Measure to protect SF artist, manufacturing space makes November ballot

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

Artists fighting to stay in San Francisco get help from Supervisors. Now it is up to the public to vote to protect the artistic soul of our city, blue collar jobs and affordable housing and non-profits that share PDR zoning and uses.

Artists facing displacement from their homes, studios or apartments is a growing concern in San Francisco. The Redlick Building at 17th and Mission streets (pictured above) was one such place where artists faced displacement because of a development boom

In the last regularly scheduled meeting before summer recess, the Board of Supervisors voted to place on the November ballot a measure to protect space for manufacturing, artist and community uses amid the development boom.

Under the measure, developers in the South of Market and Mission neighborhoods would need to replace the so-called production, distribution, repair space they convert or demolish to make way for office or housing development. The amount they’d be required to replace depends on the location in those neighborhoods and would be 50 percent, 75 percent or 100 percent.

Such spaces are vital to artists and local manufacturing but are being demolished or converted to create lucrative housing or office space during the development boom.

The ballot measure was introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim and placed on the ballot in a 7-4 vote Tuesday.

Kim, along with supervisors Aaron Peskin, David Campos, Eric Mar, John Avalos, Norman Yee and London Breed supported it. Peskin and Campos were [co-]sponsors… (more)