Experience

655 Folsom – Forton Fund

Provided land use advice for a residential project in San Francisco.

AvalonBay Communities/BRIDGE Housing Corporation – Balboa Reservoir Project

Land use and real estate counsel to a partnership of AvalonBay and BRIDGE Housing seeking to purchase a 13-acre vacant reservoir site from the City and County of San Francisco and develop an 1,100 unit mixed-income development, including negotiation of a land disposition agreement, general plan amendments, rezoning and development agreement.

Group I: 950 Market Street

Land use and real estate counsel to Group I in obtaining land use entitlements, including enactment of a special zoning exemption, for construction of a mixed use hotel/residential/retail project in San Francisco Mid-Market/Tenderloin neighborhood and negotiating a hotel services agreement.

55 Laguna (UC Extension Site), San Francisco

After obtaining land use entitlements, including general plan amendments, rezoning and conditional use approvals for the 55 Laguna mixed-use development project located at the former University of California Berkeley Extension Campus in San Francisco, we prevailed in the Superior Court and Court of Appeal (unpublished decision) defending client AF Evans Development, Inc. in a CEQA lawsuit challenging the City of San Francisco's approvals for the project (Save the Laguna Street Campus v. City and County of San Francisco, et al.). 55 Laguna provides multifamily apartments, affordable senior units, public spaces, and retail space. The project includes a combination of new construction, the adaptive reuse of three historically significant buildings and the demolition of two others, which was the focus of the litigation.

Nob Hill Masonic Center, San Francisco

Assisted the Freemasons of California and concert promoter Live Nation in obtaining permits to reposition the historic Masonic Auditorium as a major concert venue, including the successful defense of several lawsuits challenging the approvals.

1150 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco

Assisted AvalonBay Communities in obtaining land use entitlements for a mixed-use project including 173 residential units and a grocery store.  The project required a rezoning of the site and negotiation of an infrastructure "in-kind" agreement allowing the development to construct needed on-site infrastructure improvements in lieu of paying impact fees.

333 Harrison Street, San Francisco

For Emerald Fund, Inc., obtained entitlements for a 300+ unit apartment project, fronted by a new public park, in San Francisco's emerging Rincon Hill neighborhood.

3400 Cesar Chavez/555 Bartlett Street, San Francisco

In the face of well-organized opposition, we assisted Seven Hill Properties resist a CEQA appeal to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and obtain entitlements for a mixed-use project in San Francisco's Mission District.

800 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco

Obtained entitlements for the subdivision of a large site near Lake Merced in southwestern San Francisco into 121 lots for the construction of 182 single-family homes and duplexes.  After defeating an administrative appeal of the project's mitigated negative declaration, we successfully defended the project approvals in the Superior Court and California Court of Appeal, and successfully defended a separate Superior Court challenge to the City's issuance of a tree removal permit.

888 Brannan Street, San Francisco

Representing SKS Investments in converting an historic but obsolete industrial and showroom building to a state-of-the art technology office building in San Francisco’s South of Market district. 

8th and Harrison Street and 1000 16th Street, San Francisco

Counsel to Archstone in obtaining land use entitlements for two 400+ unit residential projects in San Francisco’s South of Market and Potrero Hill districts.

AvalonBay Communities

We assisted AvalonBay Communities in obtaining land use entitlements for a mixed-use project including 173 residential units and a grocery store at 1150 Ocean Avenue in Supervisorial District 7.  The project required a rezoning of the site and negotiation of an infrastructure “in-kind” agreement allowing the development to construct needed on-site infrastructure improvements in lieu of paying impact fees.

BRIDGE Housing Corporation Land Use Entitlements

We represent BRIDGE in obtaining land use entitlements for the 4840 Mission project in San Francisco, which like 250 Laguna Honda Boulevard, was awarded a Proposition A grant.

BRIDGE Housing Corporation Public Housing Replacement Project

We are land use counsel to BRIDGE for the Potrero Terrace and Annex HOPE-SF public housing replacement project that will redevelop two dilapidated public housing sites into a 1700-unit mixed income development, including replacement 1 for 1 of the public housing units.  We assisted in preparation of the EIR/EIS, creation of a special use district, and the negotiation of a Development Agreement between the San Francisco Housing Authority, the City and BRIDGE.

Institute on Aging/BRIDGE Housing Corporation

Assisted the Institute on Aging and BRIDGE Housing Corporation in obtaining land use entitlements to demolish the vacant Coronet Theater in San Francisco’s Richmond District and replace it with a mixed-use project containing two floors of health and social services for seniors and low-income senior rental units above.  In the face of intense opposition from some immediate neighbors, we obtained unanimous votes from both the San Francisco Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, and successfully defended the project’s EIR and use permit in San Francisco Superior Court. 

Mercy Housing California

We successfully represented Mercy Housing in defending the project entitlements for the San Lorenzo Senior Housing project, including prevailing in the Alameda County Superior Court and the California Court of Appeal (Hancocks v. County of Alameda).

Mercy Housing/Related California

We are land use counsel to Sunnydale Development Company, a joint venture of Mercy Housing California and Related California for the Sunnydale HOPE-SF public housing replacement project that will redevelop a dilapidated public housing site into a 1700-unit mixed income development, including replacement 1 for 1 of the public housing units.  We assisted in preparation of the EIR/EIS, creation of a special use district, and the negotiation of a Development Agreement between the San Francisco Housing Authority, the City and Sunnydale Development Company.

Nick Podell Companies

In 2016, we obtained land use entitlements for a controversial residential project in San Francisco’s Mission District at 2000 Bryant Street, dubbed the “Beast on Bryant” by project opponents, including obtaining a unanimous vote at the Board of Supervisors to reject an appeal of the project’s CEQA exemption and large project authorization.  We worked extensively with the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development to fashion a land dedication alternative to satisfy the project’s inclusionary housing obligation and enable MOHCD to build a 100% affordable development on a portion of the project site.

One Rincon Hill, San Francisco

Obtained the land use entitlements for our client Urban West Associates of San Diego to construct two high-rise residential towers atop San Francisco's Rincon Hill, one of 59 stories and the other of 47 stories, totaling 709 condominiums and townhouses.  Our representation included negotiating a General Plan amendment and rezoning for the entire Rincon Hill area, obtaining a height limit increase from 200 feet to 550 feet, obtaining permits to demolish a historic structure on the site, negotiating a feasible impact fee package and the formation of a Mello-Roos community facilities district to finance those fees.

Parcel P and 55 Ninth Street, San Francisco

Representing AvalonBay Communities in obtaining entitlements for two large apartment developments in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley and Mid-Market neighborhoods.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Represented SFMOMA in obtaining land use approvals for a major expansion of its facilities in the Yerba Buena district of San Francisco, including new galleries to display the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection.  The project included the relocation of a City fire station off-site, acquisition of City property, air rights and right-of-way, and the replacement of two historic resources with the museum addition and new fire station.

San Francisco Overlook

We represented San Francisco Overlook Development in obtaining entitlements for its Crestmont Drive residential development in the Forest Knolls neighborhood of San Francisco located in Supervisorial District 7, and then assisted the team settle a lawsuit brought against the project by the adjacent homeowners association.

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

We have represented TNDC on numerous affordable housing projects in San Francisco, including the Rosa Parks II senior project in the Western Addition, the Kelly Cullen Community and the Eddy and Taylor Family Housing in the Tenderloin neighborhood.  We are currently assisting TNDC in obtaining entitlements for the 909 Howard Street project in the South of Market neighborhood.

The Gas Light Building, San Francisco

Obtained both local landmark and conditional use authorization to add an interior floor and to make certain revisions to the exterior of the Gas Light Building in San Francisco.