The Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association (DTNA) represents residents, businesses and property owners in San Francisco's Duboce Triangle neighborhood, bordered by Market St., Castro St., Divisidero St., Waller St., Webster St. and Duboce Avenue. Our goal is to protect, maintain and improve our neighborhood quality of life, and ensure that the Duboce Triangle continues to be San Francisco's very best neighborhood in which to live, work and play.
We hold monthly community meetings on the second Monday in February, April, June, August, October and December, at which we cover topics important to our neighborhood. Click on "Meetings" more more information. Our next general meeting will be held on Monday, February 8, from 7-9:30 pm at the Auditorium (Level B) of CPMC Davies Hospital at Duboce and Castro Streets. We hope to see you there!
We publish a bimonthly newsletter which is distributed, free of charge, to over 3,000 households in our neighborhood, and sent to city leaders. Please support the local businesses which advertise in our newsletter and allow us to provide you with this valuable service.
DTNA also has active committees working on Land Use and Transportation issues. We're always looking for volunteers interested in participating. Click on the links above for more information.
If you live in the neighborhood and are not yet a DTNA member, please Join us and support our efforts!
HOW TO SUPPORT DTNA'S FIGHT FOR A COMMUNITY PROCESS AROUND PROPOSED SEX OFFENDER REHAB CENTER
DTNA has filed a Request for Jurisdiction and Appeal with the Board of Appeals, asking them to "take jurisdiction" over the Letter of Determination issued in late December, which is being interpreted to allow Sharper Future to open for business at 100 Church without any vetting or community process. DTNA believes the letter was issued in error based on a misunderstanding of Sharper Future's plans, and that those plans represent a Change of Use for 100 Church. We want the Board of Appeals to disallow Sharper Future from operating at 100 Church until a Change of Use has been approved, which will entail a more lengthy community process and the opportunity for neighbors to make their case as to why this should or should not be allowed.
We are receiving lots of inquiries from concerned neighbors who want to help. For now, the best thing people can do is to email the Board of Appeals to say that you SUPPORT DTNA'S "Request for Jurisdiction" and want DTNA to be able to appeal the Letter of Determination. You can reference Record No. 2015-015882ZAD (100 Church St.) and send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The hearing date is February 17 at 5 pm in City Hall, room 416.
And don't forget that Sharper Future will be presenting their plans at DTNA's meeting on Monday, February 8 (see above.)
Sharper Future, a "Sex Offender Rehabilitation Center," Surprises Neighborhood with Announcement they will Relocate and Open at 100 Church St.
Presentation and Q&A at DTNA General Meeting on 2/8
DTNA was as surprised as the rest of the neighborhood to learn, on January 15, that the large retail space at 100 Church St. which had previously been occupied by Out of the Closet Thrift Store, had been leased to Sharper Future, a private-sector mental health service provider specializing in the assessment and treatment of individuals with behavioral and mental health issues, and most particularly on convicted sex offenders who are trying to (or have been court-ordered to) overcome their issues.
The San Francisco Planning Department issued a Letter of Determination on December 29, 2015, essentially stating that the space could be used for this purpose without any further city approvals or entitlements. Medical Services are principally permitted on the ground floor and so Sharper Future's plans are allowable. However, there was a fifteen-day period during which the Letter of Determination could have been appealed, had anyone been aware of it.
DTNA and neighbors of the property were notified a couple of days after the appeal period for the determination letter had expired, leaving the neighborhood without any formal process for vetting or contesting what certainly to us seems like a new use for the space. While DTNA is not expressing any opinions about Sharper Future or their proposed business at 100 Church at this time, the announcement has created a great deal of concern in the neighborhood and it is easy to understand why residents are very upset that there was zero community outreach prior to the consummation of the lease.
One Friday, January 22, Supervisor Wiener wrote to the property owner, Maitri (a hospice for persons dying of AIDS and other illnesses, which occupies the second floor of the property) and asked them not to proceed with these new plans until there had been an opportunity for public outreach. At this writing, we are not aware of any response from Maitri or Sharper Future. DTNA is also considering its options for a jurisdictional appeal of the Letter of Determination or of Sharper Future's building permits in order to create time for outreach and resolution of neighborhood concerns.
DTNA has not heard of any neighborhood issues created by Sharper Future at their current location, near Market St. and Van Ness Ave., but because this has only come to our attention in the past few days, we have not had much time to investigate. We hope to have more information soon.
In order to give the neighborhood an opportunity to hear about these plans in detail and respond to them, Sharper Future will attend DTNA's General Meeting on February 8 (see above) and present their plans to the community, as well as take questions. If you have concerns or questions about Sharper Future's business and their plans, please attend and use this opportunity to ask them directly.
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