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Exploring On Site Materials Reuse For The Kirkham Project

Westlake Urban is teaming up with Watershed Materials and Alpha Group to explore a solution to a problem that real estate developers often face – excavation that has to be moved off a construction site to make way for new buildings. Rather than haul off all of the excavation material and then import thousands of concrete masonry units (CMUs) […]

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Neighbors And Residents Raise Concerns At Kirkham Heights Forum

On Monday night, the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible Persons (SHARP) hosted a forum on the planned Kirkham Heights redevelopment project, near Fifth Avenue and Kirkham. Representatives of the site’s owners gave a detailed presentation to the standing-room-only crowd, addressing audience questions and concerns about the project’s potential impact on the community. Westlake Urban has owned the […]

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The missing middle: San Francisco developers rethink how to build housing in reach of the middle class

For four decades, real estate developer Westlake Urban has held onto a six-acre slice of sloped, winding land where 86 rent-controlled housing units sit in the shadow of the forested Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve. But it will soon be time for big changes. San Mateo-based Westlake Urban is shooting to turn the Kirkham Heights […]

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Taking Stock of the Planned Kirkham Heights Development

On Thursday, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) nonprofit organized a tour of Kirkham Heights, an 86-unit apartment complex in the Inner Sunset that was built in 1950. The plan has been generating intense local debate after it was announced last fall and as outreach rolled out over the winter. We decided to tag along to hear about […]

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What It Takes To Buy A House In The Inner Sunset

The Inner Sunset has grown in prominence as a hot San Francisco real estate market, and we caught up with Ilana Minkoff, a realtor with Vanguard Properties, to learn more. Although she helps clients buy and sell across the city, Minkoff shared insights into the unique challenges of purchasing real estate right here in the […]

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Kirkham Heights Redevelopment Outreach Effort in Full Swing

After 64 years, Kirkham Heights Apartments in the Inner Sunset is preparing for a makeover that could increase its housing stock by a multiple of five without, developers say, significantly expanding its existing footprint. If approved, the new complex will be the densest housing development between Twin Peaks and Parkmerced, but owner Westlake Urban says its plan will create […]

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Westlake Urban proposes 460-unit project near UCSF’s Parnassus campus

Westlake Urban LLC is pushing ahead on redeveloping the 64-year-old Kirkham Heights Apartments in the Inner Sunset into a 460-unit complex, the largest residential development ever proposed for the neighborhood. Besides the picturesque views, one distinguishing feature of the aging apartments is the carports that sit beneath the units. But those also show how out-of-date the property […]

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Builder proposes 460-unit housing complex in Inner Sunset

San Francisco’s west side may finally getting a piece of the city’s residential building boom. A longtime Inner Sunset property owner is proposing to build the largest residential development the Inner Sunset has ever seen, a 460-unit project nestled into the hillside on 6.3 acres below Mount Sutro. San Mateo builder Westlake Urban has filed […]