Upper Market Planning Process Topic of February
Following on the work of the Market & Octavia Better
Neighborhoods Plan, the Upper Market Design Plan seeks to
set forth On Wed., Feb. 27, San Francisco Planning and Urban
Research (SPUR) will host city planner Sarah Dennis and
representatives of Moore Iacofano Goltsman (MIG) for a
lunch time forum on the Upper Market Planning Workshops.
The project team will discuss how they are crafting clear
guidance regarding retail uses, housing types, public realm and
other community improvements for development on key
opportunity sites in the Upper Market Corridor in an open
community based process that included three well attended
workshops last fall.
MIG are currently working on creating the draft plan for
presentation in the next two months or so. After the draft plan
is submitted to the City Planning staff they will make changes
to it, if necessary to meet community expectations, and present
a draft plan in March. To see the results of the community
meetings, go to the project website at
Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Library Renovations
Begins with a Celebration
THE Castro’s Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch
Library will be closing in March for a long awaited renovation
in March. The community is invited to a celebration on
Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 pm at the library at 1 Jose Sarria
Court on 16th Street between Noe and Sanchez Streets. In
addition to music and tours, the celebration will hone Steve
Coulter of the Library Commission for his service to the
LGBT Community and the San Francisco Pubic Libraries.
The renovation, funded by a $106 million bond passed by
voters in 2000, will preserve the mid-century modern structure
and includes seismic strengthening, improved heating and
ventilation, better handicapped access, and new furniture, plus
new space for various programs and user groups. During the
project expedited to last about a year, library service will be
provided at alternate sites in the neighborhood.
A proposal to incorporate an addition housing the GLBT
Historical Society at the library is not going forward, but the
Society is still considering a new location in the Castro,
possibly as a co-development with new private housing on
Market Street, pending the completion of the Upper Market
Detailed plans for the renovation can be viewed at the San
Francisco Public Library’s Branch Library Improvement
Program (BLIP) website, www.sfpl.org/blip.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE GENERAL MEETING
Thursday, January 10, 2008
1. Business Attraction Survey: Link to the LGBT Center’s
Business Attraction Survey will be added to the CAPA
2. Upper Market St. Workshop Update: Discussion of
proposals introduced in Upper Market Workshop,
including density bonuses for projects that incorporate
community uses and expedited approvals for projects
conforming to goals identified in the workshop by the
community. Joe Curtin asked that CAPA determine what
the conditions for expedited approval are, and what part of
the approvals process is expedited (conditional use, EIR,
design review). Further, what are the conditions that
CAPA supports? Conditions should conform to CAPA’s
goals for housing density, “good density”, parking
requirements, affordable housing, design and quality
construction, and community uses. Steve Hall expressed
preference for moderate sized units at higher density
preferred to larger units at lower density. Balance rentals
vs. ownership. More detailed recommendations for
guidelines will be presented for approval at the February
3. Eureka Valley Recreation Center: Several sources
report that the Recreation Center will start charging for
use of the meeting room, due to an increase in demand.
Gary Weiss will provide contact to staff for confirmation
and reservations so that CAPA can verify its status. Lion
Barnett has also informed neighborhood groups that the
Castro Meeting Room above the Bank of America is also
available for a moderate fee.
AGENDA FOR THE GENERAL MEETING
Thursday, February 14, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
1. Call to Order/Introductions 7:30 p.m.
2. Upper Market St. Workshop: Proposed guidelines
3. Historic Context Statement: Letter of Support
4. Business Attraction Survey
5. Harvey Milk Plaza/Streetscape Improvements Update
6. Finance Report and Membership Update
7. New Business
8. Adjournment 9:00 p.m.
Upper Market St. Workshop: Proposed guidelines for
expedited approval will be discussed for submittal to the
Upper Market Planning staff (see the January minutes above).
Business Attraction Survey: Members will share their ideas
for types of businesses that should be encouraged to open in
the Castro and Upper Market area, to be submitted to the
LGBT Center’s Economic Development Office.
Historic Context Statement: Vince Marsh and Gerry Takano
of the Friends of 1800 Market have asked for CAPA’s support
of their application for a city grant to survey the Castro and
complete a neighborhood specific historic context statement.