Will $20M food complex feed Chinatown's revival?

When George Chen and his partners were looking to open a new Chinese eatery, they initially didn’t even consider Chinatown.

But then they found two adjacent retail properties at 644 and 660 Broadway that would give them 100 feet of street frontage. Cypress Properties had recently purchased 660 Broadway and was looking for a new anchor tenant that would be a destination.



Rehabilitation Funds: Mayor Announces $80M Grant for Rehabilitation Facility


Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)’s award of a $80 million grant to San Francisco under Senate Bill 863 to replace County Jails #3 and #4 in the City’s Hall of Justice and finance a $240 million Rehabilitation Detention Facility – a smaller facility with 384 beds, reducing capacity overall by 20 percent and adding Supportive Services’ Program Spaces for counseling, classrooms, computers and vocational training and a Medical and Mental Health Unit for drug and mental health treatment programs:

“We are not rebuilding a City jail; this is an innovative approach to criminal justice with a focus on rehabilitation and reentry. The City’s need for a smaller facility demonstrates our success in providing high-quality rehabilitative programs and alternatives to detention. The new Rehabilitation Detention Facility will provide a safe, secure and humane environment for inmates and staff, and aligns with our City’s rehabilitation and reentry strategies. The construction of a replacement facility as the Hall of Justice becomes inoperable will also save the City tens of millions of dollars in temporary housing costs while a new facility is built. Thank you to Governor Brown for this $80 million grant to help kick start our effort to build a new, state of the art facility with world class services, and thank you to our taxpayers for making sure we invest in our infrastructure, responsibly and efficiently.”