HOT TOPICS – March – April 2015

FARMERS MARKET: THE POPULAR FARMERS MARKET HAS RETURNED. Get your fresh produce, fish, meat and breads among other things at this new neighborhood institution. Wednesdays 4 to 8PM

PINK SATURDAY: Supervisor Wiener has been working with the Mayor’s Office to identify a new sponsor of Pink Saturday. Details are not final, but plan for an earlier start and close of the celebration of LGBT Pride.

MEMBERSHIPS: MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS. All memberships expire April 15. Look for your membership renewal notice in your email or mail box.

Twin Peaks TUNNEL WORK: In order to minimize future tunnel shutdowns, MUNI is doing some additional retrofits to the inside of the Twin Peaks tunnel and anticipate working over a series of weekend shutdowns in winter and completing around late spring or summer of 2016. MUNI is hosting a community meeting, Thursday, March 26 at 6:00-7:30p.m. in the Castro Community Meeting Room at 501 Castro St. to discuss the project.

376 CASTRO: As previously reported the project sponsor and the owner of the property at 376 Castro are in litigation. Details of the issue are murky, however the case goes to trial March 27. No word on how long the trial will last.

EVNA PUBLIC MEETING VENUE CHANGED: HARVEY MILK CIVIL RIGHTS ACADEMY, 19th & Collingwood. Due to growth in attendance we have moved to a more comfortable & spacious venue.

What’s Going on In the Neighborhood? Commercial Development Update

By Mark D McHale, EVNA Board Member

An unofficial update on what’s coming and going in our commercial spaces.

160 Church Street
Former Blockbuster
Proposed cross-fit training center.

2100 Market/15th Streets
Former HOME restaurant
Proposed 64-unit condo development

2101 Market Street
Veo Optics
Now vacant

2175 Market Street
New 88-unit rentals, farmers market concept planned in the commercial space
Complete

2198 Market Street
GreyStar
Construction just started, 87-rentals, unknown commercial space plans

2202 Market Street
Brewcade
Open for business!

2254 Market Street
Sullivan Funeral/Parking lot
43-rentals in the entitlement phase

2301 Market Street
Weaver’s Coffee
Open for business!

2337 Market Street
Taco Orgasmico
Under construction

2500 Market Street (upstairs)
Zephyr Real Estate
(Previously Tower Records) combined their Market and 17th Street locations

3970 17th Street
Formerly Pica Pica
Manos Nouveau now open!

376 Castro Street
RC Gas Station
In litigation

400 Castro Street
Formerly Diesel
Approved Soul Cycle Fitness

410 Castro Street
Formerly Sprint
Vacant

417 Castro Street
Formerly The Bead Store
Dapper Dog now open

474 Castro Street
Formerly video store
SF AIDS Foundation, opening soon

4072 18th Street
New street level space
Unknown status

4079 18th Street
Happy High Herbs
Open under different name

4122 18th Street
Magnet moving to 474 Castro
Proposed Umpqua Bank

4230 18th Street
Former La Taza Restaurant
Now Vero Restaurant

506 Castro Street
Former Body Shop
Artist Coffee (coming soon)

518A Castro Street
AHP Pharmacy/Clinic
In permitting process

531 Castro Street
Hamburger Mary’s
Seeking conditional use permit for entertainment

549 Castro Street
Philz Coffee
Relocating from 18th Street

Planning Committee Update

By EVNA Planning Committee

 

2254 Market Street (Sullivan’s Funeral Home)

The Prado Group (http://www.pradogroup.com), who built the Whole Foods building at Market & Dolores, is proposing a plan to build 45 units (including 2 townhouses on 15th Street) at the former Sullivan’s Funeral Home location. The current plan is to preserve the original building. The project would include 24 underground parking spots, and 60 spaces for bicycles. The preliminary plan has been shown to the DTNA and EVNA Planning and Land Use Committees. Also, a public pre-application meeting was held on February 24th.

The Prado Group has been in discussion for years with the Sullivan family. A website will be put together by the sponsor to facilitate neighborhood commentary. Sullivan’s Funeral Home started out as 2 buildings that were later combined. There is no plan to demolish the existing building. The plan is to keep the existing facade and clay tile roof. The new project plans to use tile facing on the new building to reflect the original building’s tile roof.

The project is hoping to get Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification (http://www.usgbc.org/leed). The structure would be a Type 3 construction with a concrete podium and wood construction on floors two through five. The original Sullivan building would be a remaining wood structure.

The units would be mapped as condos, but the sponsor has not decided if they’ll be for sale or rent. Out of the 45 units, the current plan has roughly:

23% studios

33% 1 bedroom

36% 2 bedroom

8% 3 bedrooms

with 24 underground parking spaces, accessed from 15th St. (currently there is no conditional use for more parking).

The current plan now is to put affordable housing on site. The sponsor has not decided if the Below Market Rate units would for ownership or rental.

 

"Monster Houses"

A new residential project on Upper Terrace and Roosevelt Streets has attracted lots of attention lately. The plan is to build 5 single family homes on 3 lots that are zoned for up to 6 units. The total size of the project would be 31,000 square feet (or ~6,000 square feet per home). A group of concerned neighbors met with District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener in January. As a result Wiener unveiled a new bill this month to address those concerns. He said the bill is meant to counter the "trend toward turning regular-sized homes that really fit into the fabric of the neighborhood into exceptionally large homes that are really out of whack with the surrounding neighborhood."

 

22 & 24 Ord Court

The hearings continue on this through-lot residential project that has generated much neighborhood interest.

Castro Cares – Soft Launch in December: A Success

 

By Alan R. Beach-Nelson, President

 

As previously reported in the Eureka! Castro Cares is a coalition of neighborhood groups, businesses, social service and city programs coming together to improve the quality of life for those living on the street and those who live, work, shop & play in the Castro. Castro Cares is concerned about these issues:

People with serious mental illness/drug addiction on the streets

Increase in mostly non-violent crime, drug dealing & petty theft

An increase in bad behavior, public drunkenness, rowdiness and lack of respect for the area from late-night partiers

We, in collaboration with the City of San Francisco and its Police Department, Patrol Special Police and Department of Public Health, are developing locally controlled, long-term, sustainable solutions to these concerns. Castro Cares is a two-year pilot program to fund added compassionate help to those living on the street and additional hours of police patrols, paid for and supervised by Castro Cares.

A key component of Castro Cares that we believe will lead to success is a dual approach outreach to those in need, and increased police presence with a foot patrol like those in days gone-by.

 

Winter Holiday Soft Launch:

Through an $8,875 contribution from the Castro Community Benefit District the program had a soft-launch in December. It was an amazing success.

 

On the outreach front:

One hundred care packages consisting of two pairs of socks and toiletries, and a $6 Subway card were distributed to those in need by our dedicated outreach worker. The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District funded the packages, and local volunteer Bob Burnside assembled them for us. Going forward, The Apothecarium is planning on funding this key component to our compassionate outreach.

Further, Castro Cares brought the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) into the coalition early. Due to this collaboration, DPH has funded 4 hours a week of HOT workers dedicated to the Castro/Upper Market beginning in September. Over the past four months these HOT workers have engaged with 74 individuals, 4 people were referred to shelter, 1 person was placed in a room, and 9 were referred to other services and 4 were referred to the LGBTQ Project Homeless Connect. This population typically has a resistance to authority so these numbers are quite impressive, in fact of the 74 people engaged, only 33 resisted assistance.

 

On the Enforcement Front:

You may have noticed an added police presence in the neighborhood through the month of December. The Castro CBD funded 64 hours of overtime police (known as 10B) on foot patrol throughout the district. Sixteen four hour shifts were staffed in the early evening, 5 to 9PM or late at night, 11PM to 3AM random dates and times from December 8 to December 27. Patrols are divided evenly between Market Street east of Sanchez to Octavia, and West of Sanchez to Diamond and the Castro District - see map.

 

The holiday program started on Monday December 8th for a 5 – 9PM shift. According to Andrea Aiello, executive director, Castro/Upper Market CBD, "The officer’s first order of business was to call the EMT for an injured homeless man. This is exactly what we are looking for with Castro Cares, to improve the quality of life for all residents (housed, not/marginally housed) and for those who work and play here."

The soft launch of the added enforcement resulted in over 41 citations and warnings on just 9 of the shifts ranging from infractions for verbal assault, trespassing, shoplifting among others. As this was a soft launch we did have some data collection issues that are being worked on.

 

As the Program Unfolds:

The Castro Cares beat officers will be conducting community outreach and will focus particularly on these types of issues that affect us all:

Public drunkenness

 

Aggressive panhandling

Late-night rowdy or violent behavior

Bike riding and skateboarding on the sidewalk

Public urination

Public open-container and substance use/abuse

Trespassing

People going through city and personal/merchant trash cans creating a mess.

 

To ensure that the 10B officers know the neighborhood and are sensitive to the diverse community in the Castro/Upper Market, Castro Cares requested that the officers all be drawn from Mission Station.

 

Key Component for Success:

The fully implemented Castro Cares program will provide 95 hours a week of added enforcement and outreach work. The full cost of the Program is over $360,000 per year.

 

Supervisor Wiener has championed Castro Cares and was able to allocate $100,000 a year for two years in the city budget. The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District is also contributing $15,000 and has secured an additional $15,000 in grants. That leaves $220,000 left to be raised in the community for OUR community.

To succeed, Castro Cares is dependent on YOUR participation AND contributions. Fundraising for Castro Cares began in December and we are pleased that we have already raised $150,000 from grants, business and resident contributions. However, $200,000 is still needed to fully implement the program.

 

WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION: To donate and to learn more go to: www.castrocares.org

With everyone’s involvement, Castro Cares will be a success and it will improve the quality of life for everyone who lives, works, shops and plays in the Castro.

Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association is a charter member of Castro Cares and has played a leadership role in its development.