Tags: Bay Area

California gives BART control over development at its stations

California gives BART control over development at its stations

BART can draft plans to fill empty station parking lots with dense housing and shops, under a state law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed late Sunday. The bill empowers the transit agency to zone its properties — an estimated 250 acres of blank asphalt — and limits cities’ ability to delay or obstruct development. “We… 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

New Tech Offices In The Bay Area May Not Come With Free Lunches

New Tech Offices In The Bay Area May Not Come With Free Lunches

The age of free lunches for tech employees may be coming to a close in parts of the Bay Area. San Francisco Supervisors Ahsha Safaí and Aaron Peskin have proposed a ban on cafeterias in new office buildings, San Francisco Chronicle reports. Local retailers and restaurant owners have complained that the influx of new tech… READ MORE

Facebook explores $2.4 billion commuter railway and roads to link its Fremont and Menlo Park campuses

Facebook explores $2.4 billion commuter railway and roads to link its Fremont and Menlo Park campuses

The social media giant, along with infrastructure developer Plenary Group and SamTrans, are trying to pin down how, exactly, to fund the massive Dumbarton corridor revamp that would bring necessary traffic relief to the region. Facebook is exploring what it would take to finally build a commuter rail across Dumbarton corridor — a move that would… 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

Fisherman’s Wharf Reveals Strategy To Reel In More Locals

Fisherman’s Wharf Reveals Strategy To Reel In More Locals

When’s the last time you had clam chowder in a sourdough bowl? The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (FWCBD) today released a 70-page retail strategy report that outlines its vision for luring more locals to the city’s top tourist destination. The comprehensive document, a year in the making, focuses on business, entertainment, appearance, safety, marketing and the… 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

The $500 million plan to fix Millennium Tower

The $500 million plan to fix Millennium Tower

Engineers would bolt half of troubled building to bedrock The 58-story Millennium Tower cost an estimated $350 million to build in 2008, but the cost to fix the sinking and tilting skyscraper may climb even higher, reaching even to $500 million. San Francisco Chronicle’s Mattier and Ross—who first broke the story of the Millennium Tower’s meandering foundations in… READ MORE

Frustration Mounts as Timing for New Transit Center Slips Again

Frustration Mounts as Timing for New Transit Center Slips Again

Latest report marks July 2018 as the new completion date. As we reported last month: While the 5.4-acre rooftop park atop San Francisco’s future Transbay/Salesforce Transit Center is on track to be fully planted, landscaped and construction complete in June, the timing to complete the $2.3 billion building below has slipped anew. Originally expected to be substantially complete… READ MORE

Will new Opportunity Zones lift up economic activity in the Bay Area’s poorest areas?

Will new Opportunity Zones lift up economic activity in the Bay Area’s poorest areas?

A new federal program aims to bring new money into poor areas that haven’t seen significant job and wage growth even as the stock market and corporate earnings have boomed. On a 157-acre swathe of waterfront land on Mare Island, the City of Vallejo wants to see 1 million square feet of new commercial space… READ MORE

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