What Have We Done for You Lately? Plenty!

District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, GGTA Treasurer Bob Demchick, President Bill Hannan and Security Liaison Sue Rokaw at the 2016 Annual Meeting. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)
District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, GGTA Treasurer Bob Demchick, President Bill Hannan and Security Liaison Sue Rokaw at the 2016 Annual Meeting. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)

Sometimes people wonder why a tenants association is needed and question what we do and why they should join and support us.

GGTA’s main mission, and reason why it was founded, is to protect rent control. But our board also works hard behind-the-scenes to maintain and improve the quality of life for all residents on many levels. While we don’t advocate for tenants in individual disputes with management, we communicate with the Gateway regularly about security and other issues affecting all residents.

Recently, we’ve been watchdogs and advocates for a number of other neighborhood topics, including:

  • Asking the Chinatown shuttle to stop running diesel buses along Washington Street, which pollutes our air and apartments

  • Monitoring plans for a 19-story, 182-room hotel with eight condos at 447 Battery St., which will take the place of the building housing Cort Furniture (for more details on an upcoming meeting, please click here: http://goldengatewaytenants.org/meeting-dec-8-for-proposed-high-rise-hotel-on-battery/)

  • Attending public meetings on affordable housing planned for Broadway and Front Street and potential dedicated bike lanes on the Embarcadero

  • Supporting the new Teatro ZinZanni circus dinner theater and hotel on Broadway and the Embarcadero

    All this is in addition to organizing monthly socials and other special events to build community, such as our annual Halloween Party in conjunction with the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association and an upcoming Holiday Party on Dec. 15 at a member’s home in Vista West. Also, save the date for our 2017 Annual Meeting on Feb. 25; more details to come.

    Keep an eye our on this News page and on Nextdoor for information about socials and events, and please visit our Join or Renew page to sign up for only $15 your first year. We work hard on your behalf; please help us continue to help our community!

Meeting Dec. 8 for Proposed High-Rise Hotel on Battery

Developers are planning to raze the three-story brick building at 447 Battery St. housing a Cort Furniture showroom in order to build a 19-story hotel with 182 rooms and eight private residences. Community members can attend a meeting about this at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Heller Manus offices in the Transamerica Building, 600 Montgomery St., No. 100 (main floor).

Important: Space is very limited, and RSVPs are strongly requested. Email jhoover@bergdavis.com if you plan to go.

This pre-application meeting, according to an invitation sent out to some neighbors, “is intended to facilitate a discussion of the preliminary project concepts between the project team, adjacent neighbors, and community organizations before submitting an application to the city. The process is vital because it provides neighbors the opportunity to ask questions about the project at a very early stage, before plans are submitted for Planning Department review.”

At an earlier meeting last spring, neighbors were told the architects would be careful about “light and air issues” and would not exceed zoned height limits. Also, a four-star hotel operator was chosen to manage the property, and the project sponsor will live in one of the residences. For more details about the previous meeting, please see this Hoodline article: “More Details Emerge About Hotel Proposed For 447 Battery.”

Halloween Party a Huge Success, As Always

The GGTA was proud to cosponsor the popular Halloween Party with our friends at the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA) from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. on Oct. 31 on the plaza level at the Gateway Apartments.

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Even though it threatened to rain, dozens turned out to enjoy pizza and hand out candy to the kids in costume. Afterward, the children went trick-or-treating around the Golden Gateway town houses and Golden Gateway Commons buildings across Jackson Street.

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Many thanks to everyone who organized and participated in this annual event, which helps build with our mission of building community.9e6ad299-580d-4e39-8f9d-bf476d385df0

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Teatro ZinZanni Planning Return to Waterfront

Rendering of Teatro ZinZanni The Theater & Hotel @ Broadway, San Francisco, California, courtesy of Teatro ZinZanni and Kenwood Investments.
Rendering of Teatro ZinZanni The Theater & Hotel @ Broadway, San Francisco, California, courtesy of Teatro ZinZanni and Kenwood Investments.

Teatro ZinZanni (motto “Love, Chaos, Dinner”) is coming our way. After several years of popular dinner theater in a large antique circus tent pitched on Pier 27, TZ was booted out to make room for the America’s Cup, and the new cruise terminal.

The new plans are for a 180-room hotel and dinner theater at Broadway and the Embarcadero on a triangular Port parcel now used as a parking lot. The Port will lease the land to TZ and its developer Kenwood Investments for 66 years. The proposed structure will fit within the existing 40-foot height limit (plus rooftop fixtures). The current plan is for a red brick structure, enclosing the theater tent in a clear glass cylinder. 

The building will include a restaurant at the corner of Broadway and the Embarcadero, with some outdoor seating. There will be no on-site parking.  A small privately-maintained triangular park will occupy the northern end of the site.

The Golden Gateway Tenants Association and the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association have attended multiple community information meetings, and have consistently expressed support for the project to City officials. The permit process is moving slowly along. Construction is expected to begin about 2019.

GGTA Accepts Honor for Donations to Kids Camps

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The Golden Gateway Tenants Association has proudly accepted a Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for its support of the Kids Camps at the Bay Club at the Gateway.

GGTA President Bill Hannan received the certificate at a donors’ luncheon on Oct. 9 at L’Olivier Restaurant. The event honored those who contributed to helping local children from low-income areas to attend summer camps at the Bay Club, the recreation center that serves the Gateway community and beyond.

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