Some amazing person recently hung up a stretch of canvas with a cup of markers on the fence of the still-vacant lot. "Draw something!" it says! I drew a thistle as they are delightful and grow there in swaths in early summer. Here's a link to the pic: pic.twitter.com/nDON6Up17K There was quite a bit more drawing on it when I walked past it today. Kudos to whomever did this.
Progress for Cow Hollow and its Equinox fans: It seems almost certain that Cow Hollow is getting the city's second Equinox. They even have a Twitter account where you can track progress...
Half of this equation has been solved! A permit has been issued for a new apartment building on the southern lot.
Here’s a great post from the City of SF's Chief Innovation Officer, Jay Nath:
"Hack SF by doing what Rebar did to parking spaces leading to Park(ing) day and parklets. One hack that should be explored is taking advantage of the street festival permit. The City for under $1K will close down streets, reroute traffic and change public transit routes. If the Folsom Street Fair is any indication we have quite a bit of freedom to experiment and innovate."
Wow. That is quite a feat! I wonder if the City would consider streamlining the process for projects like this now that we've seen the success of Proxy.
Casey, I've gotten to know Douglas from Proxy over the past year. His story of what it took to make it happen is incredible. They had to create a development company, file over 50+ permits, and continue to jump through hurdles to make it happen. But ... it is possible!
Here's a statement from Douglas - www.spontaneousinterventions.o...
"Yet we bit, motivated by the possibilities of transforming under-imagined territory. We hypothesized compelling temporary uses, sought out prospective vendors, developed design strategies that utilized low-cost, easily deployable modules, and built coalitions with neighborhood groups, local business owners, and city officials. Within nine months our first vendor, who uses liquid nitrogen to make ice cream and until then had operated out of a red Radio Flyer wagon, opened for business on a formerly derelict parking lot."
I think something like Proxy would work well. It would be really great for summer into October, too, when there's so much going on around Ft. Mason.
I bet the regulations can be looked up in the city's zoning ordinances....or by contacting someone in the planning department. In any case, we know the Christmas Tree folks have an in...
I wonder what the timing and regulations are for pre-existing gas stations? I'd think there is a certain regulation, if planning for a food service to take over the space, does anyone know what the process would be or how to find out?