The projected economic benefits of hosting the America’s Cup sailing race now appear to be significantly lower than promoters once touted when the notion of The City hosting the regatta first surfaced.
Back in 2010, as one of the regatta’s selling points, race supporters cited a report that projected economic benefits as high as $1.4 billion. Tuesday, Mayor Ed Lee said the latest projected benefits, which are detailed in a yet-to-be published report, now hover around $780 million. 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
As the sun rose over Mission Bay condos on King Street near Interstate 280 on Monday, a couple dozen people who were living under the onramp packed up their belongings as city and state officials moved in with a new approach for dealing with the encampment. Read More
The river otter that took up residence in the Sutro Baths ruins at Ocean Beach appears to have moved on; he has not been seen for weeks.
Dubbed Sutro Sam, he was the first river otter spotted in San Francisco in decades. The young male attracted so much attention from sightseers that Golden Gate National Recreation Area officials had to set up signs to remind people to keep away from the wild creature. 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
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
The U.S. Navy has revealed its proposal for cleaning up a section of southern shoreline at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard — one of the last such efforts the agency needs approval for.
The Navy shuttered the shipyard in 1974, and in the early 1990s the property was included on a list of U.S. bases that would be closed and transferred to other agencies. The Navy divided the base into several parcels, each of which has its own cleanup plans. Read More
Two decades ago at the Mel’s Drive-In on Geary Boulevard, two doctors began meeting weekly to discuss how empty hospitals could be used on weekends to provide health care for people in need. Eventually, the surgeons sketched out a business plan on a napkin.
Since then, Doug Grey and William Schecter’s rough concept has become a solid reality that has provided free surgeries for thousands of people across the Bay Area. Read More
PG&E announced a five-year plan that will nearly double previous investments in its utility network in The City. The $1.2 billion is slated to go toward safety enhancements and making sure the system can handle expected growth here.
Tony Earley, the utility’s president and CEO, and Mayor Ed Lee announced the improvements to the electrical and natural-gas systems during a Chamber of Commerce event Wednesday. Read More
Improving the economy may not earn any politician a trophy, but Mayor Ed Lee, standing on a stage in front of the San Francisco Giants' two World Series awards Wednesday, said it does take teamwork.
Lee, speaking at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce's annual CityBeat breakfast, told the crowd that the poll numbers unveiled by the business group Wednesday bear out the results of the hard work that The City and private companies have taken on in the last few years. He also said collaboration between city leaders is important. Read More
Inside the cavernous building at Pier 27, construction workers Tuesday worked on the structure that will eventually welcome cruise ship passengers to San Francisco.
Outside of the glass-and-steel building, city officials gathered Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal.
“For years and years, this will be the legacy,” Mayor Ed Lee said of the entirety of the project that will include a park and open space on the northern waterfront. “Not just a cruise ship terminal.” Read More
A new, 220-room hotel could spring up in South of Market right in the middle of San Francisco’s convention hub.
There currently sits an approximately 30-foot-tall building on Fourth Street between Howard and Folsom streets that houses Olivet Theological University. But under a proposal that is scheduled for approval Thursday at the Planning Commission, that low-slung building would be razed to make room for an 11-story, 220-room hotel, according to documents. Read More
A construction crane working on the new Bay Bridge span tipped over aboard a barge Thursday afternoon, scraping off some paint but apparently not damaging the bridge or injuring any workers.
Workers were using the barge-mounted crane in tandem with another one to remove temporary supports from the self-anchored suspension portion of the new eastern span when a 129-ton piece of metal it was removing fell, according to Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman John Goodwin. Read More
New designs for the proposed Warriors arena on the San Francisco waterfront should be completed by the end of April, a team official said. That pushes the project-approval timeline back a few months, but is not expected to affect the projected opening date.
The Warriors unveiled a design in October for the Piers 30-32 site, which sits just south of the Bay Bridge on The Embarcadero, that tucked the 17,500-seat arena onto the southeastern side of the pier. But the eastern side of the pier also is one of the only deep-water berths along the San Francisco waterfront. Read More
A couple strolling through Golden Gate Park on Thursday morning passed by a tree with a small white sign attached to it saying the perennial is on the chopping block.
The tree is one of 155 that the Recreation and Park Department plans to remove from Golden Gate Park in the coming months. It also plans to plant more. The project is the second phase of a program that targets hazardous trees throughout the park, which has an estimated 25,000 trees and 13 million annual visitors. Read More