New Details on Affordable Housing Project

(This letter from GGTA President Bill Hannan was sent to all GGTA members with email on Tuesday, Nov. 25, but concerns the entire neighborhood.)

Dear GGTA board members –

At last night’s meeting of the affordable housing working group, Tom Radulovich of Livable City advised that Planning Code section 145.1 applies to Seawall Lot 322-1, the site of the proposed project at Broadway and Front.  As I understood Tom, this code section requires that any on-site parking be set back 25 feet from any street, with “active uses” facing the streets.

This should reassure those who are concerned that an on-site parking garage would result in “blank walls” along the sidewalks (like Washington Street between Battery and Davis) that would be bad for the neighborhood.  The Port’s preliminary papers indicate there will be no “blank walls” longer than 20 feet, but there has been continued concern because the Port insists on-site public parking will be needed to support retailers or other commercial ground floor users such as offices.

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Join GGTA, Help Preserve Rent Control and Quality of Life

Dear GGTA members –

Today I received a notice of my Gateway rent increase for the coming year, based on my January anniversary date.  It is one per cent.  (Your increase may vary based on your anniversary date.)  Thanks to the blessings of San Francisco rent control, we are not subject to the drastic rent increases that are caused by market rates.

We at GGTA remain alert for any attempts to revoke rent control or trim it back.  We support the community watch program begun earlier this year by Bob Demchick and recently handed off to Sue Rokaw, who presided at a meeting in October addressed by SFPD Central Station’s Captain David Lazar.

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Gateway Community Watch Meeting Covers Emergency Preparedness

Will you be ready in case a fire, earthquake or other disaster makes it necessary to evacuate your building?

Do you even know where to go?

A meeting of the Gateway Community Watch from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the Holding Company in 2 Embarcadero Center focused on emergency preparedness to answer these questions and more.

The meetings have been spearheaded by the Golden Gateway Tenants Association.

Irina Chatsova of of San Francisco SAFE and Gateway resident Sue Rokaw, who is the community watch point person, facilitated the meeting. About 20 people attended.

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Next Community Watch Meeting Nov. 10 Includes Emergency Preparedness

Please join your neighbors for the next in a series of community watch meetings at the Gateway Apartments and Townhomes from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at the Holding Company on the third floor (plaza level) of 2 Embarcadero Center.

It will include information on personal emergency preparedness and a community watch emergency preparedness plan. Andrea Jorgenson, planner/San Francisco Fire Department/Department of Emergency Management Disaster Corps volunteer coordinator, will be the featured speaker.

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