Neighborhood Happenings

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  • San Francisco Rent Relief Program: Our District Supervisor Aaron Peskin https://sfbos.org/supervisor-peskin is alerting constituents about the City’s rent relief program to help both tenants and landlords financially impacted by the pandemic.  Acceptance of applications began May 28th to get up to 3 month’s back and forward rent for a total of 6 months https://sf.gov/renthelp.  A State program is also available https://housing.ca.gov .
  • Congestion Pricing Study re Driving within Northeastern SF:The SF County Transportation Authority is initiating a congestion study about requiring a fee to drive during the rush hours across northeastern San Francisco. Scenarios under consideration include discounts for various groups, including residents of the congestion pricing zone which would include the Gateway. The Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA) and other neighborhood organizations are recommending such discounts for San Francisco’s northeastern residents. The BCNA and North Beach Neighbors held a joint meeting for updates on the Congestion Pricing Study in April. For further info, go to http://www.sfcta.org/downtown
  • Rebuild 530 Sansome Fire Station w/Commercial or Residential Building: The City in a public-private partnership with developer Related California https://www.relatedcalifornia.com/ proposes to rebuild Fire Station 13, in association with private development of a 19-story building (hotel, offices, fitness center and retail/restaurant; or a variant with 256 residential units).
  • Embarcadero Enhancement Project: The SF Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) has been seeking community input for their Embarcadero Enhancement Program (Phase 1) Central Segment, from Mission Street to Broadway. A survey through April 9th sought community priorities and input on proposed changes to The Embarcadero. They presented recommendations to the SF Port Commission on May 25th, for which the Gateway Tenants Association co-signed a letter with the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA) in support, but with caveats. Additional hearings are planned for the SFMTA Board, Port Commission, and the SF County Transportation Commission.  For more about the project, go to https://www.sfmta.com/projects/embarcadero-enhancement-project.
  • Seawall Project:  In Nov 2018 SF voters passed a general obligation bond in the amount of $425,000,000 to begin restoring or replacing three miles of the Embarcadero Seawall, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek.
    Update: Port staffers met recently and reported on this 3+ mile study of seawall. Subsoil exploration (boring for samples) shows conditions that are expected to produce many billions of dollars in future damage from seismic events, and sea level rise in the next 30 to 50 years. Subsoil conditions show high risk north of the Bay Bridge compared to low risk south of it.
    The Embarcadero is at risk from both seismic events and sea level rise. The piers, including Fisherman’s Wharf, are at more risk than any other structures. The area near Pier 9 is at the highest risk. Planning will take place in 2021, and construction work will begin in future years,
    with early financing by Proposition A.

TRASH TALK with your GTA Building Representatives

RECYCLING has an invaluable goal that affects the environment and workforce management.

 

    • Throwing wine bottles and glass items down the chute is DANGEROUS. If and when a bottle hits the chute wall, as it often does, it can shatter before landing in the garage bin. The velocity it can acquire is explosive!!
    • Remember to break down large boxes and carry down to the basement recycle receptacle.
    • Paper towels and tissues should go into the garage compost bin.
    • Composting is an alternative to running kitchen disposals that benefits the environment. Consider freezing your compost bags before taking them down to the garage compost bins to avoid any unpleasant odors.

Management has been actively working with the GTA Recycling Committee and plans are afoot this year towards making it easier for residents to recycle their trash. Don’t know where things go: https://www.recology.com/recology-san-francisco/what-bin/

Thank you for your cooperation. It will make a huge difference for everyone!

Neighborhood Happenings

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  • Seawall Project: In Nov 2018 SF voters passed a general obligation bond in the amount of $425,000,000 to begin restoring or replacing three miles of the 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.  For detailed information, check the Port website at sfport.com,  click on “seawall”, then click on “Embarcadero Resilience”.
  • 88 Broadway Family Building/735 Davis St Senior Building: Cahill  Construction continues at 88 Broadway (6 stories, 130 units for families), and 735 Davis (4 stories, 52 units for seniors) with expected completion in Q1 of 2021 and Q4 of 2020 respectively.  Normal work hours are 7 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday.  For Leasing information: Families (88 Broadway) 415-995-4964; Seniors (735 Davis) 415-267-1825.
  • What to Expect During Construction in Your Neighborhood: Building construction can occur during the hours of 7 AM to 8 PM, seven days a week, including holidays. Special permits, such as Night Noise Permits, are required for construction work that occurs past 8 PM. Visit SFDBI webpage on Night Noise Permits for info – https://sfdbi.org/night-noise-permits.
  • Teatro ZinZanni: the dinner theater recently announced it has received the required City approvals, and expects to break ground at Broadway & Embarcadero soon.  Construction is scheduled to take 14-16 months with hopes to “open doors” in 2022.  For further info, go to  zinzanni.com/sf.
  • SF Fire Station 13: a 20-story hotel is planned for this local site at Washington & Sansome Sts.  The existing fire station will be demolished and rebuilt at the bottom of the new building.  During construction, the Station 13 firefighters and their equipment will be temporarily relocated to other fire stations.  Note that one close station is on Powell near Broadway.

Neighborhood Happenings – January 2020

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  • 88 Broadway Family Building/735 Davis St Senior Building: Cahill  Construction continues at 88 Broadway (6 stories, 130 units for families), and 735 Davis (4 stories, 52 units for seniors) with expected completion in Q1 of 2021 and Q4 of 2020 respectively.  Foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise.  Normal work hours are 7 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Please note Cahill has a street space permit that is valid for 24/7 around the perimeter of the site to occupy the parking lane for the streets that border the site on Broadway, Front &  Vallejo, and Davis St.  This is required for staging materials, setting up equipment, delivery trucks, dumpster, etc.  Parking will not be available along these streets.  Address questions or concerns to project468-01@cahill-sf.com.
  • What to Expect During Construction in Your Neighborhood: 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.
  • Seawall Project: In November 2018 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 .  For detailed information, check the Port website at sfport.com then click on “seawall”, then click on “Embarcadero Resilience”.

Neighborhood Happenings – November

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  • 88 Broadway Family Building/735 Davis St Senior Building: Cahill  Construction continues at 88 Broadway (6 stories, 130 units for families), and 735 Davis (4 stories, 52 units for seniors) with expected completion in Q1 of 2021 and Q4 of 2020 respectively.  Foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise.  Normal work hours are 7 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Please note Cahill has a street space permit that is valid for 24/7 around the perimeter of the site to occupy the parking lane for the streets that border the site on Broadway, Front &  Vallejo, and Davis St.  This is required for staging materials, setting up equipment, delivery trucks, dumpster, etc.  Parking will not be available along these streets.  Address questions or concerns to project468-01@cahill-sf.com.
  • What to Expect During Construction in Your Neighborhood: 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.
  • Seawall Project: In November 2018 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 .  For detailed information, check the Port website at sfport.com then click on “seawall”, then click on “embarcadero resilience”.

Neighborhood Happenings – September

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  • 88 Broadway Family Building/735 Davis St Senior Building: Cahill  Construction continues this month at 88 Broadway (6 stories, 130 units for families), and 735 Davis (4 stories, 52 units for seniors) with expected completion in the First Quarter of 2021 and the Fourth Quarter of 2020 respectively.  Foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise.  Normal work hours will be 7 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Please note Cahill has a street space permit that is valid for 24/7 around the perimeter of the site to occupy the parking lane for the streets that border the site on Broadway, Front &  Vallejo, and Davis St.  This is required for staging materials, setting up equipment, delivery trucks, dumpster, etc.  Parking will not be available along these streets.  Address questions or concerns to project468-01@cahill-sf.com.
  • 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.  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: 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).  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).
  • Teatro ZinZanni:  On September 10th, the Port Commission approved the long-term lease for the Teatro ZinZanni hotel and dinner theater at Broadway and the Embarcadero.  Now the project goes to the Board of Supervisors for approval in late September and/or October.  Background: 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. 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 .  For detailed information, check the Port website at sfport.com then click on “seawall”, then click on “embarcadero resilience”.

Neighborhood Happenings – August

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  • 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.

 

Neighborhood Happenings – July

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  • 88 Broadway/735 Davis: Construction began in April on the two-building affordable housing project to be located at 88 Broadway (6 stories, 130 units for families), and 735 Davis (4 stories, 52 units for seniors).  Work is expected to continue for about two years.  Foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise.  Normal work hours will be 7 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Here is a lot more about the project.
  • Teatro ZinZanni: 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.  To sign up, go to the Port of San Francisco website and click on “seawall”.
  • 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, Sales 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.  These Davis bike lanes will not be physically separated from other lanes, but will be marked by pavement paint.