Mission residents sound off on neighborhood design guidelines

By Ricky Rodas : mission local – excerpt

In conjunction with Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, the San Francisco Planning Department and the Office of Workforce and Development held a special area guidelines workshop at Cesar Chavez Elementary School on Wednesday. Amy Beinart, legislative aide to Dictrict 9 Supervisor Hilary Ronen, was in attendance.

The project’s planning manager John Francis told the crowd of fifteen, “We’re going to reflect on the character of 24th Street,” and that community feedback will be a critical part of establishing guidelines for design elements such as windows, business signs, outside art, and building facades… (more)

City to buy 1515 South Van Ness for 100-percent affordable housing development

By Julian Mark : missionlocal – excerpt

After the homeless Navigation Center located at 1515 South Van Ness vacated in June 2018, the building sat inactive, waiting to be demolished and transformed into a mostly market-rate development.

Only, nothing happened. For a year.

Today, Mayor London Breed announced that the city will be purchasing the site in order to build a 100-percent affordable housing development — “potentially 150 new family units,” as Breed put it on Tuesday morning…

“We know that this community has a goal of getting to 2,500” affordable units, Breed said to about 30 community members gathered at the site. “This is a step in the right direction.”…(more)

Haney moves to save Mezzanine — and Soma nightlife

By Jeantelle Laberinto : 48hills – excerpt

Proposal would make it harder to turn venues into tech office space.

Supervisor Matt Haney announced Thursday that he will introduce a resolution that would give an added layer of protection to nightlife and entertainment venues in Soma.

If passed, this measure would provide interim zoning controls in Western Soma for 18 months to ensure that entertainment venues are not converted to other uses without going in front of the Planning Commission, and if needed, at the full Board of Supervisors…(more)

Déjà vu Culture Clash all over again. If you don’t fix past mistakes you will never outlive them. It’s another round of emergency 18 month resolutions to freeze the moment in time. If the 18 month reprieve goes through, we have 18 months to pass some new longer term fix to protect the venues. If you were here for the Prop X campaign, you may want to review the history of that ballot initiative that is meant to protect PDR space in some limited way in a few distinct parts of San Francisco.

The absurd, failed economics of the jobs-housing linkage fee

By John Elberling : 48hills – excerpt

Developers would pay for only 20 percent of the demand their projects create – so why are we still building so much office space?

The long-awaited Nexus Study documenting how much affordable housing is actually needed for the added workforce of new office developments has finally been released by the city. It concludes that 810 new low/moderate/middle income-affordable housing units are needed for the employees of every 1 million square feet of new office buildings…

And every year the Prop M annual limit allows the Planning Commission to approved 950,000 square feet of office development. So each year, on average, the city’s affordable housing situation gets 616 units worse thanks to new office development for the Tech Industry.

Of course, other city housing funds badly needed to build new affordable housing for today’s San Franciscans could be diverted to meeting this shortfall. That is, essentially, the city would be subsidizing the growth of the tech industry in San Francisco in those new office buildings — at the expense of the city’s existing Central City communities and their residents!.

And that is exactly what the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development now proposes. It has also just released a feasibility study that concludes new office developments cannot pay much of a JHLP Fee increase at all now, despite the record office rents the tech industry is willing to pay (up to $100 per square foot per year), due to the high costs of construction and other city fees.

It’s very clear what the top priority of the Mayor’s Office Of Economic Development is – tech industry growth – not the needs of the city’s people.

But of course there is another option – STOP BUILDING OFFICE BUILDINGS! Stopmaking that problem – the jobs-housing balance – worse. Use the city’s housing funds for the needs of the city’s existing communities first!…(more)

San Francisco’s Transbay transit center reopens July 1 — but without buses

By Rachel Swan : sfchronicle – excerpt

When San Francisco reopens its $2.2 billion Transbay transit center on July 1, buses won’t be rolling through — but yoga mats may be rolling out.

That’s because the three-block-long structure isn’t quite ready for transportation. Instead, after the center opens at 6 a.m. July 1, people can once again stroll through the 5.4-acre rooftop park and join knitting circles, yoga classes and fitness boot camps. Food trucks will line the surrounding streets, and visitors may enter the art-bedecked terrazzo floor. The buses, however, will come later.

Muni and Golden Gate Transit buses will start rolling out of the plaza at Beale and First streets sometime in early July. Greyhound, Westcat Lynx and AC Transit’s bus lines will start service from the bus deck — which connects to the Bay Bridge — in late summer…(more)

It helps to have a sense of humor

Office, housing expansion planned for former Lyft HQ meets with opposition

By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt

Project at 2300 Harrison St. adds 24 units, new retail, arts and office space to current building

Community advocates are taking a stand against a proposed six-story expansion of the former Lyft headquarters in the Mission District that would bring close to 100,000 square feet of office space to the heavily gentrifying neighborhood.

Plans to add a mixed-use building with ground-floor retail and arts spaces, 27,017 square feet of additional office space and a total of 24 apartments to the existing three-story building at 2300 Harrison St. are expected to go before the Planning Commission Thursday for a vote…

The Planning Department is recommending approval, but a coalition of community groups is pressing the commission to hold off on making a decision on the project to allow for more time to negotiate benefits for the community, such as increased affordable housing on site…

“We want a higher amount of affordable housing. We want an actual plan for this office space to be mixed use, to contribute not only to high income earners but to the working class,” said Bocanegra. “The City is the biggest representative for its vulnerable communities. The City needs to take a hard look at this project…and assure that this building gets built in a way that will [guarantee] an equitable and a healthy outcome.”… (more)

http://commissions.sfplanning.org/cpcpackets/2016-010589ENXOFAc1.pdf

Startup rents bunkbeds in the Tendernob for $1,200 per month

By Adam Brinklow :

“Pods” try to make a virtue of necessity

How much does it cost for bare minimum accommodations in San Francisco—i.e, a bed and a roof?

In the Tenderloin, that’ll be $60 per night, or $1,200 per month. That’s what the Southern California-based startup Podshare charges for one of its “pods” at the company’s first San Francisco locale.

According to the company, “A pod is a hand-built, high-end bunk bed complete with your own flat screen TV and night light.” …(more)

This is a rental unit? Double beds? As if couples will sleep together in this fashion. or maybe you sleep with your dog? No wonder people are living in vehicles. At least you have a modicum of privacy.