Legal/Zoning

Things to know about the new opportunity zone guidelines

Things to know about the new opportunity zone guidelines

After several months of waiting, real estate investors, developers and other keen commercial real estate observers have finally received answers to some of their many questions about the Opportunity Zone program. The Department of Treasury on Friday released new regulations and some clarifications regarding the much-hyped Opportunity Zone program that can benefit investors, business owners… READ MORE

When will this huge West Oakland BART project leave the station?

When will this huge West Oakland BART project leave the station?

Now entering four years of discussion, West Oakland BART developers say they’ll show progress soon on the $565 million project. New projects on BART property don’t happen overnight. It took 20 years to break ground at the Walnut Creek Transit Village, while Bridge Housing’s 200-unit project at the San Leandro station started construction after a… READ MORE

How the New U.S. Tax Law Affects Community Development Projects

How the New U.S. Tax Law Affects Community Development Projects

The new U.S. tax law is considered one of the biggest tax overhauls since 1986 affecting community development projects. As Congress cobbled together the biggest tax overhaul since 1986, they nearly wiped out the essential sources of funding for large-scale community development projects—namely, three federal tax credit programs that attract private investment for neighborhood revitalization…. READ MORE

Will Warriors be allowed to bring the noise (and light) to Chase Center?

Will Warriors be allowed to bring the noise (and light) to Chase Center?

Golden State Warriors fans bring the noise to every game at “Roaracle Arena,” but the franchise is trying to prove that it’s not tone deaf to potential sound problems or blind to lighting concerns around its new San Francisco home. GSW Arena LLC, the Warrior’s affiliate that owns and will operate the area-office-retail development in… READ MORE

City Planners, Property Developers Fuel Push for Driverless Vehicles

City Planners, Property Developers Fuel Push for Driverless Vehicles

Increasing autonomous ride-sharing could reduce the need for parking spaces—and make denser, more profitable developments possible Six years after Nevada became the first state to allow driverless cars on public roads, real-estate developers and city planners around the country are stepping up their efforts to court pilot projects. In downtown Las Vegas, for example, a… READ MORE

BART rejects Livermore expansion; mayor vows rail connection

BART rejects Livermore expansion; mayor vows rail connection

There will be no BART station for Livermore residents who have been pining for the long-promised extension. Instead, BART’s board of directors Thursday evening voted to do nothing in a controversial decision pitting the system’s existing needs against the wishes of residents who have been paying into the district for over 40 years. Ultimately, the… READ MORE

City Hall promises to scale back price of affordable housing

City Hall promises to scale back price of affordable housing

“We cannot provide affordable homes for our families if we cannot afford to build these homes to begin with,” says mayor Soon to be outgoing Mayor of San Francisco Mark Farrell announced ambitions this week to combat the rising cost of affordable housing construction in San Francisco. Via a Tuesday press release, the mayor’s office… READ MORE

Faith Organizations Partner with Private Developers to Build Affordable Housing

Faith Organizations Partner with Private Developers to Build Affordable Housing

Increasingly, faith-based institutions are partnering with private developers to develop vacant or underutilized parcels—more specifically, to help bridge the affordable housing divide. Since the 1970s, St. John’s Global Ministries of the Kingdom, a 93-year-old Baptist church in Queens, has sought to build a new church and develop an unused lot. Now, with the help of the… READ MORE

Marijuana Dispensaries Are Getting Face-Lifts To Blaze Past The Competition

Marijuana Dispensaries Are Getting Face-Lifts To Blaze Past The Competition

Cannabis companies are taking greater pains to design stores that will set them apart from the competition — especially in states where recreational marijuana use is now legal. While medical marijuana is now legal across 29 states, recreational use is legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and the District of… READ MORE

Could a single dollar transform a south Stockton neighborhood?

Could a single dollar transform a south Stockton neighborhood?

A dollar these days might buy you half a cup of coffee, one-third of a gallon of gas or one-quarter of a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder. But there is at least one exception to the vanishing buying power of a $1 bill. Consider the city-owned 1.6-acre vacant lot on the east side of Airport Way bordered… READ MORE