Fri & Sat: Balboa Reservoir Community Open House

On Friday April 20th and Saturday April 21st, view the developers’ plans for the Balboa Reservoir, including open space and community amenities. Give your feedback and talk with the design team. Ask questions, talk with neighbors, have refreshments.

  • When: Friday Apr 20, 2-6pm and Saturday Apr 21, 10am-2pm.
  • Where: 1100 Ocean Ave Community Room, off Unity Plaza next to Philz.
  • What: More links about the Balboa Reservoir Project here.
  • PDF Open House flyers for download: ENGLISHSPANISHCHINESE

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News about changes at Balboa Park Bart Station

Source: http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2018/news20180111-1

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Improvements at Balboa Park Station Jan.-Mar. 2018
Over the next few months, we will continue our work to make improvements to Balboa Park Station. We will create new, more secure entrances, relocate the fare gates for better access, remove the old ceiling and lighting and replace with improved ceiling and lighting, improve the stairway to Geneva Ave., and create an improved and more aesthetic wall on the east side of the station using a design created with input from the community.

For this work, the contractor has constructed a secure area where they will keep their equipment. In addition, barricades will be constructed during each phase of the work to guide passengers safely past the work areas. Please look out for signs and barricades and follow instructions from BART personnel. There will always be an accessible pathway through the station.

The work is planned to be completed by the end of March 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause you and thank you for your patience.

Source for above: http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2018/news20180111-1

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Someday… An image from the design firm helping redesign Balboa Park Bart Station. From: http://designbythebay.com/balboa-park-station/

Balboa Area TDM approved; Commission shows support for shuttle idea

Yesterday the SF County Transportation Authority met at City Hall. The Balboa Area Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Framework was on the agenda for approval. [Read entire TDM here (PDF).]

The commission approved the TDM in this form, although it is a nonbinding document. However, it was encouraging to see that various of the supervisors responded favorably to concerns raised by members of the public who were present at the meeting. That included SNA President Stephen Martinpinto and Chair of SNA’s Balboa Reservoir Committee, Rita Evans. Rita reports the following (emphasis website editor’s):

“SFCTA comprises the Board of Supervisors acting as Commissioners so we were directing our comments to the supervisors. While they did vote to approve the framework, there were a number of very interesting comments during the discussion period.

“A shuttle, and a developer-funded shuttle in particular, was mentioned by several commissioners. The word ‘shuttle’ may have barely made it into the draft TDM, but it sure was on people’s radar at today’s SFCTA meeting. Jeremy Shaw [of SF Planning Dept] did some waffling when asked whether the developer supports or would fund a shuttle and was called out by Supervisor Cohen, who asked him if that was a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Jeremy said he could not speak for the developer.

“Supervisor Cohen characterized Avalon Bay as ‘a difficult company to work with.’ She said AB will create a lot of problems for the city. She specifically cited labor contracts, hiring union workers, and paying prevailing wages. Cohen also said it is essential that the developers and the development ‘be mindful and respectful of current residents.’ Cohen proposed a continuing resolution which would have tabled action until next month but was persuaded to withdraw it.

“Supervisor Breed asked a number of questions about public input, public meetings and how comments have been incorporated. She asked about the level of involvement and engagement with City College and wanted to know specifically about any meetings held between Planning Dept and CCSF.

“Supervisor Yee spoke at length, before and after public comments, and summarized the memo he has added to the TDM Framework (it will be included in the final version). He urged the authority to approve the document after acknowledging its many flaws and limitations and noting that decisions would be based on planning reports and other documents yet to come.

“Yee also said that if the Residential Parking Permit program is part of the developer’s final package of measures to address parking demand, then he’s going to ask that the developer pay the costs, not existing residents.”

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Balboa Area TDM now in final form — to be approved Tuesday

The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Framework for the Balboa Area has been released in its final form, with an introductory letter from Supervisor Norman Yee. (PDF of TDM and letter here.) The TDM will guide planning for transportation in the Balboa Station/Balboa Reservoir area, setting priorities for managing the increase in traffic and transit use resulting from future changes (such as the Balboa Reservoir Project housing development). From the executive summary:

“The Balboa Area Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Framework process was designed to initiate collaboration between the City, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and surrounding neighborhoods in the effort to encourage sustainable transportation choices in the area. … [The] four overarching goals for the Balboa Area:
• Reduce vehicle-miles traveled (VMT)
• Reduce auto trips
• Reduce traffic congestion
• Reduce transportation costs to preserve housing affordability”

An excerpt from Supervisor Yee’s introductory letter:

“After several rounds of community input and revisions, the development of the TDM Framework included discussions that led to a greater understanding of community concerns related to traffic, safety, transit, and data collection. … Ultimately, the TDM Framework sparked an ongoing, productive conversation and path forward for the many ways we can encourage sustainable travel and maintain access for all in the Balboa Area. This is a continuing work in progress and an ongoing conversation and collaboration with the students, employees, and residents in the neighborhood.”

The agenda for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority meeting on Tuesday Jan 9 (10am, Room 250, City Hall) indicates they will be adopting the framework then. The meeting is open to the public.

Public comment can also be submitted to: Clerk of the Board Alberto Quintanilla clerk@sfcta.org .

More info on meeting here

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Map from Balboa Area TDM (final) See document here: https://sunnysideassociation.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/item-7-balboa-park-tdm_2017_12_31.pdf