SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco attorney who specializes in office remodels and renovates office buildings is suing a building owner and landlord for over $50 million.
A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered an injunction against the developer of a luxury apartment building that includes a new, 24-foot-tall tower and plans to install more than 150 new office units in the building, a San Francisco real estate attorney said.
The case is the latest in a long line of lawsuits alleging the development will have adverse impacts on residential neighborhoods, and could be used by future developers to avoid paying fair market value for the land and buildings, said attorney Mark Gorton, who represents developer Robert Zentner, who has been involved in the San Francisco redevelopment boom.
The lawsuit also names several other developers, including the developers of the Westlake Tower, the proposed San Francisco headquarters for Apple Inc. and other developers who are also seeking to demolish the building and build apartments elsewhere.
The Zentners own the $1.1 billion Westlake Building in San Francisco’s Mission District.
The tower is scheduled to be completed in 2019, but it will not be the tallest office building in the city.
Gorton said he plans to seek a permanent injunction against Zenters building.
He also has sued the developer for breach of contract.
A city spokeswoman said the building’s development is pending and that the city’s Housing Department had no comment.