on June 10 2014
San Francisco’s Tech [ Bubble? ], Showplace Square Landmark designation misuse: the tip of the iceberg
Some of you may have received a Notice of Public Hearing earlier this week regarding the Showplace Building at 2 Henry Adams street. The hearing is about designating the building as a Landmark building.
This seems like a fairly harmless thing, but in fact it is not. The re-designation of this building is the first step in a process to remove the protections put in place for the design businesses and other Production, Distribution and Repair(PDR) businesses in this neighborhood. In short, it would allow the new owners of this building to convert the building to tech office space.
This process has so far been kept very quiet. Rumor has it is already a plan in place to move the Pinterest offices into the majority of the Showplace Building. This would potentially mean the loss of design offices and showrooms throughout both buildings as showrooms with leases can be moved to the Galleria displacing showrooms there as well. The hope was that if they could get this conversion to happen before anyone noticed then we would have very little recourse. However, the process is still in motion and we can stop it! The legislation that would allow this to happen has not yet passed.
Those who work and live in this city and have a voice. Use that voice now! Call your Supervisor, call
Malia Cohen, the Supervisor that represents this district and tell them to vote NO on this conversion -the names of the Supervisors along with their email addresses and phone numbers below.
Take a moment to call or write to them and let them know that we don’t want Pinterest or any other Tech company taking over the San Francisco Design Center.
• District 1 Eric Mar (415) 554-7410 Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org
• District 2 Mark Farrell (415) 554-7752 Mark.Farrell@sfgov.org
• District 3 David Chiu (415) 554-7450 David.Chiu@sfgov.org
• District 4 Katy Tang (415) 554-7460 Katy.Tang@sfgov.org
• District 5 London Breed (415) 554-7630 Breedstaff@sfgov.org
• District 6 Jane Kim (415) 554-7970 Jane.Kim@sfgov.org
• District 7 Norman Yee (415) 554-6516 Norman.Yee@sfgov.org
• District 8 Scott Wiener (415) 554-6968 Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org
• District 9 David Campos (415) 554-5144 David.Campos@sfgov.org
• District 10 Malia Cohen (415) 554-7670 Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org
• District 11 John Avalos (415) 554-6975 John.Avalos@sfgov.org
The piece of legislation is File #140307 that is currently before the Land Use and Economic
Development Committee. Please take the time to do this.
As one commenter stated this dangerous (to all long time residents & even short time residence of San Francisco: ”A landmark designation would clear the way for its conversion,” real estate blog SocketSite noted when the proposal surfaced several months ago. “Great move by the owners,” another commenter on the blog said. “Perhaps this will presage a wave of interest in historical preservation on the part of landlords."
The Landmark Loophole And Plan To Convert The SF Design Center Jan 9 2014
Plan To Convert San Francisco Design Center Building Pitched aug 6 2013
”Zoned for Production, Distribution & Repair (PDR), the conversion of the building to office use is not allowed by San Francisco’s Planning Code as of right. In fact, the conversion flies in the face of a key objective of San Francisco’s Showplace Square/Potrero Hill Area Plan which seeks to preserve the supply of PDR space within the district.”
Landmark designation doesn’t ensure preservation @sfgate Feb 22 2014 http://www.sfgate.com/business/bottomline/article/Landmark-designation-doesn-t-ensure-preservation-5258939.php
”.. A historic designation in this industrial neighborhood means developers could turn the Showplace at 2 Henry Adams St., a showcase for interior design since the 1970s, into another home for tech offices.”
”..The building, which sold in 2006 for $125 million, is zoned for production, distribution and repair. A landmark designation opens the building to office development. As a result, existing tenants - home furnishings and textile firms that occupy about two-thirds of the design center - face the prospect of being priced out of the building they have long called home.” ** That is some hefty profit in store for the deutchbank buyers.
SF Design Center http://www.sfdesigncenter.com/
Henry Adams: brains behind Design Center