Entertainment Commissioner Glendon “Anna Conda” Hyde wants to increase the number of Place of Entertainment permits on Folsom Street and allow Limited Live Performance permits all over Western SoMa (see below). Jeez, he’s just never satisfied.
Hyde has already talked Supervisor Jane Kim into supporting the down-zoning of the 11th Street corridor to preclude residential uses because he claims that housing and nightlife are just so very incompatible. But now he wants to extend nighttime entertainment uses into some of the most densely populated parts of the Western SoMa Plan Area.
Which is it? Compatible or not? If he thinks nightclubs can co-exist with residential uses, maybe Jane Kim should reconsider the down-zoning that was just imposed on the 11th Street neighbors.
Every single building along the Folsom Street Neighborhood Commercial Corridor is adjacent to a Residential Enclave District. The Plan puts a 200 foot buffer around REDs, which would make Folsom Street off-limits to new Place of Entertainment permits. Does he want to take away that protection too?
With its 65 foot height bump, Folsom Street is targeted to provide the greatest increase of residential capacity in the entire Plan Area. There are plenty of clubs already there and they’re grandfathered in. But additional nightclubs would not only increase conflict, they would have a deadening affect on this budding neighborhood commercial corridor. Just walk down 11th Street in the daylight to see what they’ve done to that neighborhood.
And this nonsense about Limited Live Performance permits ignores all the promises former Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi made to get this legislation passed. LLP, which allows live music until 10:00 p.m., only applies to areas where entertainment is already a permitted use (with the exception of what Kim did to South Park) and in general exists only along the NCDs elsewhere in the city. In comparison, almost 90% of Supervisor Scott Wiener’s District is exempt from any form of entertainment.
Don’t forget about everything the Western SoMa Plan already does to enhance entertainment opportunities in the Western SoMa: grandfathering in every nightclub in Western SoMa; allowing them to expand; denying residential enclave status to the two alleys running parallel to 11th Street; opening up the entire area south of Harrison Street to all kinds of new entertainment uses; allowing LLP venues along the Folsom Street NCD; imposing strict new building code standards on every new residential development in the vicinity of all existing nightclub; and finally, extending entertainment rights for new construction and allowing replacement venues to grow by 25%.
So now, Jane Kim (and the Planning Commission), welcome to the “it’s just not good enough” club. We struggled for six years to try to satisfy the entertainment industry lobby but no matter what we did, it was just never good enough either. Remember, the Western SoMa Plan is a community plan, not just a party plan. It’s goal is to improve the quality of life for everyone in this district.
SoMa Leadership Council
On February 9, 2013, Clendon “Anna Conda” Hype wrote:
We invite you to join us this Thursday as a person who is concerned with the future of nightlife in SOMA.
We are meeting on Thursday at 6:30 @ the BeatBox and here is what we are up to:
The Western Soma Plan has been sent to the Board of Supervisors for their vote. This will be the last time we can organize to make the plan live up to its stated objectives, especially around the possible LGBT district.
The good news is that the plan has been adjusted to recognize the value of entertainment and community spaces, but there are still adjustments we would like to see.
The first is about 11th Street btw Folsom and Harrison. We were successful in getting the zoning on 11th street changed so that it allowed entertainment as a right of use and did not allow residential. the Zone is called WMUO. The Planning Commission grandfathered in one project in the entire WSoma plan area and it is the residential building at 340 11th street; possibly negating the zoning change. That new residential building, if allowed to be built, will bring residents into the middle of the block (it is where the Purple Building now sits). This event could trigger the gradual press towards more restrictions on the businesses. This is of concern to the BeatBox, but also to the Eagle, Lonestar, PowerHouse and Kok Bar….Losing one more venue is not what creating a LGBT friendly neighborhood is all about.
The second is the Folsom Zoning that will curtail hours to 10PM. Yes, you read that correctly, the outcome of the zoning is to restrict commercial uses to the first floor and stack residential above it. AND impose a 10PM closing time for new businesses. We need to advocate for zoning, and it exists, that allows for a 24 hour city. If not here, where?
Limited Lime permits that end at 10pm will only be offered on Folsom Street. Should all businesses on major thoroughfares be able to have this permit designed to help business thrive?
Please join the discussion or write to your Supervisor about the changes you agree with and would like to see added to the new zoning for 11th street in the final plan.
Thanks for reading and see you next Thursday.