Neighborhood Happenings with Alec Bash
- GTA Safety/Security Committee: This new GTA committee is working with The Gateway, the SF Police Department and our community’s residents to offer suggestions for solutions on safety and security matters. Committee members are Alec Bash, Andie Lautman, Babs Lowe, Bill Gregory, Jay Ernst, Jennifer Herman, Lei Han, Madeleine Trembley, Michele Hennessey, Shai Malka, Sharry Bash & Sohil Patel. The SFPD joined us for a September 13th Plaza security audit walk-through and offered several recommendations, including improving view corridors by pruning shrubs and trees which has already taken place. Please email Alec Bash if interested in participating on the Safety/Security Committee or to share ideas and suggestions.
- Port Pop-Up Activation Proposals: The Port issued a RFQ this spring seeking businesses that would deliver vibrant and diverse waterfront experiences while increating opportunities for small and local business participation. The 3 categories range from small to large, e.g., <50, <100, >100 person occupancy. Of the 22 responses, 17 have qualified. The Port will seek community input to fine tune proposals and deal with issues including noise and transportation. More info at https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:64717192-3d99-40d0-8dd7-c98cda6c499c
- Port Mobile Vending Pilot Program: The Port is offering new economic opportunities to historically disadvantaged communities with rules to allow all visitors to safely enjoy the natural and recreational benefits of an inclusive waterfront. This Program will provide access to ~50 vending spaces along the Waterfront, consistent with State law allowing sidewalk vendors. Permits will be issued to vendors with spaces available first-come, first-serve. More info at https://sfport.com/mobilevending.
- Embarcadero Enhancement Project: The SF Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) Embarcadero Enhancement Program (Phase 1) Central Segment, from Mission Street to Broadway, sought input and surveyed community priorities earlier this year 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. The Commission approved the project on August 10th while also requiring a northbound lane between thru- and left-turn lanes. Safety signs will require electric bikes and scooters to use the two-lane bikeway which will extend from its current terminus at Mission Street northward to Broadway. SFMTA and Port staff are coordinating final design details for construction this winter. For more about the project, click here.
- Seawall Project: In Nov 2018, SF voters passed a $425 million bond to begin restoring or replacing the Embarcadero Seawall from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek. Subsoil exploration showed potentially many billions of dollars in future damage from both seismic events and sea-level rise over the next 30-50 years. The Bay Bridge north is high risk, and the area near Pier 9 the highest. The Port is pursuing additional funding, both public and private, for potential $5 billion improvements costs. Currently in the early stage of planning, immediate seismic and flood protection upgrades are targeted for completion by 2026.
- Rebuild 530 Sansome Fire Station w/Commercial or Residential Building: The City, in a public-private partnership with developer Related California, 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). The Gateway Tenants Association wrote a letter and spoke in support at a Planning Commission and Recreation & Parks Commission July 29th public hearing, and at a Board of Supervisors hearing October 5th. The development is now fully approved with next steps to be decision on the final project and building permits.
- Congestion Pricing Study re Driving within Northeastern SF: Community outreach will continue in 2022 and it would take at least 5 years to plan and implement a congestion pricing program. For further info, click here.
BCNA – OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
GTA encourages you to join the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA). Founded as a nonprofit in 2006, BCNA serves Gateway residents and local businesses along the Embarcadero from Bay Street to Clay Street. It is directed by a Board led by Diana Taylor of the Commons.
As an association, it strongly supports open space, recreation areas, and appropriate residential and commercial development. BCNA works with our legislators and community organizations on solutions to traffic congestion, parking problems, city crime, homelessness, noise pollution, and other neighborhood issues.
If you have interest, please join the BCNA .
UPDATE ON LAUNDRY ROOMS FROM GATEWAY MANAGEMENT
As the washers and dryers are essential in day-to-day general housekeeping and there have been historical issues surrounding machines not properly working, Gateway is now interacting closely with our vendor to ensure that all machines are maintained and repaired in a timely manner. Please note the following:
Every Tuesday and Thursday:
- Our janitorial team will fully inspect all four laundry rooms and report back to the Administrative Office of any units that appear out of order or have an out of order tag placed on them by a resident.
- Our Resident Services Coordinator will also pick up any work orders submitted from residents through the Gateway portal and close out the ticket in the system to avoid duplicate service orders.
- Once the above is completed, our Resident Services Coordinator will call in all needed repairs to the Vendor.
- Following this, the Coordinator or the janitorial team will assure a Gateway Repair tag is displayed on the appropriate machine(s).
If, for any reason, a machine accepts payment but does not perform, please immediately contact the Administrative Office at 415-434-2000 with the machine’s number. We will be happy to research the issue and, if deemed a refund is necessary, will provide you with a form to complete and sign. With your help, we will be able to better keep these facilities updated and organized for your use.