Neighborhood Happenings – August

 

  • 447 Battery: This is the existing 3-story red brick building where Cort Furniture is now.  The owners propose to keep the existing facade, and build a new 18-story 200-foot hotel with 198 rooms, and restaurants on the ground floor and 18th floor, and a POPOS (privately owned, publicly accessible open space) along Merchant.  An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is reportedly available for review and comment on the Planning Department’s negative declarations and EIRs web page at:  sfplanning.org/environmental-review-documents.  Comments may be made until September 6.  The Planning Department contact person for this project is Rachel Schuett (415) 575-9030, rachel.schuett@sfgov.org.
  • What to Expect During Construction in Your Neighborhood: As San Francisco continues its building boom, here are some things to expect during a construction project in your neighborhood: HOURS OF CONSTRUCTION Building construction can occur during the hours of 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, seven days a week, including holidays. Special permits, such as Night Noise Permits, are required for construction work that occurs past 8pm. Visit SFDBI webpage on Night Noise Permits for more information – https://sfdbi.org/night-noise-permits. NOISE COMPLAINTS Any work done before or after these hours must not exceed the noise level of five decibels at the nearest lot line unless a special permit has been granted to allow this. Five decibels is similar to the sound of a screw gun installing screws in drywall. Construction related noise complaints may be directed to DBI Inspection Services at (415) 558-6570. Construction related noise complaints beyond the allowed hours should be directed to your local police station. You may also file noise complaints with SF311 – https://sf311.org/ | Dial 3-1-1 (within SF) or 415-701-2311 (TTY 415-701-2323). STREET PARKING Construction projects often require the use of street parking for trucks or construction debris boxes. Street Space Permits are issued by the Department of Public Works – Bureau of Street Use and Mapping (DPW-BSM). For more information contact DPW-BSM at (415) 558-6060. ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY If you suspect illegal construction activity or work without permits, first check to see if they have valid permits using our Online Permit & Complaint Tracking System – www.sfdbi.org/dbipts. If no current permits are listed, you may file a complaint online https://sfdbi.org/filing-complaint or call DBI Inspection Services at (415) 558-6570 during normal business hours (7:30am-5:00pm). When filing a complaint, please provide a valid property address and information on the type of work being done. Complaints made outside of normal business hours may be directed to SF311 – https://sf311.org/ |Dial 3-1-1 (within SF) or 415-701-2311 (TTY 415-701-2323). WHO IS MY DISTRICT INSPECTOR? District Inspectors are tasked with ensuring construction projects are built according to approved plans and are up to code. Need to speak to your district inspector? Find out who your inspector is and their contact information here – https://sfdbi.org/mapresources.
  • Teatro ZinZanni: Bill Hannan plans to represent GTA at a meeting of the Port Commission on August 13 to support the Teatro ZinZanni project.  The Commission will consider the proposed long-term lease of the Port property at Broadway and the Embarcadero. Representatives of GGTA and the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNa) appeared before the SF Planning Commission on May 2nd and spoke in support of the Teatro ZinZanni project, to be located on Port property at Broadway and the Embarcadero. The project includes a 192-room hotel with restaurant, and a 285-seat dinner theater in a glass-enclosed circus tent, and complies with the existing 4-story height limit.  The Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the TZ project.  The approvals process is continuing, and construction is expected to begin in 2020.  Like 88 Broadway, foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise.
    Seawall Project: Last November SF voters passed a general obligation bond in the amount of $425,000,000 to begin restoring or replacing three miles of our Embarcadero Seawall, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek.  Work is in the planning stages.  First repairs are expected to be complete by 2026.  The Port will host 45-minute seawall walking tours on May 16 and July 18.  For detailed information, check the Port website at sfport.com then click on “seawall”, then click on “embarcadero resilience”.
    Traffic Changes: SFMTA has approved several changes to traffic patterns in our neighborhood, including creation of bicycle lanes on some streets.  These include bike lanes both ways on Davis Street between Broadway and Jackson.  Some Gateway residents are concerned that bikers southbound on Davis will not stop at Jackson, but will continue into and through Davis Court, creating a safety problem in a plaza used by pedestrians, moving vans, service trucks, leasing office visitors, and motorists entering or leaving the Phase I Gateway parking garage.  These concerns were raised at an April meeting of the SFMTA Board of Directors, and we were told that SFMTA will monitor safety at that location. The Davis Street bike lanes are now in place.  They are not physically separated from the other lanes, but are marked by pavement paint.”
  • Bay Club Tennis Fence: At GTA’s request, a few years ago the Bay Club installed shrubs along the tennis fence on Drumm between Jackson and Washington, and around the corner on Washington as far as the parking lot entrance to improve the appearance of the fence.  The landscaping on Drumm apparently created problems, and was recently removed.  GTA is attempting to work with the Bay Club in order to improve the dark look of the Drumm Street side of the fence.