Developer Simon Snellgrove made an informal presentation to the five member San Francisco Port Commission on Tuesday, April 11. The hearing was very well attended, despite the inclement weather conditions. More than 50 people assembled in the Port Commission Board Room.
Mr. Snellgrove stated again that the port area needs parking and that the reconstituted club would be a better facility with more open space, even though 3 tennis courts would be gone. He did not give many detailed specifics any different from his previous presentations that FOGG members have heard.
Following Mr. Snellgrove was the public comment period. More than 20 people spoke, the overwhelming majority were opposed to the project. The major concerns were the increased traffic and congestion, the lack of an area wide traffic and parking analysis and the loss of open recreational space. Several speakers, including Lee Radner, FOGG Chairman 4 and Fred Allardyce, President of the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association emphasized that this has been a planned community for a generation and the open recreational space is part of that vision. Nan Roth of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers reemphasized that the THD continue to concur with the opinions previously expressed by 2006 their organization and by Senator Diane Feinstein and Robert L. Rumsey that this site was intended only for use for recreation and open space, that this site was to be in perpetuity, and that this restriction was reflected in the original steeply discounted purchase price for the site.
FOGG was pleased at the large turnout and thanks both the speakers and those who attended on behalf of the effort to save the Club.
The next step will be for Mr. Snellgrove to present a written proposal to the Port Authorty staff.
FOGGi will be tracking this during the next days and weeks. We will keep all of our supporters advised.
If you would like to help, we are looking for volunteers. Please contact our Chairman, Lee Radner.
As always, contributions are welcome. Please click on the â€˜Donations to FOGGâ€™ link on this web site if you would like to make a tax deductible contribution.
Thank you again for your continued support.