Coming up this week — Mobility and the Balboa Reservoir

Building a new neighborhood in the Balboa Reservoir will help to alleviate the city’s housing crises but how do we do that without disrupting mobility? Transit, pedestrian access, traffic congestion, and parking are some of the parts of the puzzle to be solved before we can arrive at a safe and livable community for the whole area.

This month’s Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee meeting will discuss transportation to and around the future Reservoir neighborhood as well as the surrounding neighborhoods and CCSF. A speaker from Nelson Nygaard  Consultants will present the area-wide transportation demand management plan. Then we will turn our attention to the revised transportation parameters.

Of course, there will be opportunity for public comment.
Here’s the Agenda.

City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94112

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 6:15 PM

Guest Op-Ed: Build housing at the Balboa Reservoir




Corey Smith, community organizer of The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition sends us this guest op-ed piece about the most critical issue in our neighborhood, if not the city. The viewpoints are the opinions of the writer. (Full disclosure: a founder of FoMB is a member of the Balboa Reservoir CAC)

San Francisco is at a crossroads. Last November, we voted on five measures centered around housing, the most (unfortunately) divisive civic topic of our time. As a City we are firmly aware that 40 years of underdevelopment has contributed to the highest housing costs in the nation. Yep, we’re surpassed New York. My organization, the SF Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC), focuses on increasing housing opportunities for San Franciscans, at all income levels. And one way to do this is build as much housing as possible in a transit rich areas like the hotly contested Balboa Reservoir.

A 17-acre parcel, the Balboa Reservoir can be compared to recent developments that voters have approved last November. Prop D, or Mission Rock Development, the SF Giant’s proposal received an overwhelming 75% voter approval to transform a parking lot into 1,500 new homes, alongside 1.5 million sq ft of office space and 8 acres of parks. Mission Rock is a similar size parcel to Balboa Reservoir if you removed historic Pier 48, the new home to Anchor Brewery. This begs the question, “Shouldn’t we strive to achieve similar levels of housing and open space in an area that is better served by mass transit at the Balboa Reservoir site?”  

A 17-acre parcel in San Francisco is a rare gem, one we should not be wasting. Balboa Reservoir is an opportunity to take an surface parking lot and turn it into a beautiful mixed-use community – including homes for all types of San Franciscans who want to call San Francisco home. Enough green space for neighborhood size recreation, alongside community-focused retail.  Balboa Reservoir could be built to be a very desirable, vibrant place to live.

However, the community members showing up to advocate for what they want to see on the Balboa Reservoir are not imagining what it could be. I’ve attended several Balboa Reservoir CAC meetings and have heard — continuously — about reducing the number of homes to less than 1,000, lowering the heights, and creating an abundance of open space instead of building ample amounts of affordable housing on the parcel. They say, it shouldn’t be tall, dense and for all income levels.

This is why I’m writing to encourage The Friends of Monterey Blvd. to show up and chime in on what you would like to see at the Balboa Reservoir. We’re running out or time to add your voice to this conversation of the future of the Balboa Reservoir. Building guidelines will be determined in the next few months and the next CAC meeting will be the final one discussing housing requirements. Come this Monday night (3/14) at 6:15pm at CCSF. I will be there, hope to see you too.

Community Organizer, SFHAC

Dennis Nix: Victim of hit-and-run on Monterey Blvd.

News from the Glen Park Association

Dennis Nix Dennis Nix, circa 2006

Story by Murray Schneider

One of Glen Park’s own, Dennis Nix, 60, died on November 22, a victim of a suspected hit-and-run motor vehicle incident. The collision occurred around 2:30 a.m., only blocks from Nix’s Mangels Avenue home. Traveling on his scooter near Monterey Boulevard and the BART station, Nix, who had earlier left a Front-Runners end-of-the year awards party at the United Irish Cultural Center on Sloat Boulevard, was struck and pronounced dead at the scene.

Nearly a month later, friends of the Staten Islander remain saddened at the Sunnyside resident’s death.

“Dennis was a remarkable person, primarily because he didn’t see himself as particularly remarkable,” said Shari Weefur, a friend and colleague who worked with Nix at MCI Communication Corporation in the early 1980s. “He was amazingly balanced in his approach to life and people and, consequently wound up with a mixed group of…

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Balboa Reservoir CAC Transportation Meeting

The next meeting of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee will be on Monday November 30 at 6:30 PM at the Multi Use Building, 55 Phelan.

City staff will be presenting the draft transportation parameters for discussion by the public and the CAC. Staff has also sent this memo to the CAC members to prepare them for the meeting.

Read it and leave your comments!

BRCAC Meeting & Information Updates

From The SNA.

Sunnyside Neighborhood Association

Here are our latest updates regarding meetings, notes and resources for your review and feedback.

Links related to the Monday 10/19 rescheduled regular BRCAC meeting:

FYI, paid parking is available adjacent to the Multi-Use Building.

Please note that the Monday, November 9, 2015 meeting is cancelled and…

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Special Meeting of the Balboa Reservoir CAC Thursday, November 5

Last month’s meeting on housing and urban design had an ambitious agenda. The Planning Department’s development parameters for housing got some attention but due to a lot of public response, discussion of the urban design parameters had to be delayed and given its own special meeting.

The CAC will therefore meet this Thursday at 6:45 in room 140 in the Multi Use Building, 55 Phelan Ave. If you are new to the project, please arrive at 6:00 p.m. for a brief project overview so that you will be up to speed when the meeting gets underway.

Here’s the Agenda. (pdf) And here is the September 19 proposed development parameters. (pdf) Come prepared! Read the parameters before commenting!

Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule

BalRes CAC flyer Oct-Dec EN

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