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Affordable Housing, Open Space Big Winners in Updated 5M

Forest City Development recently modified its plans for the mixed-use project at Fifth and Mission streets, known as 5M. The developer has held a series of public meetings to build local support for the project and get feedback from neighbors, similar to meetings held for neighbors of Forest City’s Pier 70 project, which succeeded in winning community backing.

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Deal Between Developer, Opponents Avoids Ballot Initiative

The redevelopment of the San Francisco Flower Mart at Sixth and Brannan streets will move forward now that the owner of the market and the market’s tenants have reached an agreement that satisfies the concerns of both the tenants and the opponents of the project.

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Martin Building acquires 1.2 acre lot adjacent to the former Schlage Lock factory site

Martin Building Company has announced plans to develop housing on a site adjacent to Universal Paragon’s development at the former Schlage Lock factory site in Visitacion Valley.

2000 Bryant Slammed as ‘Inadequately Affordable and Exploitative’

The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council passed a resolution last month expressing its opposition to the project proposed for 2000 Bryant St. The resolution declares that the project in the Mission is an “inadequately affordable and exploitative housing development” that does not address the affordability crisis in the Mission District.

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Last month, San Francisco Giants ownership unveiled a revised plan for its Mission Rock development south of AT&T Park. The team also kicked off a campaign to win voter approval for the project through a ballot measure. The Mission Rock measure needs 9,702 signatures before July 6 to qualify for the November 2015 ballot. The measure is in response to Proposition B, which requires voter approval for waterfront developments on port property that exceed current height limits.

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Herrero Builders CEO Mark Herrero had a clear message for Safety Week.

“We want our workers to know that when they have to make a choice between doing something faster, cheaper or safer, the right choice is always safer,” Herrero told Organized Labor at a Safety Week event at the site of the Van Ness and Geary campus of the California Pacific Medical Center last month. “If they see an unsafe condition, they have our full support to tell their supervisor, ‘I don’t feel comfortable with this situation. It’s not safe.’”

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San Francisco’s guiding principle of ensuring that a sizable amount of workers hired for public construction projects are local will be reviewed over the next two years.

The city’s Local Hire policy will continue to require that 30 percent of workers on public construction projects are local for the next two years. The Board of Supervisors voted to extend the legislative review period of the policy for an additional 24 months in March and to maintain the current requirement of 30 percent during the extended review period.

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The Golden State Warriors released new renderings of a two-building office complex to be built adjacent to their planned arena in Mission Bay. Last year, the Warriors’ ownership team purchased the 12-acre parcel at Third and 16th streets from Salesforce.com, after the tech company abandoned its plan for a campus there.

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North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) held its Legislative Conference in April in Washington, D.C., where Building Trades union members got an opportunity to learn about important legislation and build support among members of Congress.

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