Come to First Tuesday Social at Cafe Prague Jan. 3

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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