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Our approach is to maximize the value of underutilized land. Where others may see an abandoned building or a neglected lot, we see the potential for a thriving new residential or mixed-use community.

Transformation

A heightened understanding of Bay Area real estate empowers us to transform stagnant areas into energetic hubs for people to call home. Over the past 20 years, we have established the necessary relationships with local agencies, elected officials, and regulators to secure entitlements that are supportive of our mutual objectives. Our multi-step process begins with recognizing the value of underutilized land. From there, we accurately assess property value with landowners; conceptualize a development strategy to optimize that value; coordinate a team of specialists; respond to community feedback; work with cities and regulatory agencies for project approval; and ultimately build that vision.

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A comprehensive look at what we do when it comes to transformation.

RECOGNIZING VALUE IN UNDERUTILIZED LAND

Optimizing the value of underutilized property is the linchpin of our success. Our 20 years’ experience gives us sharp insights into Bay Area real estate and enables us to accurately value properties with landowners.

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER VISIONING & DESIGN

Developments impact diverse populations. We combine investor, government, and community interests to create plans that are economically viable and supportive of communities. For example, Broadway Grand was part of a larger plan to revitalize the Uptown District, a rising neighborhood in Oakland.

COMPLEX ENTITLEMENTS

SDG specializes in gaining approvals for the right to develop property located in challenging and sensitive areas. Post-industrial plots, outdated retail sites, and waterfront land are notoriously difficult to develop, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area. We continue to have success redeveloping these types of areas.

REZONING APPROVALS

SDG deals with sites that need to be repurposed to meet the needs and desires of the current community. Former industrial sites and outdated factories may need to be rezoned, and we successfully manage those complicated approvals.

LONG-TERM LAND PLANNING & DESIGN

Planning ahead means our developments are agile enough to meet the criteria of changing conditions. Our 64-acre master plan for Brooklyn Basin accounts for a multi-year build-out with strategic partners in place to help us realize that plan.

CITY REGULATORY AGENCY COLLABORATION

We accomplish our development goals with the support and approval of countless community and government groups–important allies in transformational development today. Each of our developments, from single-family suburban homes to high-density urban infill, is built with the approval of these governing bodies.

Case Study

Zoning for new uses.

We leveraged exacting legal expertise to navigate a complex entitlement process, ultimately gaining rights to change a post-industrial parcel into a new waterfront district. Brooklyn Basin’s 64 acres are now rezoned for residential, commercial and parks and open space.

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Our commitment to transformation.

Paul Nieto, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT

Our vision for excellence begins with transformational development. It’s important that we maximize the economic and societal value of neglected land. Where others may see an abandoned building or a vacant lot, we see the potential for a thriving new community.

We understand the opportunity new resources like beautiful homes, parks, grocery stores, retail, and commercial spaces bring. Not only do our developments aim to amplify the viability of neighborhoods and cities, but they have the potential to leave lasting economic and social impact.

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Marquis
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