Planning

The remains of an historic 1935 home designed by architect Richard Neutra at 49 Hopkins Ave., which was illegally demolished, on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Property owner wins approval of new plans on site of illegally demolished home

A property owner who was ordered to rebuild a Twin Peaks home…

The remains of an historic 1935 home designed by architect Richard Neutra at 49 Hopkins Ave., which was illegally demolished, on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Elected officials, community groups oppose housing development on Redwood City salt pond site

Elected officials, community groups oppose housing development on Redwood City salt pond site

A group of elected officials and community organizations from across the Bay…

Elected officials, community groups oppose housing development on Redwood City salt pond site
PG & E appears to be making The City jump through unnecessary and expensive hoops. (Courtesy photo)

PG&E is holding up energy improvements in San Francisco

SFUSD’s goal may be difficult to achieve while PG&E still owns the distribution network.

PG & E appears to be making The City jump through unnecessary and expensive hoops. (Courtesy photo)
A 193-unit project is planned at 65 Ocean Ave. in the Excelsior District on the site of two former childcare facilities that have since relocated. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Neighborhood groups push for 100 percent affordable housing at Excelsior site

A proposed 193-unit market-rate housing development in the Excelsior District is facing…

A 193-unit project is planned at 65 Ocean Ave. in the Excelsior District on the site of two former childcare facilities that have since relocated. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisors weigh possible legislation on corporate rentals

Supervisors weigh possible legislation on corporate rentals

Companies seen as skirting city rules on short-term rentals, hotels

Supervisors weigh possible legislation on corporate rentals
Kate Hartley, the director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, is leaving after five years in the role. (Courtesy photo)

Continuing San Francisco’s community development legacy

New housing leadership brings a new opportunity for responsiveness and transparency

  • Jul 30, 2019
Kate Hartley, the director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, is leaving after five years in the role. (Courtesy photo)
A former Fresh & Easy grocery store at 32nd Avenue and Clement Street in the Richmond District will soon reopen as an Andronico’s Community Market. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Andronico’s grocery store to open in the Outer Richmond

Former Fresh and Easy site has sat vacant since 2015

A former Fresh & Easy grocery store at 32nd Avenue and Clement Street in the Richmond District will soon reopen as an Andronico’s Community Market. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
344 14th Street on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (DavÌd RodrÌguez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mission District residential project wins approval at Planning Commission

Community groups pushing for more affordable units could appeal after talks with developer fail

344 14th Street on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (DavÌd RodrÌguez/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A new seven-story building at Market and Church streets operated by SF-based Sonder will provide extended-stay rentals. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

‘Corporate rentals’ draw scrutiny from city officials

Companies approved for housing leasing out units as extended-stay apartments

A new seven-story building at Market and Church streets operated by SF-based Sonder will provide extended-stay rentals. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Two men walk their dog near newly developed townhomes that overlook parcel B at the Hunters Point shipyard on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

More housing approved for Hunters Point despite contamination concerns

San Francisco has approved initial plans for the construction of more homes at the Hunters Point Shipyard, despite pending litigation over health concerns there.

Two men walk their dog near newly developed townhomes that overlook parcel B at the Hunters Point shipyard on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Hearst vice president and general manager Stephen Hearst, Brookfield Properties vice president of development Jason Bonnet, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, former Supervisor Jane Kim and United Playaz executive director Rudy Corpuz Jr. break ground on the 5M Development. (Daniel Montes/Bay City News)

City breaks ground on 856-unit SOMA project

5M to include mix of offices, housing and open space

Hearst vice president and general manager Stephen Hearst, Brookfield Properties vice president of development Jason Bonnet, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, former Supervisor Jane Kim and United Playaz executive director Rudy Corpuz Jr. break ground on the 5M Development. (Daniel Montes/Bay City News)
Presidio Trust board rejects development proposal for Fort Winfield Scott

Presidio Trust board rejects development proposal for Fort Winfield Scott

Fort Winfield Scott at The Presidio in San Francisco will not be…

Presidio Trust board rejects development proposal for Fort Winfield Scott
San Francisco has more than 7,000 units of supportive housing. According to city officials, residents at around 2,000 of those units are paying more than 30 percent of their incomes in rent. (Lola Chase/ S.F. Examiner)

Homeless director says thousands pay excessive rents in supportive housing

Increased subsidies on affordable units could cost The City nearly $8M a year

San Francisco has more than 7,000 units of supportive housing. According to city officials, residents at around 2,000 of those units are paying more than 30 percent of their incomes in rent. (Lola Chase/ S.F. Examiner)
A man walks past a parking lot at 1064 Mission St. where a housing project for the homeless is set to be built. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Homeless housing project slated for completion by August 2021

Financing plan for $143M 250-unit project approved in committee Thursday

A man walks past a parking lot at 1064 Mission St. where a housing project for the homeless is set to be built. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Matt Haney announces proposed protections for nightlife entertainment venues in the South of Market area at Mezzanine in the wake of nightclub’s impending closure. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Proposal brings new hope for the Mezzanine

The Mezzanine may not be forced to move out after all if District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney’s plan works.

Supervisor Matt Haney announces proposed protections for nightlife entertainment venues in the South of Market area at Mezzanine in the wake of nightclub’s impending closure. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee at a rally for affordable senior housing in front of City Hall on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

New subsidy program could make senior housing more affordable

Proposal by Board President Norman Yee would affect units currently in pipeline

Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee at a rally for affordable senior housing in front of City Hall on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The ActivSpace building at 3150 18th Street in the Mission District on May 23, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Mission entrepreneurs threatened with displacement may win a reprieve

Planning Commission approves 10-year exception to use restrictions for Activspace building tenants

The ActivSpace building at 3150 18th Street in the Mission District on May 23, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The City is developing proposals for the Civic Center that include new amenities and more places for the public to sit and get out of the wind and sun. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Planning Commission president calls for homeless shelter in plans to redo Civic Center

Dog park, benches, changes to U.N. Plaza fountain proposed for revamped public space

The City is developing proposals for the Civic Center that include new amenities and more places for the public to sit and get out of the wind and sun. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A boarded up vacant building on the 500 block of Columbus Avenue. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Why so many SF storefronts are empty

A couple weeks ago I found myself with a little bit of extra time to kill in North Beach.

A boarded up vacant building on the 500 block of Columbus Avenue. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Treasure Island officials say they are $170 million short to build five affordable housing projects on the island. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Funding gap plagues Treasure Island affordable housing projects

Those who oversee the development of Treasure Island are already eyeing the…

Treasure Island officials say they are $170 million short to build five affordable housing projects on the island. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)