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The Residential Builders Association of San Francisco also known as the RBA represents more than 300 of the most reputable and successful firms in the construction industry

As an Association, the RBA is dedicated to improving conditions and enhancing the common interest of the construction industry in San Francisco. Through business networking, industry forums and strong representation and advocacy to government and professional bodies on a local and regional level the RBA continues to progressively disseminate vital industry information to its membership.


August 8, 2017

A recording sound studio, photo light box and 3D printers will join a new Maker Sphere across three locations on the City College of San Francisco’s campus.

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Last month, the college received a $350,000 grant to help students develop skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics — also known as STEAM.

“We are creating a new space and learning environment where students can engage in learning 21st century skills,” CCSF spokesperson Jeff Hamilton said in an email. “Our students are already ‘makers’ and have been for a long time. This grant allows us to engage in cross-disciplinary learning, bringing together the skills and expertise of many of our maker departments.”

Each of the three makerspace locations will of...

August 8, 2017

For the 120 units that opened up at the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Housing and Senior Center, located at 1751 Carroll Ave., 4,126 affordable housing hopefuls applied by entering a lottery, according to a report presented at the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure meeting on Tuesday.

San Francisco uses a lottery for anyone who wishes to move into a below-market rate home.

There were 117 one-bedroom units, three two-bedroom units and one manager unit available in the project built last year in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood.

The units were for those earning up to 50 percent of the area median income.

For each applicant, there were what are known as preferences of those who are first in line for the units. In this ca...

July 25, 2017

Housing for veterans and the formerly homeless is on the chopping block on Thursday after San Francisco sued a landlord for allegedly converting single-family homes into cramped dwellings for vulnerable tenants to turn a profit.

In the midst of a housing crisis, landlord Judy Wu is seeking approval to remove 15 unauthorized units from eight of the dozen houses she rents in the Bayview to veterans and very low-income tenants, according to the Planning Department.

Concerned about displacement, tenant Fred Bryant filed applications for the Planning Commission to take a closer look on Thursday into the removal of units at each of the properties.

The situation has put city officials in a tight spot. City planners are generally against removing...

July 21, 2017

Dear YIMBYs,

Lobbying for market-rate development without a strategy to keep low-income, senior and disabled tenants in their neighborhoods is pro-displacement, not pro-housing, as your platform implies. Calling for housing deregulation won’t solve our housing crisis; it will simply make rich people richer — look at what deregulation and privatization have done to other basic needs like water and health care.

Developers trade housing on the stock exchange as a means to commodify, not provide for, our basic needs. The thousands of residents facing eviction and homelessness every day throughout the Bay Area need you to prioritize their rights to a roof, to their homes and to The City. Their lives and futures can’t depend on brutal, unfette...

July 18, 2017

The architect behind a rare four-story housing development in the Outer Sunset said he is considering using the new density bonus program in San Francisco to build more units and a taller structure than currently planned.

Architect Kodor Baalbaki designed the plans for a mixed-use building with 18 residential units at Lawton Street and 42nd Avenue, the current site of a 76 gas station. Proposed in June, the plans include two below-market-rate units under Proposition C’s inclusionary housing requirements.

The project is likely raising eyebrows in the Sunset for proposing a building taller than the two-story houses that fill the neighborhood. The Outer Sunset has one of the highest numbers of single-family homes in San Francisco and has la...

July 11, 2017

San Francisco continued to hash out details Tuesday of a proposed law requiring developers to build affordable housing even as the Board of Supervisors has celebrated on more than one occasion — including Tuesday — that a deal was reached.

A vote on the law was postponed for hours as amendments were hammered out behind the scenes, but ultimately the board unanimously approved the new inclusionary housing requirements.

Board members and labor leaders who helped negotiate the deal for months held a rally on Civic Center Plaza prior to the meeting, celebrating the deal. They called on those who were displaced from San Francisco to apply for these yet-to-be-built affordable homes.

“This policy is expected to generate between 800 and 2,000 aff...

July 6, 2017

Dominic Calabrese has run an automobile shop on the corner of 23rd Street and Treat Avenue since 1980, fixing and building old-school cars that he says “other people won’t build.”

But he says his long-time landlord has asked him to pay more rent in recent years as the Mission has changed with the tech boom, and the future has become unclear for Cal’s Automotive Center while Calabrese negotiates a new lease with the owner.

“I love where I’m at,” said Calabrese, 58. “It’s just all this other stuff has moved around me, it’s like mosquitos and I have to have more spray so I don’t get bit.”

Cal’s Automotive Center is just one of many automobile shops that have struggled stay open in the Mission District in recent years. Calabrese said he has s...

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