Newsletter

Newsletter
Housing | June 7, 2017
THIS WEEK ON THE SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA 
News that Impacts Your Quality of Life

SF Peninsula news is fast-moving and busy residents struggle to stay informed.  SFPNA collects news on housing, jobs and transportation and places it into useful context. The overriding objective is to promote residential quality of life.

The newsletter is edited by two Palo Alto residents, Neilson Buchanan and John Guislin, who have no ties to developers or government organizations.  Regional citizen leaders guide article selection.

HOUSING
               This issue is focused on stories about housing issues.
 Rent Going Wobbly?
 Expert predicts Bay Area apartment rents headed for steep drop-off.  The report echoes other market signals that suggest a cooling Bay Area housing market, in part due to an influx of thousands of new apartments to the region’s housing stock.  
 Opinions Inflate and Inflame
 Over-exuberance escalates in YIMBY housing debates. Truth-out.org
 CPR for Hillsdale Apartments
 Proposal for Hillsdale’s old motel and self-car wash may be revived with 152 units on three acres. San Mateo Daily Journal
 Construction Costs Escalate
 Just when you thought costs could not get worse…well, they might go higher.  Labor, lumber, concrete… components are projected to increase.  More articles on lumber and housing costs to follow. Silicon Valley Business Journal
 Can’t get There from Here
 South San Francisco residents complain that they cannot park in front of their own homes…..but city officials believe a neighborhood parking permit program will not work.  [Editors’ Note:  Palo Alto has implemented 5 successful neighborhood programs.]  San Mateo Daily Journal
Hotels not Housing
Despite neighborhood opposition, a proposal to build two five-story Marriott hotels scored a big victory when Palo Alto’s Architectural Review Board untangled competing ideas and endorsed the hotel project.  
 Housing at the Farm
 Stanford University is seeking county permission for 1,600 new housing units adjacent to Palo Alto neighborhood.  Housing would be more than half of proposed new housing.  Stanford anticipates increase of 1,700 students over 17 years. PaloAltoOnline
Yea and Nay
Portola Valley may allow larger granny units than state requires but will limit commercial use such as Airbnb.  Of the 1,376 parcels in town, 972 home may qualify. AlmanacNews

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