June 15, 2011

Mercy Housing set to demolish beloved blight

Since the Redevelopment Agency purchased the Hugo Hotel (200 Sixth Street) they have selected Mercy Housing California to be the developer of the site. The Hugo is Sixth Street’s oldest hotel. Shuttered and vacant since a fire burned out several rooms in 1987, the unreinforced masonry building also suffered structural damage in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. In 1997 a group of artists led by Brian Goggin transformed the Hugo into an immense sculptural mural called “Defenestration.” Scavenged furniture and appliances were modified by the artists and then cleverly affixed to the building.

Mercy Housing has asked to present their development concept to the SoMa Leadership Council tomorrow night. An entitled project is required before demolition can be allowed. What does this mean for Sixth Street? For the Arts? For the community?


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  2. Introductions
  3. Preserving what matters: update on the SoMa community stabilization policy
  4. Hugo Hotel: development concept, input and community concerns
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