by JIM MEKO
An early morning fire this past Sunday did to the so-called purple building on 11th Street what years of controversy failed to do.
Once the target of anti-residential zeal, the entertainment lobby convinced Supervisor Jane Kim to change the zoning along 11th Street from WMUG (friendly to residential development) to WMUO (mixed-use office), which precludes housing. Entertainment advocates had pushed for a down-zoning to service and industrial uses but Kim and the Planning Commission chose instead to create a different sort of up-zoning. The residential project proposed for the site has since been changed to an office development.
A hearing at the Planning Commission is set for August 1, 2013 to clear the way forward for a 9-story housing project that contains 67 permanently affordable units at the corner of 6th and Howard Streets. The site is currently home to Brian Goggin’s multi-disciplinary sculptural mural titled “Defenestration.” Continue reading
The Central Market Community Benefit District (CMCBD) is getting ready to renew and possibly expand its neighborhood services in the greater Central Market and SoMa area. The CBD promises to create a cleaner, safer and more inviting neighborhood.
Learn more about the CMCBD and its neighborhood programs by attending one of two meet and greets, scheduled on March 19 and 27. Hear about the CMCBD’s renewal and proposed expansion of its community services. Meet the CMCBD Board, Staff, Steering Committee, Community Guides, Clean Team and Partners. Continue reading
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posted on http://www.rinconhillsf.org on January 14, 2013:
In case you did not get a chance to see any of the activities on the western span’s north side over the weekend related to testing of The Bay Lights project, here’s a bit of video from Sunday night (January 13, 2013). Please consider giving $50 to sponsor one of the 25,000 lights to make this art project happen!
SOMArts Cultural Center and SF Camerawork present a unique opportunity to get to know the hidden history of South of Market. In conjunction with local muralist Susan Greene’s “Bending over Backward” installation (appearing in the exhibition Performing Community, July 6–28 at SOMArts Cultural Center), Chris Carlsson of Shaping San Francisco will lead a free walking tour to help you discover lost layers of history. Continue reading
A press release from Folsom Street Events:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Wednesday, March 28, 2012) – The Board of Directors of Folsom Street Events announced this year’s line up of its Major and Supporting beneficiaries today. Net proceeds from five key San Francisco leather and fetish events (Bay of Pigs™, Up Your Alley®, Magnitude®, Folsom Street Fair®, and DEVIANTS™) will be donated to local charities working in public health, human services, and the arts. Last year, Folsom Street Events donated over $330,000 to local and national charities in need. Continue reading
At this afternoon’s Planning Commission presentation of the Western SoMa Community Plan, it was suggested during public comment that the light industrial zoning south of Harrison Street be extended into the 11th Street area because, under that new zoning category, entertainment would become a permitted use. The Task Force liberalized the zoning because new housing in the SALI (Service, Arts and Light Industrial) district would not be allowed.
That would be an interesting switcheroo. Housing, currently as-of-right, would suddenly find itself a non-permitted use and entertainment, grandfathered in as a legal, nonconforming use, would become a fully permitted use. The Planning Commissioners, often sympathetic to fun sounding notions — particularly if they are not personally impacted — might very well consider making the swap. Continue reading
The Western SoMa Citizens Planning Task Force is preparing to introduce the Proposal for Adoption of the Western SoMa Community Plan to the Planning Commission. This is the beginning of the final stage in the adoption process. The Task Force is scheduled to make informational presentations to the Planning Commission on September 8 and October 13. The first presentation will focus on the Community Plan itself, along with public benefits policies and implementation measures. The October 13th presentation will concentrate on the Design Standards, Community Stabilization Policy, Social Heritage Districts and Planning Code changes. Continue reading
Board president (and Mayoral candidate) David Chiu will be piloting a small private plane, with college roommate Jane Kim in tow, to this weekend’s Burning Man. Staying one day, tickets compliments of the organizers, city hall staff working out the kinks ahead of their arrival. See the Bay Guardian for more details. Continue reading