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Two community events are planned this Saturday, June 23, regarding the Balboa Reservoir housing project development.

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Join the Balboa Reservoir Open Space Community Workshop!

SATURDAY JUNE 23, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Community Room, Ingleside Library,
1298 Ocean Avenue, SF CA 94112 [MAP]
  • Engage in interactive activities about how the open space could be designed and used
  • Give the development and design team your feedback
  • Ask questions! Have refreshments! Meet neighbors!

For more information about the Balboa Reservoir development, please visit BalboaReservoir.com.

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Despite chilly winds last Thursday May 17, many local residents turned out for the community walk from the site of the proposed Balboa Reservoir housing project to the Balboa Park BART and MUNI Station, to evaluate the hazards to pedestrians and bicyclists. The aim of the developers and the City is to encourage more car-free transit use for new and existing residents in the area, but this particular route can be unpleasant and dangerous. There will be improvements to this route, including items already planned in SFMTA’s Ocean Avenue project. More about that here.

Many representatives were present from the AvalonBay/BRIDGE development team for the project, as well as from SFMTA and WalkSF, to take feedback and offer participants the chance to answer survey questions about various elements of this quarter-mile stretch of Ocean Ave. Developer website: http://www.balboareservoir.com/

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Balboa Reservoir community walk on Ocean Ave. Ocean and Phelan (Frida Kahlo Way). May 17, 2018. Photo Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

It was a lively conversation. A great many on the walk participants were seasoned transit users with clear opinions about this infamous route to the Station.  A reporter from the Ingleside-Excelsior Light was present.

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Balboa Reservoir community walk on Ocean Ave. Balboa Park BART Station North Entrance. May 17, 2018. Photo Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

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As part of the development of the Balboa Reservoir for housing, the noisy hazard-ridden pedestrian route from there to the Balboa Park Station is being addressed. Join the development team for a walk on Ocean Avenue on Thursday May 17, 6-7:30pm. From SF Planning Dept:

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Dear Balboa Community Members,

The Balboa Reservoir development team will be hosting a community walk along Ocean Avenue from the Balboa Reservoir to BART/MUNI on Thursday, May 17th. This will be an opportunity to discuss the existing challenges and opportunities to improve the transportation conditions along this stretch of right-of-way.

The walk will be from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on Thursday, May 17th and will begin at Unity Plaza (outside of 1100 Ocean Avenue).

Thank you for your ongoing interest and participation in the Balboa Reservoir project.

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From Ocean Avenue Association.

Thursday, February 22, 2:00–6:00 p.m. Tomorrow is the Ocean Avenue Arts Bazaar at Unity Plaza from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Shop for handmade items from local artists, and enjoy live music.

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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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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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