S.F. gives 30-day deadline in Alison and Chris Collins' illegal apartment merger case

San Francisco building officials have given a 30-day deadline to resolve an illegal apartment merger case involving school board member Alison Collins and her husband, real estate developer Chris Collins. Dan Sider, chief of staff at the Planning...

4 comments

Best
jsx8888
jsx8888
48 · 11 days ago · Reddit

Nice to have friends in government. The DBI isn’t so nice to everyday citizens unless you pay up in bribes.

PFS_Character
PFS_Character
39 · 11 days ago · Reddit

The city found in April that the Collinses had violated city real estate laws when they merged two Russian Hill apartments to create a single-family home and completed other work without proper permits.

During a Department of Building Inspection hearing on Tuesday, Steve Panelli, the city’s chief plumbing inspector, ruled that the case be taken “under advisement” for 30 days, meaning the Collinses will have another month to fix the violations and pay fines. Tuesday’s hearing was previously scheduled in August and was delayed 30 days after the Collinses said they were working with the Planning Department to resolve it.

Is this common procedure or an indication of preferential treatment?

leofian
leofian
12 · 11 days ago · Reddit

Dan Sider, chief of staff at the Planning Department, confirmed Collins has submitted an application to build a second lower level kitchen.
“There will be some work — though perhaps not much — required to install the kitchen in the lowest level,” Sider said.

Sounds like they're converting basement space to a second unit rather than reverting the upstairs to a separate unit from the one on the main floor as originally laid out. So instead of 2 equally sized units, there will be one very large one created from the merged units and one small one.

Also, has anyone else noticed that the 100+ page complaint document has disappeared from SFPlanningGIS.org?

RmmThrowAway
RmmThrowAway
7 · 10 days ago · Reddit

He said that he is not seeking a permit to merge the two units but instead would ensure that the two separate apartments are in compliance by having two separate kitchens.

Ah yes the good old Peskin loophole of "You can get rid of as many units as you want as long as you leave a sink and stove hookup in the unit you removed without permits."