|Andrew J. Nilsen|
|In the midst of sextupling the size of a home at 125 Crown Terrace, it collapsed Monday -- angering opponents who predicted such an end.|
Neighbors have, for years, argued
that the definition of the term "remodel" was being stretched to the breaking point by a Twin Peaks home at 125 Crown Terrace
: a "remodel" from 854-square-feet to 5,139-square-feet.
It turns more was being strained than credulity and semantics.
At around 10:40 p.m. on Monday, portions of the "major alteration" job collapsed and tumbled down a steep hill from Crown Terrace onto Graystone Terrace below.
This occurred on a temperate and dry evening.
The home -- owned by influential developer and former Building Inspection Commission President Mel Murphy, now a Port Commissioner -- was the subject of a December 2012 SF Weekly cover story
. That article examined the loopholes city builders use to essentially demolish small, affordable residences and "remodel" them into monster homes for huge profits.
Following countless legal missives, conferences, and hearings before the Planning Commission
and Board of Appeals
, the city determined that this sextupling of a structure was a code-conforming "remodel," and not a "demolition." Demolishing affordable family housing is essentially verboten in this city. But a "major alteration" into a massive structure in no way resembling its former iteration is, demonstrably, permitted.
"Well, it's a demolition now!" cracked attorney Stephen Williams, who represented several of Murphy's neighbors in a protracted legal battle. "This is exactly what we said was going to happen."