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Monterey Safeway expansion plans scrapped; store to be ‘upgraded’

Unfortunate news from the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

Sunnyside Neighborhood Association

For ten years there have been plans afoot to remodel and expand Sunnyside’s Safeway store at 625 Monterey Blvd. Representatives from Albertsons Companies, which bought the Safeway chain in 2015, have just announced that these original plans to overhaul the store are no longer being pursued by the company.

Natalie Mattei, Albertsons Senior Real Estate Manager, has been in regular contact with SNA over the years. She had this to say about the change in plans this week:

“Although the existing store was not being demolished [under previous plans], the extensive construction would have resulted in the grocery store being closed for 10-14 months. Safeway was fortunate to have an amazing group of immediate neighbors and interested community members who helped with design questions and support the entitlement effort. Safeway was close to obtaining building permits this past Fall, at which time a review of building costs and retail developments caused…

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Developer Guided Walking Tour Of the Balboa Reservoir Site

Date and Time: Saturday, December 2nd from 10am-12pmBalboa-Reservoir-e1453857959221

Where: Meet at Philz Coffee at Unity Plaza, 1110 Ocean Avenue

What: A walking tour and discussion with interested community members of the Balboa Reservoir led by representatives from the Avalon Bay/BRIDGE housing development and architecture team.  We will explore potential locations of the proposed large park open space, new pedestrian connections to the surrounding neighborhood, and the proposed new housing, along with a possible childcare center, dog play area, and other community amenities.

Tonight: Balboa Reservoir Project community meeting

From The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

Sunnyside Neighborhood Association

The Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) is meeting this evening. The CAC is the focus of local community participation in planning the housing development at the Balboa Reservoir. All residents are welcome at the meetings of the BRCAC. Monday Nov 13, 6:15-8pm, Multi-Use Building, Room 140, 55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco CA.

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Bike sharing is coming to Sunnyside

stationMotivate, the operator of the Ford Gobike branded bike share system is proposing three bike stations in Sunnyside and would like your input.

The system offers public use of the bikes for $3.00 per half hour ride,  $9.95 for a day pass or $145.00 for a year of unlimited forty-five-minute rides.  If you qualify for Calfresh, SFMTA (Low Income) Lifeline Passes or PG&E CARE utility discount you can get a year of unlimited one-hour rides for $5.00.

Bike sharing is a great way to get around for people who would like to cycle but it also frees up space on the streets for drivers and it lightens the load for Muni by diverting people to other modes of transit.


The proposed station locations are Monterey at Gennesee, Hearst at Edna, Hearst at Baden and Judson, near Gennesee.

Motivate says their Ford GoBike station locations are determined based on a combination of community feedback (public workshops, community meetings, etc), engineering analysis, neighborhood needs and input from the city of San Francisco. Additionally, when selecting suitable locations, numerous criteria are considered including access to solar power, American Disabilities Act requirements and anticipated demand. You can read more about their outreach process on their expansion page.

You can provide feedback on individual locations through their online survey, which is also available in Spanish and Chinese.

Monterey Blvd is now an official high injury corridor.

The latest Vision Zero map is out and our Monterey Boulevard is now included as a high injury corrcrashidor. The area between Ridgewood and Edna streets are now eligible for more funding for traffic calming because, under the Vision Zero Program extra attention is focused on the thirteen percent of the streets that cause seventy five percent of the city’s serious injuries.

Other streets in the neighborhood with this distinction are San Jose Avenue, as well as Geneva and Ocean between Phelan and Mission.

Geneva and Ocean, by the way have shovel ready plans to finish the improvements that have already been completed between Manor and Phelan. All that is need is the funding.

Sat May 13: Special community meeting on Balboa Reservoir Project — you can affect the outcome of this new housing development nearby

Source: Sat May 13: Special community meeting on Balboa Reservoir Project — you can affect the outcome of this new housing development nearby

Balboa Reservoir developer teams to show competing proposals

From the San Francisco Planning Department:

We are pleased to announce new details on how to participate in the developer selection process for the Balboa Reservoir. The information below can also be found on the Community Portal for the developer selection process at There you will also find Frequently Asked Questions on this process and additional background resources.

Meeting #1: Presentation of Proposals

On Saturday, June 10 at 10am, in the Archbishop Riordan High School Cafeteria (175 Phelan Ave), the three finalist development teams will present their proposals, followed by discussion and comments. Refreshments and children’s activities will be made available at the meeting.

Note that the meeting date has changed from previously discussed dates.

Meeting #2: Screening of Presentations

Following the June 10 meeting, the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) will screen a video of the presentations and facilitate discussion, with additional opportunity to comment. We will announce the date and time of this meeting shortly and expect it to occur on a weekday evening within a week or two of June 10.

Online: Recording of Presentations and Additional Materials

A video of the developer presentations, the slideshow from June 10th, as well as other documents that the development teams submit to the City will also be posted on the Community Portal.

Ways to Comment in June

  • Submit comments at the June 10 meeting
  • Submit comments at Meeting #2 at the BRCAC (date to be determined)
  • Submit comments online through the Community Portal
  • Mail written comments to: Office of Economic and Workforce Development, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., Room 448, San Francisco, CA 94102, ATTN: Tom Shanahan

We will provide reminders and updates as the meeting dates approach. We look forward to sharing the development proposals and hearing your feedback in June.

The selection of a developer is only the beginning of a multi-year process that must occur before the development plan is finalized and approved. During that period, the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) will also continue to serve as a primary venue for public information and feedback. After the developer is selected, community design workshops will be held to discuss issues like site design, housing, open space and transportation in more detail than the meetings in June. To receive future announcements about BRCAC meetings, visit and click the orange “Stay Informed” button.

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