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Unions, Civic Groups Scrutinize Amazon’s Proposed Showplace Square Development Site

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Last month, roughly 60 members of the San Francisco Southeast Alliance (SFSEA) gathered at Thee Parkside to discuss Amazon’s operations and proposal to develop 900 Seventh Street. It was SFSEA’s, also known as the SF Southeast Community Coalition, first in-person gathering in six months.  SFSEA is a group of nonprofits, neighborhood associations, business organizations, environmental…

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Ordinance Would Pave Way for Affordable Housing Development in Mishpot

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Over more than three decades Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) has helped thousands of unhoused pregnant women and families, offering health, job training and child development services. The nonprofit may soon expand its assistance to include affordable housing.  In May, the San Francisco Planning Commission recommended approval of the 18th Street Affordable Housing Special Use District…

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Mission Creek Park P3 Will Open this Fall

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Mission Creek Park P3 will transform a barren, nondescript strip of terrain into a lush, lively gateway to the Mission Bay South neighborhood. The new 1.65-acre park will serve to extend Mission Creek Park, located west of Fourth Street, and align it with China Basin Park, part of the Mission Rock development being constructed east…

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Proposed San Bruno Avenue Project Criticized for Lack of Parking, Shadows

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Most of the roughtly 100 participants at last month’s virtual meeting about a proposed development at 1458 San Bruno Avenue vehemently opposed the project. “For the people in the neighborhood, it seems like an alien spaceship is landing and completely gentrifying the neighborhood,” said one attendee, who didn’t disclose his name. The Goode family has…

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Below-Market-Rate Condominiums to be Built in Mission Bay

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Condominiums offered at below-market-rates (BMR) to moderate-income buyers are being developed at 350 China Basin Street, where an eight-story building on Mission Bay South Block 9A (MB9A) is in the design process.  The edifice will ultimately feature 148 BMR condos available to first-time homebuyers who earn 80 to 110 percent of San Francisco’s Area Median…

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Rec Park to Pave Parts of Esprit Park

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After a contentious years-long debate over how best to renovate Esprit Park, the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association, supported by the Potrero Boosters, among others compromised on Plan W, selecting it from six redesign plans offered for the 1.8-acre open space. Plan W calls for two meadows, the south designated “family” – dog-free – the north an…

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Potrero Annex-Terrace Redevelopment Continues

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Last fall Bridge Housing released 2020 Rebuild Potrero Impact Report, which reviews progress redeveloping the Potrero Annex-Terrace housing complex on Potrero Hill’s southside. The “Rebuild Potrero” project was launched in 2008 by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development and Bridge Housing Corporation, a nonprofit headquartered in San Francisco.  Bridge Housing operates twenty-one properties…

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New Commercial Real Estate Remains Robust in Potrero Hill and Mission Bay, Older Storefronts Suffering

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The commercial real estate market in Potrero Hill and Mission Bay has so far been largely immune to COVID-19’s economic disruption. Vacancies remain low, office rents are rising, and tenants are signing leases for newly constructed retail storefronts. Life science spaces with research laboratories have a waitlist. “It seems almost impossible when you look at…

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The Power Station Moves to Construction Phase

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Last spring, Mayor London Breed signed legislation approving construction of The Power Station, a 29-acre mixed-use complex located along 23rd Street. The development will have approximately 2,400 residences, six acres of publicly accessible parks and recreational areas, and 1.2 to 1.9 million square feet of office, lab, and retail space. It’ll also open access to…

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Islais Creek Planning Process Continues at a Trickle

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More than a year after planning efforts began, municipal officials and advocates have determined that the Islais Creek Adaption Strategy should include a comprehensive vision for how the watershed can best serve nearby residents, workers and businesses, as well as address ways to manage increasing flood risks. Bayview and the Southern Waterfront are especially vulnerable…

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Related California Builds Affordable Housing Alongside Market-Rate Units

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Over the past decade and a half Potrero Hill has become denser and more lux.  The latest development wave may have started in 2007, when Whole Foods moved into a 165-unit complex at 450 Rhode Island Street. In 2016, Martin Building Company started constructing 177 apartments at 88 Arkansas Street, across the street from Jackson…

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Proposed San Bruno Avenue Development Draws Opposition

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A family that’s owned land for four generations at the southern tip of San Bruno Avenue wants to build a seven-story housing development utilizing the state Density Bonus Law to gain exemption from City height limitations. Early indications are that neighborhood opposition to the project will be fierce. San Francisco’s zoning restricts structure heights on…

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Study Examines Possible Improvements to Mission Bay, Showplace Square, and South-of-Market

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The San Francisco Planning Department is studying how best to redesign roads, public transit and open space in ways that smooth connections between Showplace Square, Western and Central South-of-Market, and Mission Bay.  The Showplace/SoMa Neighborhood Analysis and Coordination Study (SNACS) will also identify possible sites for additional market-rate and affordable housing, and evaluate demand for…

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Neighborhood Opposition Prompts Recology to Downsize Development Proposal

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Following a June community gathering to update neighbors, Recology submitted a project application to the San Francisco Planning Department to develop its 900 Seventh Street truckyard as a Special Use District (SUD) that’d mix commercial and industrial space with housing. Modified from a preliminary scheme the employee-owned waste management company submitted to the Planning Department…

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Associate Capital Offers Historic Preservation Alternatives to Development Plan

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Associate Capital presented alternative Potrero Power Plant development designs to the San Francisco Planning Commission last spring, which included restoring the 300-foot concrete smokestack and adjacent 131-foot Unit 3 control room, as well as preserving elements of Station A. Claus Spreckels, who founded the company that became the Western Sugar Refinery, built Station A in…

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Development Threatens Historic Power Plant Buildings

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Developer Associate Capital’s preferred plan for the 28-acre Potrero Power Station site, located along 23rd Street, calls for 19 new buildings and demolition of all the early-20th Century historic brick structures, three of which are individually eligible for the California Register of Historical Resources and contributors to the historic Third Street Industrial District. The San…

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Dogpatch and Potrero Hill Residents Unhappy About JUUL’s Presence at Pier 70

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Dogpatch and Potrero Hill residents, along with their neighborhood associations, are unhappy that vaping company JUUL has leased space at historic Pier 70.  The nicotine-supplying e-cigarette maker is occupying 8,000 square feet of office space at Building 102, on 20th and Illinois streets.  In June, the View broke the news that Orton Development, which is…

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Jackson Park to Feature Community Center, Elevated Promenade

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Earlier this fall, more than 100 people turned out to view a proposed new design for Jackson Park, which features an elevated promenade around the park, community center with rooftop tennis court and adjacent plaza, large public open space at the corner of Mariposa and Carolina streets, restored clubhouse, new picnic area outside the ballfields,…

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New Student Residences Open at California College of the Arts

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Blattner Hall, California College of the Arts’ new 64,000 square foot four-story student residence hall, located at 75 Arkansas Street, began housing scholars last summer. District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, who also serves as president of the Board of Supervisors, spoke at the Hall’s September 24th ribbon-cutting. “Stable housing is essential for academic success, particularly…

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Rebuild Potrero Progresses

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Progress continues on Rebuild Potrero, a decade-long effort to revitalize the Potrero Annex-Terrace housing complexes through a partnership between BRIDGE Housing, San Francisco Housing Authority, and San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. The most recent milestone is completion of a reconstructed block of 25th Street, between Connecticut and Dakota streets. The work…

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Dogpatch Property Commemorates its Notable Past

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A new development complex in Dogpatch pays homage to an early technology pioneer who paved the way for Silicon Valley. The site – 815 Tennessee Street – used to be home to the Bowie Switch Company, which specialized in large-capacity electrical controls. In engineering, a switch is a component that can “make” or “break” an…

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Construction of Crane Cove Park May Begin Next Month

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Amidst a chaos of construction that includes the University of California, San Francisco Child, Teen and Family Center/Department of Psychiatry Building to the west, the Chase Center to the north and apartment buildings in between, there’s a 9.8-acre parcel along the waterfront that was supposed to have been turned into a park by 2017. Last…

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Planning Continues for Redevelopment of Potrero Power Plant Site

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Plans for the site that used to host the Potrero Power Plant continue to be fleshed-out, with the owners, Associate Capital, soliciting suggestions on how to best develop the parcel. Last spring, Associate Capital principals helped judge the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco’s 49th Annual High School Design Competition, which featured the plant location as…

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Pier 70 Development

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In May, City officials, developer Forest City Realty Trust and Dogpatch residents formally launched construction at 28-acre Pier 70, slated for development of housing, waterfront parks, space for artists and local manufacturing, and rehabilitated historic buildings. Pictured (l-r) are City Assessor Carmen Chu, Mayoral Candidate Mark Leno, Forest City Senior Vice President Jack Sylvan, Forest…

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