Here’s a recap of news from 2018… a busy year for the Golden Gateway and our neighborhood…
The Great Fire
On October 22, 2018 a candle set fire to an apartment curtain in Vista South. Fire and water damage emptied 30 units. The San Francisco Fire Department responded superbly, several residents were rescued, and no injuries were reported. GGTA representatives attended management’s meeting with displaced tenants to discuss repairs, which are taking several months. GGTA expressed appreciation to the SFFD by a letter to Chief Hayes-White, by delivering a large box of See’s Chocolates and three dozen donuts to Fire Station 13, and by sending representatives to speak at a November meeting of the Fire Commission, where one of our board members sang a personally-composed song of gratitude, accompanying himself on the guitar. GGTA has arranged for an SFFD fire safety presentation at its membership meeting on February 9.
Formerly located at Pier 29, Teatro ZinZanni proposes building a 4-story 192-unit hotel and 285-seat dinner theater on Port property at Broadway and the Embarcadero, with a restaurant at the corner. The project is moving through the City’s lengthy approval process. If approved, construction may begin as early as 2019, with completion in 2021. No pile driving will be allowed. GGTA welcomes this lively addition to our neighborhood.
This is an affordable housing rental project which will include some units for moderate-income tenants, located on Port and other public property on Broadway between Front and Davis. There will be one building for families, and a separate building for seniors, with heights varying from 4 to 6 stories. At least one cafe or restaurant is planned. Financing is currently being negotiated, and construction may be about the same time as Teatro ZinZanni’s.
The owners propose a 19-story 182-room hotel where Cort Furniture is now. The Planning Department has ruled out condominium units, and requires the owners to keep the existing 3-story red brick facade. The approval process is ongoing, with no known construction date.
Bars at Night
The Penthouse Club on Broadway is slated to stay open until 4:00 am (without alcohol service after 2:00) despite opposition by neighborhood groups including GGTA. Also, Senator Scott Wiener is reportedly renewing his local-option bill to allow bars to remain open and serve alcohol until 4:00 am. That bill was vetoed by Governor Brown last year, but Governor Newsom may not veto it if it passes this year. Neighborhood groups and our Board of Supervisors may be able to limit the extent of late-night bar areas, or arrange local controls if this bill passes.