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San Francisco School Board member Alison Collins and her husband Chris Collins, a veteran real estate developer, illegally completed construction without proper building permits at their troubled Russian Hill property, the city said Thursday after finding new violations.

The Collins also failed to have all construction, electrical and plumbing inspected, resulting in an “unsafe building”, according to a Department of Building Inspection notice reviewed by The Chronicle.

Thursday’s notice of violation is a new decision by the city. It comes a week after the Planning Department ruled the Collins illegally merged two apartments to create a larger home which they unsuccessfully tried to sell in 2019. The Building Department’s new findings constitute violations additional charges and are subject to separate fines.

The Collins face new fines estimated at $4,636, a number that could increase after the city investigates plumbing or electrical permit violations, said Patrick Hannan, a building department spokesman.

They must file a new building permit with plans to correct the violations within 30 days and complete the work within 90 days. Since the violations are not a “life and safety issue,” the property can continue to be occupied, Hannan said.

Alison and Chris Collins did not respond to a request for comment. The Chronicle does not publish the address of the building due to the risk of harassment.

Department of Building Inspection personnel visited the property on April 23 and found several examples of construction work that deviated from city approvals. A washer and dryer were removed from the basement and replaced with a wet bar, a shower in the basement was installed without approval, and a downstairs bedroom had no closet partitions and was converted in the office, according to the notice of violation.

An April 4 complaint alleges an illegal merger at a property owned by Alison and Chris Collins.

Complaint from the San Francisco Planning Department

The second floor had an unauthorized sliding door that connected the upper and lower units, and a kitchen on the upper floor was removed and replaced with a full bedroom, creating an illegal merger of the two units. A planning inspector entered the property earlier this month and also concluded there was an illegal merger.

The city is asking the Collins to apply for a building permit to allow all the changes, including connecting floors, converting the kitchen to a bedroom, and a bar in the hallway. Alternatively, they can reinstate all work to what was previously approved. They will also need to obtain separate plumbing and electrical permits which require planning approval.

The Collins also wrote to the planning department to schedule a phone call to discuss how to resolve the illegal merger violation, a department spokeswoman told The Chronicle.

The property was listed for sale as a single family home with an asking price of $3.25 million in 2019. It was never sold and is no longer on the market.

The city has now confirmed the main allegations detailed in an anonymous 103-page complaint submitted to the planning department earlier this month, which alleged the illegal merger and illegal permits. The complaint came shortly after an uproar in March over tweets by Alison Collins in 2016 that were critical of Asian Americans.

Collins is suing the school district and five of his fellow school board members for $87 million after he was removed from his position as vice chairman of the board over the tweets. She is also facing a recall campaign. The mayor and 10 supervisors called for her to resign, which she refused.

Roland Li is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @rolandlisf