Friday, May 5, 2017

Notes From the Corbett Heights Meeting

Corbett Heights Neighbors Meeting Notes -April 27, 2017

We had quite a good-sized group last Thursday. More than 45 people.

First - I must thank the folks who helped distribute the fliers: Ted Teipel, Kathy Flanders, Barbara Presta, Janice Low, Kazumi Matsuyama, Grace Gellerman, Cindy Valdes, Rick Johnson, Kevin Dunn and Nancy Peoples. Thank you all!

Treasurer's Report: As of last week we had 95 paid household members. We have $3897 in our bank account. Thanks to Leslie, our treasurer, for keeping track.

Shannon Ferguson, Tim Frye & Michael Corbett attended the meeting to provide public outreach about our Corbett Heights Historic Context Statement (History Project). Shannon and Tim are from the Planning Department's Historic Preservation section, and Michael Corbett is the consultant we hired and the author of the document. As you know, the project is now approaching 5 years since we started. But at over 250 pages of text, maps and old photos, we're sure you'll agree it was worth it.

After a few small additions such as page numbering and photo attributions, the Planning Department will complete its review process, during which time the document will be posted on the Department's website in order to solicit any input by CHN members.

After it completes its review and considers any comments made by our membership, the Planning Staff will recommend that it be approved. The final step is a hearing before the Historic Preservation Commission which we anticipate will adopt the document.

Tim Clinton & Paul Dawson of Dawson-Clinton: 271, 301-303 Upper Terrace.

The Dawson & Clinton team attended our meeting a year ago in April. Not much has changed during the last several months:

  • the total square footage for the 10 units is roughly 50,000 square feet.

  • the building at 301-303 Upper Terrace will be remodeled and kept as rent-controlled.

  • the 8 market-rate units will average 5327 square feet each.

  • the 2 rent-controlled units will average 3257 square feet each.

  • the lap pools, thankfully, have been scrapped.

Several of us who are keeping a keen eye on this project have countless fears about it. Will their insurance cover any damage caused by land movement? (As you have most likely seen, a huge chunk of the hill came crashing down on a car parked on Roosevelt a few months ago. And the entire hill across 17th Street from the project is currently undergoing a huge reinforcement due to the entire rock face sliding down onto 17th Street a year ago.)

Another fear is that since at least half of the projects in our area that have received their entitlements have ended up being "flipped" or sold after receiving these entitlements will this project follow that same pattern. The new owner would be able to make numerous changes to the project without going through the whole review process over again. Since Dawson & Clinton is a small firm, and since they have been working on a very similar project on Kansas Street in Potrero Hill, we feel there is a great likelihood that they also will opt to flip the project. It's difficult to imagine how such a small firm could handle two simultaneous, huge projects.

They estimate constuction time to be 2.5 years from start to completion, but we feel this is ridiculously optimistic. But even at 2.5 years, imagine the dust (silica dust is toxic to humans), noise, traffic and parking disruption and general elimination of peaceful livability in the area.

In addition, by basically tripling the size of the average home size, they are also setting a precedent for out of scale, less affordable housing that is out of context with our neighborhood.

A PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING IS TENTATIVELY SET FOR JUNE 8TH. More information on that to come!

Ozzie Rohm of Noe Neighborhood Council attended to explain and seek our support for amendments we are recommending to the Planning Department regarding its new Urban Design Guidelines. Most neighborhoods are affected by Residential Design Guidelines that have been worked out between neighborhood leaders and the Planning Department over many years. The new guidelines were initially created as a sort of umbrella guideline, but after review, representatives from neighborhood organizations across the city discovered several issues that would or could ultimately be damaging to existing guidelines.

There were 3 small but critical issues that we are hoping the Planning Department will acknowledge. The members present voted unanimously to add Corbett Heights Neighbors to the list of associations that supports these changes. Please let me know if you're interested in knowing more about this.

Corona Heights Large Residence Special Use District: In May of 2015, Supervisor Scott Wiener sponsored the Interim Zoning Controls (IZC) for Corbett and Corona Heights. The intent of this legislation was to limit the size of new or "remodeled" homes in our area, after dozens of our wonderful small, older homes were being converted into enormous, characterless behemoths. It also sought to preserve rear-yard open space. The legislation required that any developer wanting to exceed the dimensions described needed to apply for a Conditional Use permit (CU). Attaining a CU is a much more difficult and cumbersome process than the previously required Variance.

The problem we had was that every single project went the CU route, and ignored the intent of the legislation. And the Planning Department and the Commission saw nothing in the legislation that forced them to abide by this intent.

Now that the IZC has expired, a new Special Use District is being established in our neighborhood that will take over where the IZC left off. It will also retroactively affect any project from when the time when the IZC were first approved.

In addition, 3 key elements are included that will require the Department and the Commission to heed the legislation's goal. It requires that any proposed project increase the housing supply (rather than creating one single-family dwelling); maintain affordability (tripling the size of the average home in an area does not preserve affordability); is compatible with existing development.

Supervisor Sheehy has sponsored this legislation. This is an enormous bonus to our neighborhood. Please thank the supervisor for doing this! In addition to the existing boundaries of the IZC, States Street, in its entirety has been added.

A PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING TO APPROVE THIS IS SET FOR JUNE 22!!

Corbett Slope: It's been years, but work has finally begun!! Thanks to then Supervisor Wiener, funding was set aside to create a wonderful neighborhood park. The fence is down, and work to create a level, disabled-accessible platform in in process. It will have planter boxes of both wood and concrete. An entirely new irrigation system will be installed.

After this phase is complete we will begin discussion on the stairway that will connect Corbett to Market. Slowly but surely!

Corbett/Ord Triangle Park: Many thanks to Olga and Brad, and some neighbors on Douglass Street who have been responsible for keeping the park clean of trash, needles and other undesirables. They are there the 3rd Saturday of each month, from 10AM until around 1PM. Please stop by to lend a hand!

75 Mars: The owner is anticipating a move-in before the end of the month. The garden will start happening after the house is completed.

3198 Market: This is the property east and adjacent to the Miller-Joost house, and immediately below Al's Park. The owners of this land-locked parcel (they purchased it over 3 years ago) completed the whole permitting process over a year ago. They were building it for their son who was to be attending SF State. After everything he decided to go to school on the east coast instead. But now, the plan is back to the original. They should begin work on that as soon as the construction crew is assembled.

Hattie Street Fire: Last October there was a devasting fire on the NE corner of Hattie and Market. 3 homes were affected, 2 of which were determined to be a danger and were demolished. The 3rd (yellow) one from the corner was damaged. The upper unit in the yellow house is almost complete, and the lower one should be finished cometime in June. Both demolished homes will be rebuilt by the owners.

86 Ord: After "remodeling" this home a couple of years ago it was listed and sold for $4.5 million. Last month it was put on the market again for $3.875 million, and sold 2 weeks later for $4.85 million. This is why we need the new Special Use District legislation!

1965 Market/FedEx: The project sponsors are proposing two separate buildings: the Market Street facing structure would sit above a remodeled FedEx building. It would be set back about 35' from Market Street and bring the total height to 75'. The rear building, where the parking lot is now, would stand 85' above the street. More to come shortly.

2201 Market: (Catarra RE/Industrialists/Glidden Paint)(Built in 1956) The project will be 63.5' high and have 100% lot coverage. Permitted. Unsure as to the ground-breaking date.

Home Restaurant (2100 Market): In the works. The project will contain 7 stories, 62 units, a roof terrace, 2 ground floor retail spaces and a restaurant. There will also be a storefront along 14th Street.

Lucky 13 (2140 Market Street): This is another, unfortunately bland, unexciting addition to Upper Market. Unsure as to the start date.

Super Duper currently expanding into the former Check Cashing corner.

Volvo Centrum (3512 16th Street): The owner is proposing remodeling and preserving the existing garage - which is considered a historic resource. She hopes to have a large restaurant and their architectural offices on the ground floor. They also plan on adding 2 set-back floors above, providing 8 units of housing. More to come...

Interested in helping out your community?

  • We are fortunate to have several green spaces in the neighborhood. If you would be interested in helping out on any or becoming a steward please let me know.

  • Land Use: if you have knowledge in land use, or are interested in learning - either about some of the projects listed above or just in general, let me know as well.

  • Participate in some capacity in the running of Corbett Heights Neighbors.

  • Helping organize a neighborhood block party or other social event.

  • Helping distribute fliers prior to our quarterly meetings.

Membership: If you haven't paid for a while or would like to join, annual membership is $15 per year per household. Besides being used for flier printing and snacks for garden workdays, the money is used to purchase plants, any garden equipment and irrigation supplies we may need to take care of our various mini-parks. The easiest way to join is to go to our website: www.corbettheights.org, and click on the "Subscribe" button. That way, PayPal will automatically remind you next year. Or, you can send a check made out to CHN to 197 Corbett, 94114.

Thanks for your interest in the neighborhood!

- Gary





Friday, April 21, 2017

Corbett Heights Meeting Notice

PLEASE ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING OF

CORBETT HEIGHTS NEIGHBORS

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017

7:00 PM

CASTRO COMMUNITY MEETING ROOM

501 CASTRO STREET – 2ND FLOOR

(Thru the BofA doors, take stairs or elevator on right)

GUEST SPEAKERS & DISCUSSION TOPICS:

  • Dawson & Clinton will present the latest plans for what will be the largest project in our neighborhood's history - Upper Terrace/Roosevelt/17th Sts.

  • Shannon Ferguson (Planning Dept.) and Michael Corbett (author of our Corbett Heights Historic Context Statement) will discuss the remaining steps required to complete the project. Copies available for viewing.

  • Ozzie Rohm of Noe Neighborhood Council will discuss critical changes to the Planning Department's new Urban Design Guidelines and how they would/could have a negative impact on our neighborhood.

    Corbett Slope Updates - the fence is down!

  • Castro & Upper Market Development Projects

  • and more...

SO PLEASE ATTEND AND MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS!

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Membership is not required to attend meetings. Those who pay dues ($20/year)*

receive regular email updates, assist with printing costs, and contribute towards neighborhood improvement events.

*Please go to www.corbettheights.org and pay using PayPal, OR

you may bring cash or check - made payable to CORBETT HEIGHTS NEIGHBORS or CHN -

to the meeting, OR mail to 197 Corbett, SF 94114.

Make sure you include your name, address, phone numbers, and your email address.

Contact us at: info@corbettheights.org

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Corbett Heights Meeting next Thursday, April 27

Hi Neighbors - 

We have a very full lineup of guests for next Thursday's meeting:

Shannon Ferguson and Michael Corbett will be attending to talk about the finally-almost-complete History project.  Shannon is from the Planning Department - they will be approving the final version.  Michael, of course, is the author of the extensive 250 page document - jam-packed with data as well as old maps and photos.  The History Project is officially known as the Corbett Heights Historic Context Statement.  Those of us who have been working on this for what seems like aeons are extremely happy and proud of the results.  
We will have a paper copy for you to look at, as well as - hopefully - an electronic means to view it.

Dawson & Clinton, the developers of the massive project that goes from Upper Terrace to both 17th Street and Roosevelt.  Currently the plan includes 10 dwellings, averaging almost 5300 square feet each, and a private lap pool for each building.  
Other than the astonishing size of these units, the primary concerns are the instability of the hillside itself, the likelihood that neighboring homes could be seriously negatively impacted, silica dust from the disruption of the rock outcroppings which are mostly Franciscan chert - in addition to the expected timeframe for excavation and construction during which time lanes of both Roosevelt and 17th Streets will be closed off, creating a traffic nightmare, and the fact that dust will cover virtually everything.
The scariest thing - as you've all probably noticed, is that, to demonstrate just how unstable the rock is, there was a huge landslide on the opposite side of 17th Street, as well as a smaller one on the other side of the hill on Corbett just west of Mars.
The Planning Commission hearing is tentatively set for June 8th!  And no environmental reports have as yet been released.

And finally, Ozzie Rohm of the Noe Neighborhood Council will be there to give a brief explanation of something the Planning Dept is trying to do that may have some serious impacts on our neighborhood - as well as others across the city.  I've been meeting with a group of people from several neighborhood organizations in SF about this issue.  She (Ozzie) will give a very brief description of 3 changes we feel will greatly improve the new Urban Design Guidelines.  After that we'll ask for a show of hands by members to see if we approve or oppose the changes.  

So please try and attend!  These 3 topics are about as important as any we've discussed in the past.  

Also - I'll have the full agenda and Meeting fliers printed up tomorrow.  If anyone is able to help distribute them please let me know.

- Gary

Monday, January 30, 2017

Corbett Heights Meeting Notes

Corbett Heights Neighbors Meeting Notes - January 26, 2017

We had a packed meeting last Thursday - just under 50 people were there. A few people needed to stand since we ran out of chairs!

First - I must thank the folks who helped distribute the fliers: Ted Teipel, Kathy Flanders, Dirk Aguilar, Barbara Presta, Janice Low, Kazumi Matsuyama, Grace Gellerman, Cindy Valdes and Bill Prince.

And Thanks, Bill, for taking minutes!!

Treasurer's Report by Leslie: As of last week we had 105 paid household members. We have $3684 in our bank account. Thanks, Leslie for keeping track!

Supervisor Jeff Sheehy was present to introduce himself to the neighborhood. He has replaced Scott Wiener (now representing us as our State Senator) as our District 8 Supervisor.

He is San Francisco's first HIV Positive supervisor, and much of his past was spent fighting for and helping protect the rights of that community. His priorities as our representative include fighting to prevent what our new President is attempting to accomplish in terms of his targeting of the immigrant population, elimination of our health care safety net, removal of women's rights, etc. As a father living in Glen Park, he's also concerned about general quality of life issues - there and in all other communities in the city.

Showing his support for something very important to our neighborhood, Jeff is committed to making our Interim Zoning Controls permanent! More on that at a later date.

I'm hoping to have him back for a longer chat in April.

Joel Pomerantz has been obsessed with learning about San Francisco's waterscape for about 30 years. He's the founder of Thinkwalks, and usually leads dozens of walks per year, teaching about the hidden natural history of San Francisco.

There are currently no underground creeks in San Francisco. There had been some during certain periods in SF history when, for example, in the 1850s through the 1860s there was a series of giant storms. Between December 1861 and into 1862, a series of "atmospheric rivers" dumped large quantities of rain. One early measurer found 36" in one month and 24" in another, compared to about 19 or 20 inches average rainfall yearly. Now, with less rainfall - partly due to urbanization - these creeks have dried up or are minimal in quantity.

Many springs were covered over with concrete by citizens and the water diverted to the sewers, so these are now gone.

Joel spoke for about 1/2 hour and not a peep was uttered until we had a Q & A period. He had some books and maps for sale. If you're interested in acquiring any, check out www.thinkwalks.org or www.seepcity.org.

Dave Guerra and a co-worker spoke with us about the spate of mailbox break-ins throughout San Francisco. Guerra is the supervisor of the Mail Theft Program from San Mateo up to the Oregon border. Mail theft is a federal crime, and reporting it is critical to the investigations. It is important to report not just the theft when it occurs but also later when you get information about how your mail has been misused – without evidence of financial losses, it is very difficult to prosecute. Please call 877-876-2455 at any time to report.

Some hints from Dave: Cameras can really help to provide video footage of the theft; there are locking mailboxes that are approved by the Post Office; be aware when you are expecting something of value to arrive; collect your mail as soon as you get home rather than leaving it in the box a long time; there is some protection if you require a signature when a package is delivered, or if you insure such packages; if you find trashed mail, pick it up and call the number so that they can contact the addressees and check to see if there is an ongoing investigation.

Corbett/Ord Triangle Park: Many thanks to Olga and Brad who for at least the last year have been responsible for keeping the park clean. They are there the 3rd Saturday of each month, from 10AM until around 1PM. Please stop by to lend a hand!

After waiting almost a year, DPW finally replaced a dead tree in the northwest corner with a new, young ginkgo tree. Currently it looks like a stick, but pretty soon it will leaf out and make us proud. DPW also finally replaced the sidewalk along the Corbett and Ord side of the Park.

75 Mars: The owner is hoping for an April completion!

History Project: It's been out of our hands for the last several months, while the Planning Department reviews it - and they read very slowly.

The good news is that it's spectacular! 256 pages, loads of old photos and maps. It will have been worth the wait.

Corbett Slope: We met with members of DPW and all approved a plan for the "park" space near the current gate. It will have planters, and a paved open area that will be accessible to people with disabilities. Sometime later in the year, hopefully, we will work more on the plan to have a stairway that will connect Corbett to Market.

Hattie Street Fire: Last October there was a devasting fire on the NE corner of Hattie and Market. 3 homes were affected, 2 of which were determined to be a danger and were demolished a couple of weeks ago. The 3rd one from the corner was damaged - serious burns on the south wall are visible, but thankfully, it will be repaired. The residents have had to find an apartment to live in temporarily in the neighborhood. Both demolished homes will be rebuilt by the owners - from what I hear.

Upper Terrace/Roosevelt/17th Street Project: We've been watching this project for two years now. Tim Clinton and Paul Dawson of Dawson-Clinton General Contractors had planned on demolishing 2 existing homes on Upper Terrace, and constructing 10 homes on the hillside. They were recently advised to keep 2 rent-controlled units on Upper Terrace, so the smaller of the 2 existing homes will be kept but extensively enlarged and remodeled.

The rock hillside has always been extremely unstable. Neighbors on 3 sides are very concerned about what could happen to their property and foundations during the likely 3 year construction process, and afterwards as well. No one has been given believable insurance of their protection other than the Trumpian "it'll be fine".

In addition, the average home size remains almost 5,300 square feet PER unit. And, the lap pools are still in the plan as rear yard open space.

We are still anxiously waiting for the environmental Planner, Michael Li, to get around to reviewing the project. If this review has occurred, please be aware that the

PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING IS TENTATIVELY SET FOR MARCH 16th. Depending on the outcome of the environmental review, and depending on whether Dawson & Clinton has agreed to some protections and overall size reductions, I will be asking you to write letters, or, even better, to show up at the Planning Commission hearing in March.

1965 Market/FedEx: If this project is allowed to proceed it would be 2nd largest of all of the new buildings along the Market Street corridor. Since it's on the corner of Duboce, it's a very high visibility site.

The current owners/project sponsors are Jeffrey Keller and Eric Grover of Keller Grover, LLP, a law firm. The Mission Revival building is considered a historic resourse and must be retained.

According to the Market/Octavia Plan, a building on that corner can stand as high as 85'. The parking lot behind the former mortuary, now FedEx, is on a site on Duboce that can hold a 55' tall building.

According to the State Density Bonus Law passed last year, the project sponsors can add 2 addtional floors to the Duboce building making the new structure 75' tall. In doing this they are not required to add any additional BMR (below market rate) housing. This does not sit well with those of us who have been fighting for increased BMR units in all of the new buildings. Some of our attempts have been successful, others not so.

The proposal would have given them 96 units, (16 of these 96 are attributable to the density bonus - 80 before figuring the bonus into the mix). There would be parking for 47 cars.

The current inclusionary requirement only applies to the 80 base units. The requirement is 14.5%, or 12 units. They "voluntarily" agreed to add 2 additional BMR units, totaling 14.

The proposed building towers over the existing FedEx building. But it's the lack of respect for the classic building that some of us feel is a larger issue. As it turns out, the Historic Preservation Commission, as well as John Rahaim, director of San Francisco Planning, both feel the Market Street building is too tall for the building it would sit on top of. They're even considering allowing increased height along Duboce at this point and chopping all but 2 floors off the corner building. By the end of the month the sponsors will have gotten back to the Department with a plan showing revised massing and design.

Of several issues that were brought up at EVNA's and DTNA's Land Use meetings, one important one was a request by us to include at least one additional, smaller ground floor retail space. Since FedEx will have moved out, and the parking lot will be gone for good, there is uncertainty about whether it would return. If it doesn't, we would prefer seeing an option for a smaller retail space, as all of the small ones that have been built along Market Street recently have been rented, whereas most of the larger ones still sit empty.

2201 Market: (Catarra RE/Industrialists/Glidden Paint)(Built in 1956) The project will be 63.5' high and have 100% lot coverage. I applied for Discretioinary Review of the project on behalf of DTNA. There were several unacceptable things about the project that fortunately were eliminated immediately prior to the DR hearing. None was a big deal in terms of cost to the developers, but as a result we will have a better project for the neighborhood.

Home Restaurant (2100 Market): Demolition of the old structure should take place very soon. The project will contain 7 stories/62 units/a roof terrace/2 ground floor retail spaces and a restaurant. There will also be storefronts along 14th Street.

Lucky 13: The project sponsors will begin presenting to neighborhood groups soon. They will be at the DTNA Land Use meeting on February 6th.

Harvey Milk Plaza will be getting a complete makeover in the near future. SFMTA has been holding community meetings to discuss ideas and listen to input from residents. One thing that's certain is that there will be an additional elevator installed on the south side of Market Street in the Plaza area.

Membership: If you haven't paid for a while or would like to join, annual membership is $15 per year per household. Besides being used for flier printing and snacks for garden workdays, the money is used to purchase plants, any garden equipment and irrigation supplies we may need to take care of our various mini-parks. The easiest way to join is to go to our website: www.corbettheights.org, and click on the "Subscribe" button. That way, PayPal will automatically remind you next year. Or, you can send a check made out to CHN to 197 Corbett, 94114.

Please participate! If you're a member, and if you can spare a very small amount of time each month, please let me know! We can definitely use some more help!

Thanks for your interest in the neighborhood!

- Gary





Thursday, January 19, 2017

Corbett Heights Meeting next Thurs, January 26!

Hi Neighbors,
Our quarterly general meeting will be next week.  Our new Supervisor - Jeff Sheehy will introduce himself.  And the wonderful Joel Pomerantz will be there to talk with us about San Francisco's natural history.
So please try and make it!

- Gary

(also, anyone interested in helping distribute fliers, please let me know!)

PLEASE ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING OF


CORBETT HEIGHTS NEIGHBORS

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017

7:00 PM

CASTRO COMMUNITY MEETING ROOM

501 CASTRO STREET – 2ND FLOOR

(Thru the BofA doors, take stairs or elevator on right)

GUEST SPEAKERS & DISCUSSION TOPICS:

  • Our new Supervisor Jeff Sheehy will introduce himeself. He

    replaces Senator Scott Wiener as our District 8 representative.

  • Joel Pomerantz, local natural historian & founder of

    Thinkwalks will discuss some of the natural hidden wonders of San Francisco and beneath it.

    (He will have some of his books and maps for sale at the meeting. We are requesting, but not requiring a small donation to help cover his very reasonable fee.)

  • Corbett Slope & Our Other Park Updates

  • Updates on the Huge Roosevelt/17th/Upper Terrace project.

  • Corbett Heights History Project - getting closer!

  • A representative from the USPS will discuss mailbox theft.

  • Castro & Upper Market Development Projects

  • and more...

SO PLEASE ATTEND AND MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS!

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Membership is not required to attend meetings. Those who pay dues ($20/year)*

receive regular email updates, assist with printing costs, and contribute towards neighborhood improvement events.

*Please go to www.corbettheights.org and pay using PayPal, OR

you may bring cash or check - made payable to CORBETT HEIGHTS NEIGHBORS or CHN -

to the meeting, OR mail to 197 Corbett, SF 94114.

Make sure you include your name, address, phone numbers, and your email address.

Contact us at: info@corbettheights.org

Friday, December 23, 2016

The other half of the Holiday update:

(Sorry the photo of the plans does not show up in the blog.  Please let me know if you'd like to see a copy - happy to send it to you.


The History Project:  It is complete, and has been submitted to the Planning Dept for review.  They're very slow readers (and, the document is around 250 pages, including maps and tons of photos) so we're told they will have completed their review by early to mid February in time to present it to the Historic Preservation Commission.
Unwilling to wait that long, we're already planning the cover design and printing options.  

75 Mars:  Thankfully, the project has been moving forward recently with crews working on it daily.  The stairway railings have been installed, but access to the stairs remains cut off.  Windows are in.  The sub-roof is on.  Still a major eyesore, but at least an end is in sight, however remotely.  And the storage bin along Corbett has had the graffiti painted over (a lot of you had mentioned that).  When it's all completed, and the new plantings are in, we'll finally see some benefit to all the waiting.

3198 Market St.:  As I've mentioned recently, the family that bought this undeveloped, landlocked parcel - adjacent to the historic Miller-Joost house - almost 3 years ago went through a painful process to get neighborhood approval, acceptance by the Fire Dept, and every other department that has ever existed.  After finally receiving entitlements, the son who was to live there while attending SF State decided to attend college on the east coast!  So it's back on the market.  They purchased it for $300K and have it listed for $995K.  - just because you're curious.  

Upper Terrace/Roosevelt/17th Street project:  We've had several meetings with the project sponsors.  With the exception of a requirement that they keep 2 rent-controlled units on site, nothing has really changed.  The rent-control requirement will mean that the smaller of the 2 existing buildings on Upper Terrace will be fixed up and probably expanded a bit to contain 2 dwellings.  
Also, a big sticking point has been the scale of the individual dwellings - average size remains in excess of 5300 square feet each for the new construction.
The original approval hearing before the Planning Commission was scheduled for November, then moved to January.  The January hearing has been continued to some time during the first half of 2017, maybe.  The Geotechnical Report was completed one year ago - but the department hasn't gotten around to reading it.  A bigger issue is an environmental review.  For a project this  size, an ER requirement would seem an obvious step, and we're praying that whoever will make that decision will see it that way.  
After all, with the relative blocking off of parts of Upper Terrace for long periods of time, the concern about the extreme instability of the hillside during construction, the dust, the drilling, the parking and lanes that will be eliminated along 17th and Roosevelt during construction, and the duration - despite the sponsors' estimate of 2+ years, you can bet that it will be a healthy 3 years from when they begin drilling out the hillside to when it's complete.
AT SOME POINT DURING THE NEXT FEW MONTHS I'LL BE SENDING OUT A REQUEST FOR LETTERS OR EMAILS TO SHOW SUPPORT OR OPPOSITION.  THIS WILL BE A CRUCIAL STEP IN ATTAINING A DEVELOPMENT THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH.

New D8 Supervisor:  No, I don't know who the Mayor will choose, but he or she will be invited to our next neighborhood meeting on January 26th.  
By the way, the incredible San Francisco historian - Joel Pomerantz - who teaches about local natural history through his website and tours: http://www.thinkwalks.org/  will be talking with us at the January meeting as well.  He's written a book and  published a map about local water history - both will be available for sale.  We're requesting a small donation to cover his very reasonable fee.  The donation is entirely optional.

A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON TO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN IMPROVING OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

See you in the New Year!

- Gary

Happy Corbett Heights Holidays!

Hi Neighbors -

Thankfully, I have some positive updates on some of the issues within Corbett Heights that have been dragging on endlessly.  

Corbett/Ord Triangle Park:  We finally received our new ginkgo tree to replace one of the 2 Brazilian Pepper Trees that died a while back.  It was promised last February.  10 months ain't too bad!
Other improvements within and bordering the park are "slated" to be done at the beginning of the New Year (hopefully that means 2017?)

Corbett Slope:  Major improvements to the Slope are all approved!  The initial phase will be the upper, mostly level area near the entrance gate.  
The area will be leveled a bit and a permeable paving will be poured.  We'll have several long planters, improved irrigation and a new entrance moved slightly west.  The area will be accessible to people with disabilities.  
The second, larger phase will take place next year.  That phase entails building a new concrete stairway connecting Corbett to Market!  It will start just west of the bend in the fence, arch around to the southwest, and exit through a new opening in the retaining wall on Market.  Here's a screenshot of the latest plan.  Apologies for the quality of the photo.