Members of the Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim Club received an invitation by mail to an informational presentation by developer Simon Snellgrove to hear his 8 Washington Street proposal. The presentation is on Tuesday, October 10, 6:00pm, at the Pier One Bayside Conference Room.
We hope you have enjoyed your Labor Day Holiday, and were able to spend some time relaxing at the Club. Even though many people were out of town, the Club seemed quite busy during the long weekend, especially the pool area.
Friends of Golden Gateway (FOGG) wishes to thank all who have made the effort to write, email or fax the Port of San Francisco showing your support in keeping this open recreational space and opposing the proposed development known as 8 Washington.
The FOGG Steering Committee is initiating a letter writing campaign as part of its ongoing efforts to preserve the open recreational space at the GGTSC.
And, we need your help.
We are in what you could call the lazy days of summer. As we spend some time with friends or family at our beautiful Club, it seems so distant that the Club, as we know it, could be gone forever.
The 43rd Committee meeting was held on Wednesday, May 24, 2006.
Attendees were: Bill Benkavitch, Allan Brotsky, Muriel Brotsky, Dave Burnett, Jim Eggert, Al Glassgold, Ed Helfeld, Lorraine Honig, Victor Honig, Bob Iwersen, Joan McCormick, Stuart Nishenko, Lee Radner, Rogene Radner, Martie Young.
1 Chairman Lee Radner led a discussion of how the proposed development is expected to proceed. There has been no formal proposal submitted by Simon Snellgrove. Lee said the Mr. Snellgrove would not allow FOGG to post the current proposal drawings on our website, until they are final. Liaison indicates that his formal plan will be submitted most likely in July. FOGG representatives are continuing to monitor actions both at the SF Port Commission and at the Planning Department. Lee is scheduling a meeting with Supervisor Aaron Peskin to keep him updated on development plans.
FOGG sent a letter to the San Francisco Port Commission, following up the informational presentation on April 11, 2006 by Simon Snellgrove, the developer. Here is the letter sent, April 17, 2006.
Dear President Lazarus and Members of the Commission:
This letter reaffirms the Friends of Golden Gatewayâ€™s (FOGG) stance on maintaining the open recreational space known as the Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim Club, and the need for its continued use as originally planned. The proposed development known as 8 Washington will significantly change for the worse our neighborhood, and we believe it is not in the best interest of the San Francisco waterfront. FOGG has over 800 members. Members of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers and Barbary Coast Neighborhood Assoc. also support our position.
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.
DEAR FRIENDS & SUPPORTERS
Simon Snellgrove, the developer who proposes to put 170 luxury condominiums and over 600 underground parking spaces on the Golden Gate Tennis & Swim Club, will be making an informational presentation to the S.F. Port Commissioners on TUESDAY – APRIL 11, 2006 at 3:00PM. Location is on the second floor of the Ferry Building, in the Port Board Room.
This presentation OPEN by Mr. Snellgrove is a prelude to his requesting the Port Commissioners grant exclusive rights to their seawall parking lot property, adjacent to the Club’s parking area, along the Embarcadero. He already has a two year option on the remaining property, which includes the Club’s tennis and swim facilities. If Mr. Snellgrove succeeds in receiving the rights to the Port’s parking lot property, he will then seek approval through the various agencies and Board of Supervisors, before beginning construction on this massive project. It will close the outdoor facilities for two years, and there is no guarantee the recreational space will then be restored, even in a limited space.
What can you do? Try to attend the April i 11 meeting. The more supporters that show up, the more the Commissioners should realize this is a development project that only benefits the well to do. They should understand that the project will drastically reduce the amount of open recreational space still available for use in the City.
It is time for all of us to alert our friends and community organizations that they need to support FOGG in its efforts to save this precious open space. We must come together and communicate that we are more than just a neighborhood group…that we represent a large and diverse membership that extends throughout the City and Bay area.
Your support is important and critical. Please keep tuned…log on to www.fogg.us (our website), for up to date information, and how you can participate.
Tax deductible donations, to help defray our legal costs, are always appreciated. Make your checks out to Agape/FOGG, and send to James H. Eggert, Treasurer, 550 Davis Street #46, San Francisco CA 94111. Please write “For 2006 tax deduction” on the memo line. (Soon you will be able to donate through our website). Thank you for your time and effort. We look forward to seeing April 11. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Friends of Golden Gateway
The Steering Committee of Friends of Golden Gateway met on Wednesday, March 8th, with Simon Snellgrove (San Francisco Waterfront Partners), who is proposing a new development project on the site of the Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim Club.
His proposal by would relegate the outdoor Club activities to the north end of the Club, approximately where the existing pools and tennis courts 6 â€“ 9 are now. Â Six tennis courts, and two swimming pools, reconfigured, would be availableÂ on the proposed site.
Mr. Snellgrove wants to construct underground parking for at least 350 cars at the site, and build twoÂ buildings with a total of 170 high priced condominium units, the most expensive housing in the city, as he stated. Â The buildings would be 84Â ft. in height, and be locatedÂ at the corners of the Embarcadero and Washington, and Washington and Drumm Streets.Â Â Entrances to the underground parking would be on the Embarcadero and on Washington Street, with the exitÂ on Washington Street.Â
His proposal includes a public walkway through the property from Jackson/Drumm to the Embarcadero. Â There would be no Club House facilities on the outdoor activity site.
The Club House would be located on the condo side of the public walkway, and could only be reached by crossing the public walkway.
It should be noted that Mr. Snellgrove is the developer of Piers 1 1/2 – 5, where shops and restaurants will soon be een opened. 3 Â It goes without saying he needs parking, and since part of the property for the new developmentÂ is under control of the Port Authority (presently a parking lot), they will no doubt support the opportunity for additional parking space. Construction would require the demolition of all existing Club outdoor facilities.Â Construction of the new Club could take up to two years.Â We have no guarantee that the new Club will happen.
The FOGG Steering Committee is opposed to such commercial usage as it destroys one of the few outdoor open recreational spaces still available to our community. Â The plan would certainly reduce, if not eliminate, activities that promote the welfare of our youth and families.
We ask members of FOGG to be ready to do battle, once again, to preserve the open recreational space. Â Soon you will be called upon for as much assistance as possible.
We will keep you advised of developments asÂ they unfold. Attendance at meetings…letter writing…lobbying…fund raising, whatever it takes to stop this development. Â We have had a period of relative quiet.Â Now is the time to roll up our sleeves, go back to work and all become active in saving the Club.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.Â Please contact me
Welcome to the 2006 edition of the FoGG web site.
We’re still very much ‘under construction’ – but there will be lots happening here in the next few days. So watch this space!
In the mean time, please have a look at our old web site. Just click on “Web Site 2005′ in the Links menu.