Neighbors, activists vent about planned development at 16th, Mission streets

By J. K. Dineen : sfchronicle – excerpt (includes video)

Opponents of the proposed development at 16th and Mission streets delivered a blistering message to the San Francisco Planning Commission on Thursday night at Mission High School. Speaker after speaker ripped the project as a luxury complex that would worsen the displacement and gentrification that have become as synonymous with the neighborhood as burritos and murals… (more)

Planning Commissioners will continue to review the two alternatives. Maximus has threatened to bring the project to the voters if they do not get their plan approved.


San Francisco delays Mission housing over potentially historic laundromat


“We do not know for certain how long that will take,” says Supervisor Hillary Ronen

Laundry is a waiting game, and now the the owner of the Wash Land laundromat at 2918 Mission will have to wait even longer to find out if he can raze the circa-1924 building in favor of a 75-unit housing development, after the Board of Supervisors put off a vote on the project to determine whether or not the facility is historically significant.

The housing proposal, in the works since 2014 and approved by the Planning Commission in December, invokes California’s state density bonus law to go over and above the zoning for the block…

The planning code states to grant a conditional use the’ project is necessary, desirable and compatible with the neighborhood. This project has none of the above(more)

SF property manager atones for greed, Boogaloos slated to reopen

By : missionlocal – excerpt

In life, Boogaloos served as a microcosm of Mission trends every bit as well as it served as a brunch spot. There were the tattooed, toddler-toting hipsters wiping vegetarian herb-cream gravy off their hoodies, and tucking into a “Temple O’ Spuds,” an Edmund Hillary-worthy mountain of potatoes, cheese, salsa, sour cream and green onions — a monument to the power of hangover food.

In death, like Ben Kenobi, Boogaloos became even more powerful, as a symbol of the Malthusian currents drowning all too many people and places in the Mission. In 2015, the restaurant was rocked by a proposed increase of its rent from $4,200 to a parodic $17,500. Then, while essentially on life support, Boogaloo’s was hit with a fire in March of last year, and has since been down for the count…

Venerable, quotidian businesses being served with mind-blowing rent spikes — making way for places that won’t serve the Temple O’ Spuds or the sort of people who’d order that — is a boilerplate script element these days in the Mission. As are ill-timed fires.

Boogaloos, however, has gone off-script. And it looks like this Mission story may yet have a Hollywood ending.

“We’re going to open it again!” crows co-owner Carolyn Blair Brandeis, who co-founded Boogaloos in 1994 with Philip Bellber. While Brandeis had bandied about the notion of relocating the restaurant elsewhere, that won’t be necessary. Boogaloos is slated to reopen in the very same 1927-vintage building on the corner of Valencia and 22nd, a handsome, low-slung structure advertising its long-ago occupants in unsettling terms on the marquee: “Cut-rate druggists.”… (more)

SF complex planned to permanently house social service nonprofits

By D.K. Dineen : sfchronicle – excerpt

San Francisco social service nonprofits, always vulnerable to displacement during real estate booms, would get permanent homes if a proposed $120 million development in the Mission District comes to be.

Common Ground Urban Development, led by real estate investor Chris Foley, has filed an application to build a 200,000-square-foot complex for nonprofits at 1850 Bryant St. The developer plans on dividing the new, five-story building into about 10 commercial condominiums and selling them to nonprofits that offer services including job training, housing placement, addiction counseling and adult education.

While construction wouldn’t start until June at the earliest, seven tenants have signed letters of intent to take 110,000 square feet, Foley said. None of the future tenants was willing to be identified because the leases have not been finalized. The building, which will also include some space for the arts and manufacturing, will include a 14,000-square-foot roof garden.

The project is being partly financed through federal New Markets Tax credits. Spaces in the building will sell for about 40 percent below market-rate values — about $575 a square foot, or $5.7 million for a 10,000-square-foot commercial condo…

an Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who represents the Mission, said she is cautiously optimistic about the 1850 Bryant St. project, although she wants to make sure it’s as affordable as possible to cash-strapped organizations.

“The idea of creating a permanent home for nonprofits, so they have a secure footing in the Mission, is really exciting,” Ronen said. “I’m intrigued by the idea of joint ownership — kind of a condo building for social service groups.”…(more)