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Blog Archives: March 2017

Millennium Tower homeowners association sues, seeking over $200 million to fund repairs

March 31, 2017
Roland Li
Source: San Francisco Business Times The homeowners association of the sinking, tilting Millennium Tower filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday seeking damages exceeding $200 million to pay for repairs. The suit in San Francisco Superior Court names a long list of defendants: Developer Millennium Partners and its executives, the tower's general contractor Webcor, tower architect Handel, engineering firms Treadwell & Rollo, Langan, DeSimone Consulting Engineers, and Arup, as well as the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA). As the ...

Court rules against SF in Ellis Act apartment rental case

March 29, 2017
Bob Egelko
By Bob Egelko March 21, 2017 Updated: March 22, 2017 3:29pm When landlords decide to go out of the rental business, San Francisco can’t legally require them to pay their evicted tenants as much as $50,000 to cover the higher rents they’ll face on the open market, a state appeals court has ruled. A never-enforced 2015 ordinance that would have required the payments was “a form of ransom which interferes and places an undue burden on landlords who simply seek to go out of business,” the ...

Airbnb boots hundreds of San Francisco hosts

March 27, 2017
BY ADAM BRINKLOW MAR 22, 2017, 10:45AM PDT In 2016, Airbnb introduced a “One Host, One Home” policy in San Francisco. It was a voluntary concession in some of the markets that sought to curtail the short-term listing sites’ effect on local housing (the company put the same rule in place in New York), even as City Hall sought greater legal restrictions on STR hosts. Now in a press release, the company claims that since then it’s evicted 923 listings “that appeared to be shared by hosts with multiple entire unit listings ...

Trumark Urban chief’s condo portfolio shines

March 25, 2017
Roland Li
Developer Trumark Urban’s The Pacific, where unit prices exceed $20 million, is the culmination of a four-year development process. It’s also the most high-profile project for Trumark Urban Managing Director Arden Hearing, who has seized the current economic boom to become one of the city’s most active condo builders. “There’s no neighborhood that has a higher profile,” says Hearing. The renovation of the former University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry campus at 2121 Webster St., is one of the ...

California Lawmakers Aim to Repeal Anti-Rent Control Law

March 18, 2017
Source: Adam Brinklow -  Curbed SF A new bill authored by San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu would do away with the 22-year-old Costa-Hawkins Act, the law that exempts new construction from rent control and generates ire with tenants’ rights activists. Introduced by Chiu and two other California lawmakers in February, AB 1506 is only two lines long in its present form, which read: The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act prescribes statewide limits on the application of local rent control with regard to certain properties. This bill ...

Steer Clear: 7 Living Room Design Looks That Buyers Hate

March 18, 2017
Source: Home decor is all about reflecting your own personal style. It’s an opportunity to use your home as a blank canvas and paint a masterpiece that is decidedly you. And that style is never more apparent than in your living room—the spot where your guests gather and your personality is most on display. We’ll never tell you to betray your decor desires in this room (or the rest of your home). But if you’ve gone nuts painting your living room in wild colors or spent thousands laying down Moroccan tile, bear in mind how ...

Fog is Corroding the Golden Gate Bridge (Again)

March 07, 2017
Source: Adam Brinklow - Curbed SF Exterior panels need to be replaced. According to ABC7, the southern half of the Golden Gate Bridge has been in sorry shape these last few years, and the usual suspects are to blame: salt water, and fog. As the bridge’s official website points out, the bridge’s original International Orange paint job was “two-thirds lead by weight.” Modern paint is zinc-based, which is safer but protects the bridge mostly just by being corroded away itself, serving as a “sacrificial metal.” Evidently it’s having ...

A Tour of the Presidio's Historic Jail Turned Visitor Center

March 06, 2017
Source: Adam Brinklow - Curbed SF Trust spent three years changing old army guardhouse into the new face of the park It took three years and $5 million to transform a onetime jail into the new park Visitor Center in the Presidio, which Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi dedicated at a ceremony on Thursday. The San Francisco park will celebrate its opening on Saturday with a day of free events. But in a broader sense, the building is a product of the Presidio’s centuries-long journey from a bastion of military might perched over the Golden Gate ...