The sale of land that is expected to eventually house one of the largest skyscrapers on the West Coast could be completed in the next few days, transferring hundreds of millions of dollars for development around the future Transbay Transit Center. Read More
Tenant advocates are concerned about the financial impact of a proposal to require owners of earthquake-vulnerable buildings to make safety upgrades.
For more than a decade, The City has struggled with how to get owners of what are known as “soft-story buildings” to upgrade them to withstand a major earthquake, but costs and the debate over who has to pay for fixes have long hampered the effort.
After months of intense negotiations, the new terms of California Pacific Medical Center’s planned development of two earthquake-safe hospitals in San Francisco were approved Tuesday amid much fanfare. Read More
Engineers studying the 8 Washington St. project have raised concerns about how construction along the proposed waterfront development could adversely affect a sewer line that carries a quarter of The City’s wastewater.
Yet despite such objections, which were raised by project opponents during Tuesday’s meeting of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, that body voted to deal with such concerns at some point in the future, since the project is still in the approval process. Read More
Construction could begin in May on a skateboarding and dog park in South of Market that has been stuck in bureaucratic limbo for years.
Various city agencies are poised to sign a 20-year contract with Caltrans to rent a vacant lot under the Central Freeway and transform it into an open space for skateboarders and dog walkers. The concept design for the park was first developed in early 2009, but lease disagreements between the state and city agencies delayed the project.
A housing development approved Thursday for the west side of Mount Sutro will feature 34 units in 12 two-unit and 10 one-unit buildings.
It also will create a new road to access the development, 68 parking spaces and a water-catching system to prevent the hillside from getting saturated and potentially creating landslides, according to development plans. Read More
San Francisco has its share of art museums, and now there is another person eying opening one here: George Lucas.
The "Star Wars" creatoris one of the 16 people or groups who have proposed building in San Francisco's Presidio at the former commissary building, according Clay Harrell, a spokesperson for the Presidio Trust. The building is currently the home of Sports Basement, across from Crissy Field. Read More
New hospitals will grace both Cathedral Hill and the Mission district after a lengthy and contentious development squabble between city leaders and California Pacific Medical Center officials ended in a tentative compromise announced Tuesday.
CPMC had once sought to tear down the vacant Cathedral Hill Hotel and replace it with a 555-bed hospital nearly twice the size of San Francisco General Hospital. St. Luke’s Hospital in the Mission district, which primarily serves low-income people, would have been reduced in size and could have been shut down. Read More
A debris-littered patch of decaying asphalt in McLaren Park is on the verge of becoming a bicycle-skills course after years of advocacy from local groups. Read More
In the early 1900s, the building at 888 Brannan St. in South of Market was a factory for what was at the time a high-tech device: batteries. Over the years, it was used by a paper distribution business and a wholesale jewelry mart, which is still housed in a portion of the site.
But now the cavernous, window-lined structure that sits next to Interstate 80 will once again house a high-tech tenant: Airbnb, the company that allows people to list and find temporary housing online. Read More