• City seeking to get a handle on inventory of vacant storefronts
  • Plans for single, taller 984-unit Hub District Tower selected
  • Condominiums dropped from 555 Howard Street development
  • PG&E set to declare bankruptcy and close SF headquarters

San Francisco seeks to get a handle on its inventory of vacant storefronts

“To the detriment of commercial corridors, San Francisco doesn’t actually know how many vacant storefronts it has. But legislation from Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer would close a loophole in The City’s existing vacant storefront registry law and make it easier for city officials to get a handle on the number of storefronts which are empty. Under the existing building code, a commercial storefront is not considered vacant if is up for sale or lease, leaving hundreds, if not thousands of buildings out of the count.” CONTINUE READING ON THE EXAMINER

Plans for a Single, Taller 984-Unit Hub District Tower Picked

“While plans for a pair of 41-story towers with a total of 984 residential units to rise on the former San Francisco Honda site at 10 South Van Ness were drawn, an alternative proposal for a single 55-story tower to rise up to 590 feet in height on the site, which is currently only zoned for a maximum of 400 feet, have been in the works as well… And with the anticipated passage of San Francisco’s Hub District Plan, which would up-zone the corner for development up to 600 feet in height,Crescent Heights is now formally proposing to pursue the single tower design, as rendered by Handel Architects below, as their preferred plan for moving forward. The 55-story tower would yield the same number of (slightly larger) residential units and retail space (30,000 square feet) as the two-tower design, but with around 240 off-street parking spaces as now envisioned (versus 518 as originally proposed) and an enclosed mid-block pedestrian connection between Market and 12th Street, the sidewalk for which would be widened and specially paved.” CONTINUE READING ON SOCKETSITE

Developers Drop Condos from Permitted Tower Plans

“While the approval process for a 36-story tower designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in collaboration with Mark Cavagnero Associates, to rise up to 405-feet in height at 555 Howard Street was, in fact, fast-tracked by Planning, and the development was approved back in early 2017, the project has yet to break ground… And while the building permit for the tower has since been approved, the project team is now seeking approval to scrap the condo component from the development and simply build a 406-room hotel, with one (1) off street parking space and a storage room for 20 bikes.” CONTINUE READING ON SOCKETSITE

New housing complex for older adults rises in SF’s Excelsior

“…Now the biggest development in the neighborhood in decades is taking shape on the hillside above the intersection of Silver Avenue and Mission Street, on the northern edge of the Excelsior. There, the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living — formerly known as the Jewish Home of San Francisco — is undergoing a major expansion that will include 190 senior housing units and a new community center.” CONTINUE READING ON THE CHRONICLE
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PG&E says it will declare bankruptcy; CEO resigns

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), which provides power to roughly 16 million people across California, is in a full-fledged crisis after its CEO resigned, the company announced bankruptcy, and its stock price imploded, all with less than 24 hours. On Sunday, PG&E CEO Geisha Williams announced she will step down. Williams moved into the CEO role in early 2017, the beginning of what turned out to be a disastrous period for the San Francisco-based utility company.” CONTINUE READING ON CURBED

Busy months ahead: Here are the 10 biggest conventions heading to San Francisco in 2019

“San Francisco’s convention business is gearing up for a big year. With a larger Moscone Center open for business (see San Francisco Business Times Reporter Katie Burke’s recent cover story about the center’s $550 million expansion), hundreds of thousands of convention attendees are expected to flood the city in 2019.” CONTINUE READING ON BUSINESS TIMES

Accuweather Forecast: Unsettled pattern this weekend

Scattered light showers and pockets of sunshine develop over our sky today. The storm ranks 1-Light on our Storm Impact Scale. The North Bay experiences the best chance of rain. Potential rainfall totals begin with a Trace in the South Bay and East Bay Valleys to a .25″ across the North Bay.” CONTINUE READING ON ABC7NEWS

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