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

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