CAPA to Host Forum on the Future of Laguna Hill
The CAPA meeting on Thursday,
Sept. 8, 2005 in the Castro Meeting Room at 501 Castro at
The development of Laguna Hill on the edge of the Castro district at Laguna and Market will have a significant impact on the Castro and Upper Market area. UC Berkeley and their developer propose building over 400 units of housing with some retail and public uses. However, a series of workshops sponsored by the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association proposed several alternative scenarios for new uses on the site including more public and community facilities along with some housing. And a third party, the New College of San Francisco has proposed locating part of its campus in the site’s historic buildings, with new student and faculty housing plus open space.
The Laguna Hill campus, which has historic structures as
well as large undeveloped areas, has been mostly inactive since the Berkeley
Extension program ceased operations there in 2003. The site is currently zoned
for “P” for public use; zoning for any other uses would have to be approved by
the Board of Supervisors. The site is also in the middle of the
While the site is over a mile from the heart of the Castro,
it is located in Supervisorial District 8 which also includes the Castro and
CAPA leads SPUR tour of Castro – Sept 24
Saturday, Sept. 24, CAPA will host a walking tour of the Castro for members of
San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR). The tour will highlight some
of the many efforts to manage change and growth while maintaining the Castro's
unique identity, including new infill mixed use buildings on
will be an excellent opportunity for CAPA to present to both residents and
citizens from all over the city the “big picture” of the variety of planning
and community initiatives taking place in the Castro. The tour will begin at
10:00 am on Sept. 24 at the
PedMount News Rack Program: By the end
of the year, the Castro will be the first neighborhood outside downtown to
receive new fixed, pedestal mounted news racks. Dan McKenna of the Dept. of
Public Works made a presentation on the news rack program to replace individual
news racks with pedmount racks that hold up to 16 newspaper boxes, including
local weeklies, the GLBT press, and the daily newspapers. Clear Channel will
operate and maintain the racks with rents and advertising revenue. Pedmount
racks will be located at intersections on
The DPW has surveyed all of the current individual news racks to determine which publications will be given right of first refusal on spaces in the new racks. No other racks will be allowed in the area covered in the pedmount program, although there will be no limit even just outside the boundaries of that area.
CAPA/SPUR Walking Tour Planning Joe Curtin was invited by Gabriel Metcalf, the new Executive Director of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) to conduct a walking tour of the Castro and Upper Market for SPUR members. The tour will take place on Saturday Sept. 24.
Update from Supervisor Dufty:
also reported on development possibilities that his office has been informed of
on a site next to the
1. Call to Order/Introductions 7:30 p.m.
2. Approval of Agenda and previous meeting’s Minutes
Laguna Hill Forum
4. Castro/Community Benefits District
5. CAPA/SPUR Walking Tour Planning Joe Curtin
6. Finance Report and Membership Update
7. New Business
8. Adjournment 9:00 p.m.