Recent News Recap

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.
Teatro ZinZanni
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.
88 Broadway
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.  
447 Battery
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.

What is the GGTA?

The Golden Gateway Tenants Association is a volunteer organization that informs its members and all Gateway tenants, and advances mutual interests including the preservation of rent control. We meet with Gateway management to discuss tenant concerns; keep track of neighborhood developments that affect our quality of life; and promote social events that allow residents to meet and share common interests. The GGTA was founded in 1982 and has been a vocal advocate for the neighborhood and renters from day one. 
Please join us! The larger our membership, the more impact we can make on our corner of San Francisco.You can follow our activities here: 
This website: goldengatewaytenants.org 
Facebook: search for GGTA Tenants
NextDoor: search for Gateway Tenants

We also provide current information to our members via e-mail.

Annual Membership Meeting and SFFD Sat, Feb 9, 2019

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
and SFFD PRESENTATION 
Saturday, February 9, 2019
The meeting will begin at 10:00 am followed by a presentation by the SFFD at the GatewayTheater 
at 215 Jackson Street
Speakers will include GGTA Officers and board members will be elected for 2019 followed by SFFD staff discussing fire prevention, preparation and response. 
All residents of the Gateway are invited to attend the membership meeting. 
To Become a Member
Annual dues are $30.  Checks payable to GGTA may be mailed to PO Box 2134, San Francisco, CA 94126, or will be accepted at the door. Please fill in and bring the “coupon” below along with your dues payment or mail it with your payment. You can also join through our website’s Join or Renew web page: 

GGTA December News

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

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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 myggta@gmail.com 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.

Thank you!

The Gateway

Tom Gilligan

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!

The Fire

All tenants affected by the fire have found new quarters while their units are being renovated. The repairs will take a while, and Gateway management says they will keep in close contact with the VS tenants that are waiting to move back into their apartments. Many of you have asked about more fire extinguishers, sprinklers, emergency procedures at The Gateway, and more. We sent all your ideas and questions to management for their consideration.

Bed Bugs

We have learned that bed bugs have been found in several units in Vista East. We appeal to all Vista East residents to inspect their furniture, especially beds, couches and chairs, to check for small red bed bugs. If you find any, please contact Gateway management at (415) 434-5707.

The Gateway has contracts with pest control services, and will arrange any necessary inspections, testing and treatment. All inspections, testing and treatments will be free of charge to the residents.

If you want to know more about bed bugs, treatment options and how to dispose of affected furniture, please see this website: https://www.sfdph.org/dph/EH/Housing/ BedBugs.asp

Neighborhood Projects

Seawall Project

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.

The Central District Police Station

We welcome Captain Robert Yick as the New Commanding Officer at the Central Station located at 766 Vallejo Street in North Beach. “I am dedicated to working with the community, merchants and stakeholders to ensure that the Central District is safe place to reside and visit.”

To subscribe to the Central Station’s Email Newsletter, please follow this link: http://sanfranciscopolice.org/ central-newsletters

Acrobat PDF: december-updates-2018.pdf

Building Projects at 88 Broadway and 735 Davis Street

Developer John Stewart Company is proceeding with design, financing and City approvals of two affordable housing buildings on the block bounded by Broadway, Front, Vallejo and Davis Streets, on two parcels now used as parking lots, one owned by the Port and the other by the SF Department of Public Works. 

The larger building at 88 Broadway will have 130 units of family housing, and will occupy the entire western half of the block.  The smaller building at 735 Davis will have 54 senior housing units, will occupy part of the eastern half of the block, and will be flanked by existing buildings.  A north/south walkway through the entire block will separate the two new buildings, and an east/west walkway through the entire block will pass through the 88 Broadway building, and will separate 735 Davis from the existing building to its south. One or possibly two restaurants or cafes are proposed at street level.  The buildings will fit within existing 65-foot and 40-foot height limits.

The two buildings will be managed by Bridge Housing.  Rental units will be available to a mix of low income, very low income, and moderate or middle income tenants. Construction is expected to begin in 2019, and to take 19 months for 88 Broadway, and 16 months for 735 Davis.

We will update you on the progress when construction begins!

Teatro Zinzani

Teatro ZinZanni’s project to build a 285-seat dinner theater and 4-story 192-room hotel on Port property at Broadway and the Embarcadero is moving through the City’s approval process.  The site is now a 250-space triangular parking lot.

The building will fit within the existing 40-foot height limit.  Arriving patrons will use a recessed 80-foot long passenger loading zone on Broadway.  No new parking spaces will be provided, and 35 street parking spaces will disappear.  TZ will lease 50 parking spaces at 847 Front Street. The Vallejo Street right-of-way will be vacated. There will be a small privately maintained park at the north end.

Demolition of the parking lot and construction of the project are expected to begin in 2019, and construction time is estimated to be 22 months.  Construction hours will be 7AM to 5PM Mondays through Fridays, with “occasional” work on Saturdays. There will be no pile driving.

We will update you when construction begins!

Brief Fire Update October 25, 2018

The meeting today was well attended by tenants affected by the fire and those who are eager to help.

Gateway Managers Dan Valdez, Clay Tominaga and Lidiya Alexander,

Supervisor Aaron Peskin, his Chief of Staff Sunny Angulo, as well as

Aaron Armstrong, Project Director at Restoration Management Company, were there to explain the process.

If you are affected you should contact Dan or Lidiya ASAP to set up a meeting. Aaron Armstrong will join the meeting, you can also bring your insurance rep and, if you so desire, your own restoration contractor.

Dan Valdez assured us that they are working hard on restoring the apartments with little damage first so you can move back in soon. If there is no debris on your apartment floor, no fire or water damage they might release your apartment in the next couple of days.

The Gateway will provide interim housing for you, – please contact the office for more details.

Dan Valdez, dvaldez@thegateway.com, 415.203-5732

Lidiya Alexander, lalexander@thegateway.com, 415.4334-5709

NEED HELP?

A lot of residents have also asked us how they can help. Can they provide a meal for you? Can they run errands with/for you? Can they help you make calls?

Sunny Angulo (415.554-7451) said Aaron Peskin’s office is able to help with necessary items from hygiene kits to blankets to clothes.

The community cares about you! Please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Angulo or the GGTA.