The long-awaited and much-debated plan to change the shabby grass of the Beach Chalet soccer fields into artificial turf could be derailed by a state agency that oversees development along the coastline. Read More
A project that would transform an old grocery store in the Presidio into a cultural institution was narrowed down to three concepts, the Presidio Trust announced.
Filmmaker George Lucas, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Chora Group and WRNS Studio have been invited to submit full proposals to the trust by September.
The three were chosen out of a field of 16 concepts that would transform the site, currently occupied by retailer Sports Basement, into a more inviting space that would use its location to enhance the Presidio and educate. Read More
The wildly popular mini open spaces called parklets are coveted by many businesses, but one on Haight Street is slated for removal.
The parklet in front of Martin Macks gastro pub was installed in 2011, but legal disputes and a change in ownership have left the open space in disrepair. Neighbors want it gone, and that process for removal could begin as soon as next month.
"I was very wary of it even when it went in," said Ted Loewenberg, president of the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association. Read More
SANTA CLARA — A coalition of civil-rights groups has objected to the racial breakdown of companies working on the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, saying they have not found any minority-owned companies among the contractors and subcontractors that have been hired to work on the $1.2 billion stadium.
In a letter to the city of Santa Clara, the 49ers and the NFL, the groups said black-owned firms should have gotten more of the construction contracts because black players are behind the team’s success on the field, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Read More
The Alexandria Theater in the Richmond district has been closed for nearly a decade, but a plan that could revitalize the corner where it sits on Geary Boulevard is up for a key city vote today.
The Planning Commission is expected to consider a project that would revamp the theater, add commercial space and build new housing. The theater closed in 2004 after eight decades of operation, but has since fallen into disrepair. Read More
A condo conversion proposal headed closer to approval Monday after tenant advocates partnered with key members of the Board of Supervisors to counter an initial version whose author now opposes the legislation as amended.
Supervisor Mark Farrell first introduced legislation to allow tenancy-in-common owners to pay a fee to bypass the lottery that allows 200 condo conversions a year. Board President David Chiu amended the proposal last week with the backing of tenant advocates. Read More
Despite its deceptively low-key title, Muni Contract 1300 will cover construction of the vast majority of the agency’s Central Subway project, including three stations, the trackway and a train-control system.
It’s also about $100 million more expensive than originally anticipated.
That overrun will eat up about half of the contingency funds available for the project, which will extend the T-Third Street light-rail line 1.7 miles from South of Market to Chinatown. Read More
A weekly gathering place in Noe Valley could become a permanent fixture in the community as part of an open-space project.
For years, the Saturday farmers market on 24th Street has acted as an impromptu meeting spot for neighborhood residents. However, the site is a parking lot for the remaining six days, and there are no officially designated public spaces in the heart of Noe Valley. Read More
The battle for — and against — the Warriors’ proposed waterfront arena is heating up. So it wasn’t a surprise to see a group calling itself Warriors on the Waterfront throwing a noontime rally Tuesday outside City Hall.
Unless you’re a member of the group’s “steering committee.” Read More
A proposal to allow for more than 200 condo conversions each year took an unusual turn Monday as tenant advocates who have long battled the idea celebrated a plan supported by key members of the Board of Supervisors.
For years, condo-conversion proposals have collapsed amid political fighting, but the board is now closer than ever to approving legislation that would allow tenancy-in-common owners to bypass The City’s lottery system by paying up to $20,000 a unit to convert into a condo. Read More