Planning

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)
People walk past Victoria Manalo Draves Park on Folsom Street in the South of Market neighborhood. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supes block SoMa housing development over shadow cast on neighborhood park

Neighbors appealed project due to its impact on Victoria Manalo Draves Park

People walk past Victoria Manalo Draves Park on Folsom Street in the South of Market neighborhood. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Map showing parts of the Mission District that would qualify as “sensitive areas” under Senate Bill 50, according to Planning Department documents. (Courtesy image)

Why SB 50’s disregard for the Mission District should concern us all

By Norma Garcia and Cindy Wu Senate Bill 50 is being promoted…

  • Apr 9, 2019
Map showing parts of the Mission District that would qualify as “sensitive areas” under Senate Bill 50, according to Planning Department documents. (Courtesy image)
Mayor London Breed has nominated Frank Sung Fung to the Planning Commission. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Mayor taps Board of Appeals president for Planning Commission

Following the sudden withdrawal of a San Francisco developer from nomination to…

Mayor London Breed has nominated Frank Sung Fung to the Planning Commission. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Senate Bill 50 would upzone areas near transit hubs, including some parts of San Francisco that have traditionally been zoned for lower density such as the Sunset District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supervisors oppose state legislation that would increase housing density

A resolution opposing a controversial statewide housing density bill is set to…

Senate Bill 50 would upzone areas near transit hubs, including some parts of San Francisco that have traditionally been zoned for lower density such as the Sunset District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Mayor London Breed addresses opponents who attempt to yell over her during an informational meeting on the proposed Embarcadero Navigation Center at the Delancey Street Foundation town hall on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Breed faces down angry crowd at waterfront Navigation Center hearing

Mayor London Breed was booed when she made a surprise appearance Wednesday…

Mayor London Breed addresses opponents who attempt to yell over her during an informational meeting on the proposed Embarcadero Navigation Center at the Delancey Street Foundation town hall on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Mission District project would transform parking lot into high-end condos, maker space

Mission District project would transform parking lot into high-end condos, maker space

A project promising to transform a Mission District parking lot into rental…

Mission District project would transform parking lot into high-end condos, maker space