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City suing Academy of Art University over illegal buildings

San Francisco is suing the Academy of Art University over the academy’s buildings that have flouted The City’s planning and permit laws for years.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera is slated to announce the lawsuit Friday morning.

A spokesperson for the City Attorney’s Office on Friday confirmed a published news report that stated the lawsuit is against the Academy of Art, but declined to provide more details.

The violations, noted for years by city officials, triggered the academy to begin developing an institutional master plan in 2011. The final environmental impact report for that plan was due to go before the Planning Commission in July.

City officials have lamented the purported lack of enforcement at academy buildings for years, and city planners continue to uncover various abuses to the planning code. As recently as March, planners updated the Planning Commission on the status of enforcement for the academy’s buildings.

In 2014, Herrera sent a letter to the Planning Department calling for planners to hold the academy accountable for its repeated violations.

And earlier this year, Supervisor Aaron Peskin urged the Planning Department to issue a new round of notices of violation to the university to bring it into compliance with local laws.Academy of Art UniversityCity Attorney’s OfficePlanning

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