Come to First Tuesday Social at Cafe Prague Jan. 3

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Photo: Hans R./Yelp
Photo: Hans R./Yelp

We had such a terrific turnout at the First Tuesday social for GGTA members in December at Cafe Prague, we’re going there again! Join us from 5–7 p.m. Jan. 3 at 425 Merchant St. (in the alley off of Battery Street midway between Washington and Clay streets).

Cafe Prague accepts cash only, so stop at the ATM on the way. If it’s your birthday in January, your first drink is on GGTA!

Remember, First Tuesday socials are for members only, but we always have sign-up forms on hand so we can welcome new members. Please bring a Gateway friend!

Neighborhood Groups Oppose Extended Hours for Strip Clubs

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Five neighborhood groups, including the Golden Gateway Tenants Association, recently sent a letter to the Planning Department asking it to deny permission for two strip clubs on Broadway to stay open until 4 a.m. instead of the current 2 a.m. closing time.

The owner of the establishments sought a conditional use authorization to extend the hours at the Penthouse Club on Wednesdays through Sundays and at Centerfolds daily. A hearing was scheduled in October 2016 and postponed to January 2017, and now has been postponed indefinitely, according to the Planning Department.

Regardless, the issue is of such concern to the surrounding neighborhoods that we felt the need to go on record in opposition. The GGTA was involved in discussions with the other neighborhood groups prior to crafting a letter to Planning, and the board voted unanimously to sign the letter. It is as follows:

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High-Rise Hotel Developer Holds Community Meeting

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On December 8, 2017, Gateway residents Irene and Al Glassgold and GGTA President Bill Hannan attended a “pre-application” meeting at architect Jeffrey Heller’s office about the proposed hotel and condominiums at 447 Battery Street at the corner of Merchant, where Cort Furniture Rental is now. (There had been a previous get-acquainted meeting on March 18.)

Rob Canepa was there for his family, who own the property. Project drawings and plans were visible, as was a small model of the proposed 19-story building including 8 stepped-back condominium units on the top floors.

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What Have We Done for You Lately? Plenty!

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District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, GGTA Treasurer Bob Demchick, President Bill Hannan and Security Liaison Sue Rokaw at the 2016 Annual Meeting. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)
District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, GGTA Treasurer Bob Demchick, President Bill Hannan and Security Liaison Sue Rokaw at the 2016 Annual Meeting. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)

Sometimes people wonder why a tenants association is needed and question what we do and why they should join and support us.

GGTA’s main mission, and reason why it was founded, is to protect rent control. But our board also works hard behind-the-scenes to maintain and improve the quality of life for all residents on many levels. While we don’t advocate for tenants in individual disputes with management, we communicate with the Gateway regularly about security and other issues affecting all residents.

Recently, we’ve been watchdogs and advocates for a number of other neighborhood topics, including:

  • Asking the Chinatown shuttle to stop running diesel buses along Washington Street, which pollutes our air and apartments

  • Monitoring plans for a 19-story, 182-room hotel with eight condos at 447 Battery St., which will take the place of the building housing Cort Furniture (for more details on an upcoming meeting, please click here: http://goldengatewaytenants.org/meeting-dec-8-for-proposed-high-rise-hotel-on-battery/)

  • Attending public meetings on affordable housing planned for Broadway and Front Street and potential dedicated bike lanes on the Embarcadero

  • Supporting the new Teatro ZinZanni circus dinner theater and hotel on Broadway and the Embarcadero

    All this is in addition to organizing monthly socials and other special events to build community, such as our annual Halloween Party in conjunction with the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association and an upcoming Holiday Party on Dec. 15 at a member’s home in Vista West. Also, save the date for our 2017 Annual Meeting on Feb. 25; more details to come.

    Keep an eye our on this News page and on Nextdoor for information about socials and events, and please visit our Join or Renew page to sign up for only $15 your first year. We work hard on your behalf; please help us continue to help our community!

Meeting Dec. 8 for Proposed High-Rise Hotel on Battery

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Developers are planning to raze the three-story brick building at 447 Battery St. housing a Cort Furniture showroom in order to build a 19-story hotel with 182 rooms and eight private residences. Community members can attend a meeting about this at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Heller Manus offices in the Transamerica Building, 600 Montgomery St., No. 100 (main floor).

Important: Space is very limited, and RSVPs are strongly requested. Email jhoover@bergdavis.com if you plan to go.

This pre-application meeting, according to an invitation sent out to some neighbors, “is intended to facilitate a discussion of the preliminary project concepts between the project team, adjacent neighbors, and community organizations before submitting an application to the city. The process is vital because it provides neighbors the opportunity to ask questions about the project at a very early stage, before plans are submitted for Planning Department review.”

At an earlier meeting last spring, neighbors were told the architects would be careful about “light and air issues” and would not exceed zoned height limits. Also, a four-star hotel operator was chosen to manage the property, and the project sponsor will live in one of the residences. For more details about the previous meeting, please see this Hoodline article: “More Details Emerge About Hotel Proposed For 447 Battery.”

Halloween Party a Huge Success, As Always

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The GGTA was proud to cosponsor the popular Halloween Party with our friends at the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA) from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. on Oct. 31 on the plaza level at the Gateway Apartments.

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Even though it threatened to rain, dozens turned out to enjoy pizza and hand out candy to the kids in costume. Afterward, the children went trick-or-treating around the Golden Gateway town houses and Golden Gateway Commons buildings across Jackson Street.

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Many thanks to everyone who organized and participated in this annual event, which helps build with our mission of building community.9e6ad299-580d-4e39-8f9d-bf476d385df0

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Teatro ZinZanni Planning Return to Waterfront

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Rendering of Teatro ZinZanni The Theater & Hotel @ Broadway, San Francisco, California, courtesy of Teatro ZinZanni and Kenwood Investments.
Rendering of Teatro ZinZanni The Theater & Hotel @ Broadway, San Francisco, California, courtesy of Teatro ZinZanni and Kenwood Investments.

Teatro ZinZanni (motto “Love, Chaos, Dinner”) is coming our way. After several years of popular dinner theater in a large antique circus tent pitched on Pier 27, TZ was booted out to make room for the America’s Cup, and the new cruise terminal.

The new plans are for a 180-room hotel and dinner theater at Broadway and the Embarcadero on a triangular Port parcel now used as a parking lot. The Port will lease the land to TZ and its developer Kenwood Investments for 66 years. The proposed structure will fit within the existing 40-foot height limit (plus rooftop fixtures). The current plan is for a red brick structure, enclosing the theater tent in a clear glass cylinder. 

The building will include a restaurant at the corner of Broadway and the Embarcadero, with some outdoor seating. There will be no on-site parking.  A small privately-maintained triangular park will occupy the northern end of the site.

The Golden Gateway Tenants Association and the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association have attended multiple community information meetings, and have consistently expressed support for the project to City officials. The permit process is moving slowly along. Construction is expected to begin about 2019.

GGTA Accepts Honor for Donations to Kids Camps

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The Golden Gateway Tenants Association has proudly accepted a Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for its support of the Kids Camps at the Bay Club at the Gateway.

GGTA President Bill Hannan received the certificate at a donors’ luncheon on Oct. 9 at L’Olivier Restaurant. The event honored those who contributed to helping local children from low-income areas to attend summer camps at the Bay Club, the recreation center that serves the Gateway community and beyond.

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Update on Affordable Housing Development at Broadway/Front

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On Monday, Oct. 17, GGTA President Bill Hannan attended a public meeting at Pier 1 about the affordable housing project at 88 Broadway (at Front Street) that neighbors have been involved in shaping for more than two years now. Developer John Stewart presided over presentations by architects and program managers. Here is Bill’s report:

Size: In response to MOH, the total number of units for the 2 buildings (family and seniors) has been increased to 191. There is no increase in the size of the buildings, which continue to fit within the existing 6-story height limit.

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Big Changes in Jackson Square

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If you stroll through Jackson Square these days, you’ll notice a whole new crop of businesses. Many of the longtime art and antique shops have moved out due to rent increases, and a slew of upscale retailers have moved in over the past year or so.

Isabel Marant led the pack, followed by Shinola (lifestyle items), JAKE (apparel), A.P.C. Denim, Guideboat (casual wear and lifestyle items), Aesop (healthy and beauty), an urban-focused version of The North Face, and Pia (designer wear in the former La Boutique space; read more here). There’s more to come, including The Rug Company in the Genoa Building (728 Montgomery St.) and a new wine bar by the Quince/Cotogna folks in the former Barrique (461 Pacific Ave.). Continue reading “Big Changes in Jackson Square”

Join GTA at Socials & Neighborhood Meetings

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GTA stays vigilant about neighborhood issues and developments, and we’ll post information here about public meetings. If you want to know more about what’s being built, what’s changing regarding our streets or transit, and other decisions affecting our community, please watch this page.

Follow the GGTA Facebook group and your email newsletter, and also check here for details on upcoming events!

GGTA, SFPD, Gateway Continue Talks on Security Issues

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On September 8, 2016, GGTA board member and security liaison Sue Rokaw convened a follow-up security meeting at the Gateway leasing office following the July 26 meeting. Present were SFPD Captain David Lazar, Clarisse Tan and Jose Angulo of Gateway management, Ironship Plaza resident Shai Malka, Sue Rokaw, fellow GGTA board member Geri Koeppel, and GGTA President Bill Hannan.

Captain Lazar announced he has obtained twice-daily patrols of a Department of Public Works truck to clean up tents or debris at five Central Station locations, including Sue Bierman Park and Davis & Washington streets. These patrols are now in effect at midnight and 7 a.m.

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GTA Defends Rent Control, Provides Neighborhood Leadership

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If you’re a resident of one of the 1,254 rental units at the Gateway Apartments and Townhomes, it’s important to know what a valuable service the Gateway Tenants Association provides.

First, it works to safeguard rent control – a great asset that the City’s tenants often take for granted, but shouldn’t.  The San Francisco Rent Ordinance limits a landlord’s ability to increase rents in most pre-1979 buildings by tying the annual increase to a version of the Consumer Price Index.  Other cities including Berkeley, San Jose and Santa Monica also have rent control.

GTA was founded in 1982 after our landlord took the position that rent control should not apply to the Gateway complex, then known as the Golden Gateway Center.  More information about this is on the History page.

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Developer Named for Affordable Housing at 88 Broadway

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DEVELOPER NAMED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT 88 BROADWAY

(Editor’s note: This letter was sent to the members of the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association by board member Bob Harrer.)

The developer for MOHCD’s affordable housing project at 88 Broadway has been selected:   Bridge Housing, in partnership with the John Stewart Co (JSCo), will develop the project.  They will be supported by Lutheran Social Services, the YMCA of San Francisco and Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects.   This is a Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) project to be built on Port/City property.  The selection of a developer is a significant step forward – it follows two and a half years of discussions, workshops, an architectural study, and hearings.

The proposal encompasses two buildings:  one for families at the corner of Broadway and Front streets, another for seniors on an adjoining lot facing Davis Street.  The family project would have about 130 units; the senior project would have about 52 units.  Both buildings will respect the 65-foot height limit.

The design proposed by Bridge and JSCo reflects most of the key requests by BCNA and other neighborhood representatives.  The proposed design includes:

  • Units for moderate- and middle-income households.  Twenty four units in the family project and 7 units in the senior project would be so-designated.
  • Active retail and community serving spaces lining the street frontages on all four sides.  The ground floor plan features spaces for neighborhood-serving childcare, community rooms, a destination restaurant (on Broadway), and a café.  Garden entries to residential and live/work units will also contribute to an active ambience.
  • Two mid-block passages forming a “T” that will offer a major new public pedestrian experience.  One north-south passage will completely bisect the block, while a second east-west passage connects the first to Davis Street.    The passages serve to break the street wall and provide lanes mirroring the historic nature of the area.
  • Building designs using step downs and articulation to break the mass into smaller elements.  The roofs will have outdoor terraces for the residents.  The roofs will also be green.
  • Minimal parking as there would be only 10 parking spaces on the ground floor for the building’s use.  We expect the Port to study the feasibility of having some public parking underground, although that would be quite costly to include in the project.

Bridge and JSCo will present their proposal to the Port Commission (for information) and NEWAG in the near future.  They will also be conducting outreach to the community.  BCNA looks forward to participating in that community outreach process.

April 30 David Chiu/Aaron Peskin Forum at SF Community College

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By Bill Hannan, GGTA President

On April 30, 2016 our state assemblyman David Chiu and our city supervisor Aaron Peskin held a public forum at San Francisco Community College at Kearny & Washington Streets.

David is chairman of the state assembly Housing Committee, and discussed several bills being considered in the legislature, including his proposed $1.3B housing bill, and 5 other bills including use of MediCal funds for supportive housing to reduce the need for emergency room medical services to homeless people.  He also sponsors a bill to close loopholes in existing laws regulating assault weapons.

In response to questions, David and Aaron each stated support for Proposition C on the June ballot in San Francisco to fund more affordable housing.  Aaron criticized Academy of Art University (“Academy of Real Estate”) for converting existing housing to dormitories.  Aaron lamented attrition of SROs, and abuse of AirB&B to create illegal hotels.  David mentioned that city regulations on AirB&B have been slowly progressing, but are now coming into effect.

Asked about affordable housing for middle-income earners such as teachers and firefighters, both said the traditional focus has been on low-income housing and that shortage of middle-income housing has been increasing.  Aaron stated that Proposition C includes 10% for middle-income and moderate-income residents.

BCNA’s Diana Taylor asked about neighborhood retail being squeezed out by offices.  David and Aaron replied that state law prohibits commercial rent control.  Aaron discussed the new SF legacy business program, which is now beginning.

BCNA’s Bob Harrer asked about sources of state funding for new programs.  David replied that his $1.3B housing bill would be a one-time expense paid out of a $4B state surplus, but that Governor Brown “is not there yet”.  Other possibilities are a “cap & trade” approach such as having polluters pay for cleanup costs, and also building new housing near existing transit corridors, or a $75 state fee for each real estate transaction.  David lamented cuts by former governor Schwarzenegger to state highway and transit funding.

Asked about school funding, in which California ranks near the bottom nationally, David recalled that Proposition 13 froze property taxes that supported public education, but said recent state programs are beginning to increase education funding, and Aaron said San Francisco has recently increased its local public school funding.

Gateway resident and FOGG head Lee Radner asked about the State Lands Commission suit against the City over Proposition B’s restrictions on waterfront height limits.  Both David and Aaron expressed support for Proposition B. Aaron said the case is scheduled for trial in October, 2016, and the City Attorney says he remains confident of his position.

GGTA 2016 Membership Meeting Recap

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peskin217GGTA held its 2016 annual membership meeting from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, February 27 at L’Olivier Restaurant, 465 Davis Court.  Our former and newly re-elected District 3 supervisor Aaron Peskin accepted our invitation to speak.

Other speakers included Sue Rokaw on security, Bill Hannan on neighborhood developments, and Lee Radner on 8 Washington.  GGTA officers and board members were elected for 2016. Read the minutes of the meeting here: Annual Membership Meeting Minutes, Feb. 27, 2016

Any resident of the Gateway who pays annual dues of $30 is invited to attend membership meetings and will receive emails with news of importance pertaining to tenants and the surrounding neighborhood. Checks payable to GGTA may be mailed to PO Box 2134, SF, CA 94126, or you can join online via PayPal.

GGTA 2016 Membership Meeting

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GGTA held its 2016 annual membership meeting from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, February 27 at L’Olivier Restaurant, 465 Davis Court.  Our former and newly re-elected District 3 supervisor Aaron Peskin accepted our invitation to speak.

Other speakers included Sue Rokaw on security, Bill Hannan on neighborhood developments, and Lee Radner on 8 Washington.  GGTA officers and board members were elected for 2016. Read the minutes of the meeting here: Annual Membership Meeting Minutes, Feb. 27, 2016

Any resident of the Gateway who pays annual dues of $30 is invited to attend membership meetings and will receive emails with news of importance pertaining to tenants and the surrounding neighborhood. Checks payable to GGTA may be mailed to PO Box 2134, SF, CA 94126, or you can join online via PayPal or credit card.

Super Bowl 50 Reminders from the GGTA

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The Super Bowl 50 festivities will be on our doorstep very soon, and there are some things which will have a direct impact on our neighborhood and how we get around on a daily basis. Your GGTA representatives as well as other local groups have been monitoring the planning meetings.

To accommodate the Super Bowl City activities, the southbound lanes of the Embarcadero will be closed starting around January 23 and remain closed thru about February 11. During that time, traffic will be detoured onto Washington Street to Battery Street. At least two blocks of Market Street will be closed. Assurances have been made that intersections are to be staffed with traffic control officers, lights are to be synchronized to allow for a smooth traffic flow and construction sites are to be closed down.

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