Serial Evictor Urban Green evicts all tenants from 55 Dolores in 2013
97 Year old Mary Elizabeth Phillips has lived in the apartment for 50 years. The building houses teachers, nurses, scientists, and restaurant workers, many of whom have lived in their units for 20 years or more. Some are disabled and elderly. Before Mary dies in her unit at age 100, all of Mary's support community and neighbors move out. In 2017 Erin Thompson, a real estate agent with a long partnership with Urban Green - they founded Summit Real Estate Group together - markets the units at 55 Dolores.
The owner of the bank, Scott Seligman founded the bank with his father in 1984, and continues to manage the family’s Michigan apartment portfolio, malls in Hawaii and Texas; power centers in Nevada; multi-tenant industrial buildings, offices and apartment complexes in California.
Seligman has been singled out as the ugly face of gentrification in San Francisco by none other than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the famed poet and owner of City Lights books. Back in 2001 Seligman was in the process of evicting tenants from a building he controlled in the Mid-Market area (the same part of San Francisco now being colonized by Twitter thanks to a big tax break the Board of Supervisors gave the company). In a press release Ferlinghetti lashed out:“A developer from Michigan, Scott Seligman, who runs Sterling Bank and Seligman Western Enterprises, wants to gentrify the Mid-Market zone. Not to make the City a better place but to make his bank account a little fatter. He wants a better class of tenant. No more photographers or poets or translators or editors or painters. No more small businesses serving the City. No more small nonprofits, like Streetside Stories, which publishes work by 650 middle school kids every year to foster a love of reading and writing.”
Who bought the units?
Urban Green bought the building for $2,550,000 (2012)
Total gross for sold units $7,915,000 (2017)
The buyers work in the tech industry.
EVICTED: A nurse at San Francisco General Hospital
REPLACED BY: APPLE employee: Wyn Wright; Erick Ducut, psychiatrist
EVICTED: an elderly award-winning scientist, disabled, who lived in the apartment for 20+ years
REPLACED BY: GOOGLE employees: Christopher Bian, and Nina Ong
EVICTED: 100 year old woman who lived in the apartment for 50+ years
REPLACED BY: Investor: Paul Robert and Ann Theresa Kerr - they own properties in San Diego and Los Gatos
EVICTED: A teacher with SFUSD who lived in the apartment for 20+ years
REPLACED BY: APPLE employee: Aaron Thompson (name is common, similar to Real Estate agent’s name Erin Thompson)
EVICTED: A special education teacher, restaurant workers and baby
REPLACED BY: TESLA employee: Robert David Sumpf, Jr.