Articles by Andrew Nelson

531 Bryant Street, design by Handel Architects rendering by NQS Creative

531 Bryant Street Offices Moves Through San Francisco Planning Commission

The San Francisco Planning Commission has recommended approval to the office space allocation for 531 Bryant Street, in central SoMa, San Francisco. This move takes from the annual city-wide allowance for small-development office space, bringing it from over 750,000 to 703,336 square feet. The Urban Land Development LLC leads the proposed six-story building, with design by the prolific Handel Architects.

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344 14th Street, rendering via SF Planning

344 14th Street, 60-Unit Development, Files Permits, Mission District, San Francisco

New building permits are filed for the mid-density residential project at 344 14th Street, on the north edge of the Mission District, San Francisco. The seven-story apartment block will add sixty new homes to the neighborhood, along with ground-floor retail. California-based Manouch Moshayedi of MX3 Ventures is responsible for the development after purchasing the parcel in 2015 for nearly $5 million.

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5M over-view, image courtesy Brookfield Properties

5M Nears Topping Out in SoMa, San Francisco

Construction for the billion dollar 5M is progressing quickly, with the largest building already near topping out sixteen months after groundbreaking in SoMa, San Francisco. The project will produce six structures, three new, three historic restorations. This includes the former headquarters of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, owned by Brookfield Properties’ partner for the development, Hearst. The master plan is by SITELAB Urban Studio, guided by the stated mission to create a privately funded arts- and community-oriented mixed-use district. Recently captured pictures by SF YIMBY reveal how the project has progressed.

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Biggest Little Permits Report: 128 New Units Across the Bay

This week’s big little permits take away is its uptick in ADU filings. Even with Indigenous Peoples’ holiday providing a lull on Monday, planners picked up the pace for the rest of the week. This article covers over 128 new units of apartments and ADUs across the Bay Area plus Sacramento, as well as twenty-one single-family houses. Our map shows how widespread the permits were across the city of San Francisco, no more than a few in any one neighborhood. Some unusual and significant little permits include a large wine storage building in Santa Clara County and additional classrooms filed for the Athenian School in Danville.

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Herz Recreation Center, design by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Herz Recreation Center for Related and Mercy’s Development Goes through Civic Design Review

A planned new hub is under review for a corner of John McLaren Park at Sunnydale, by the southern edge of San Francisco. Recent plans were put in front of the civic design review committee for the community center adjoining a residential development, the Herz Recreation Center Project. It is a nearly twelve thousand square foot destination for exercise, meetings, and various events. The city’s Park Department is developing the project in concert with Mercy Housing and Related California.

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