Read More
San Francisco’s Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Public Library received two Project of the Year awards in a ceremony on Thursday.The awards were given by the Northern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association for the recent renovations of the Bernal Heights Branch and the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch libraries.Both facilities won under the category of Historic Restoration/Preservation and the two will now be considered for national awards, according to the Department of Public Works. Read More
Under a proposal being recommended by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, residential homebuilders could be slapped with new fees that opponents say would discourage development in The City.
The SFMTA is considering imposing Transit Impact Development Fees — a revenue-generating program that is currently only applied to commercial projects — on residential builders. Read More