The final report is in on the Oct 22, 2018 fire at Vista South, and it confirms candles (and a wind gust) as the responsible elements. “This fire was initiated by the window coverings coming into contact with the open flame of a candle.” View the full (very large) report.
- New laundry facilities: have been installed in each building. Management plans to add numbers to the washers and dryers so we can remember where we left our laundry!
- Recycling: Management will be posting new recycling signs in each trash room in the near future. Reminder – all boxes and items too large for the chute must be walked down to the respective building’s garage trash area on level B for disposal.
- Bedbugs: Incidences seem to be on the wane; however, if you believe your apartment has a problem, please let Gateway management know. It is their responsibility to address and solve all resident environmental issues.
- 88 Broadway/735 Davis: Construction began in April on the two-building affordable housing project to be located at 88 Broadway (6 stories, 130 units for families), and 735 Davis (4 stories, 52 units for seniors). Work is expected to continue for about two years. Foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise. Normal work hours will be 7 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday.
- Teatro ZinZanni: Representatives of GGTA and the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNa) appeared before the SF Planning Commission on May 2nd and spoke in support of the Teatro ZinZanni project, to be located on Port property at Broadway and the Embarcadero. The project includes a 192-room hotel with restaurant, and a 285-seat dinner theater in a glass-enclosed circus tent, and complies with the existing 4-story height limit. The Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the TZ project. The approvals process is continuing, and construction is expected to begin in 2020. Like 88 Broadway, foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise.
- Seawall Project: Last November SF voters passed a general obligation bond in the amount of $425,000,000 to begin restoring or replacing three miles of our Embarcadero Seawall, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek. Work is in the planning stages. First repairs are expected to be complete by 2026. The Port will host 45-minute seawall walking tours on May 16 and July 18. To sign up, go to the Port of San Francisco website and click on “seawall”.
- 447 Battery: A few years ago the owners proposed a 20-story structure: a hotel with condominiums on top. The SF Planning Department objected to the condominiums, and the project is currently being redesigned.
- Traffic Changes: SFMTA has approved several changes to traffic patterns in our neighborhood, including creation of bicycle lanes on some streets. These include bike lanes both ways on Davis Street between Broadway and Jackson. Some Gateway residents are concerned that bikers southbound on Davis will not stop at Jackson, but will continue into and through Davis Court, creating a safety problem in a plaza used by pedestrians, moving vans, service trucks, Sales office visitors, and motorists entering or leaving the Phase I Gateway parking garage. These concerns were raised at an April meeting of the SFMTA Board of Directors, and we were told that SFMTA will monitor safety at that location. These Davis bike lanes will not be physically separated from other lanes, but will be marked by pavement paint.
Next First Tuesday Social:
Tues, May 7 at
Harborview Restaurant (at the bar)
from 5:30-7:00 PM
Construction on the long-awaited 88 Broadway housing project is underway and will take place for about two years, Monday – Friday between 7AM and 5PM.
Occasional street/lane closures expected.
Here is a lot more about the project.
Thanks to all who attended the annual meeting:
Here’s a recap of news from 2018… a busy year for the Golden Gateway and our neighborhood…
Want to join the GGTA board and make a difference?… And, membership discount through the end of the year… And more in the December newsletter. Neighborhood Update
Happy Holidays to all our GGTA members and their families!
We wish you all a Prosperous, Happy & Healthy 2019
If you’d like to guide the Tenants Association’s Activities during 2019 and beyond, please throw your hat in the ring for President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary or Member-At-Large Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate a friend, a neighbor or yourself!
It’s nearly time to renew your GGTA membership.
If you pay before December 31st, 2018, the annual fee is only $20.00 (instead of $30.00) AND if you enroll a new member – just $15 for each of you.
Come on now – you can’t beat that.
Send your check to: GGTA, Post Office Box 2134, San Francisco, CA 94126. You can include your new enlistee in the same envelope. Remember to include both of your names, building and apartment numbers, email addresses and phone numbers.
The GGTA is mourning the loss of Vista East tenant and longtime GGTA board member Tom Gilligan (1939-2018). After spending much of his life in Washington D.C., Tom moved to San Francisco to watch his grandson Liam grow up. He took a lively interest in all those around him and was happily engaged in neighborhood activities. We lost a kind & generous man, who always found the humor in all things. He will be missed!
Over the past year, the Port’s Seawall team has been hard at work understanding the existing conditions and analyzing earthquake and flood vulnerabilities. The effort continues for projects to strengthen the Seawall and adapt to sea level rise. If you are interested please consider joining the next Seawall Community Meeting #3 to learn more about the Embarcadero Seawall and the City’s approach to sea level rise and seismic risks in the short, near, and long-term. Thursday, January 31 at 5:30 PM @ SPUR at 635 Mission Street
Building Project at 447 Battery Street
Here is a rendering of the updated design for 447 Battery, which will have no condos. The planning and approval process is continuing. We will update you with more information in 2019.
Sale of Office Building at 600 Battery Street
“The Registry” announced that Atlanta- based Invesco Real Estate has been selected as the buyer of the 117,939 square foot 600 Battery Street office building in San Francisco for approximately $120 million, or just over $1,017 per square foot. Invesco also has the opportunity to expand the size of the property. The office building is zoned C-2 with a height limit of 84 feet. This gives the new owner the potential to vertically add up to 93,000 square feet to the property in the future and expand the value of the asset further.
The sale has not yet closed and there are no known immediate plans to expand the building, but neighborhood groups like the GGTA and the BCNA will certainly watch the project and update you accordingly.