Candidate for Supervisor Proposes New Mission District BART Station

first_imgA new BART station and thousands of units of housing may transform the area of the Mission District south of Cesar Chavez Street, if a candidate for District Nine supervisor has his way.Josh Arce, a community liaison for laborers union Local 261 running to replace Supervisor David Campos, laid out plans on Thursday to replace the Safeway and its parking lot at 30th and Mission streets with a new BART station, and to develop dozens of parcels in the area to increase the neighborhood’s housing supply by 2,000 units.The development, part of a proposed “Mission Street South of Cesar Chavez” plan, would “not touch any existing housing,” Arce said. The housing built would be a mix of market-rate projects and affordable housing.“There’s never really been a plan for this neighborhood,” he added, standing with some 20 supporters in the Safeway parking lot at 3350 Mission St. where the new station would go. The Safeway itself could be incorporated into the new station, Arce said, or a new store could be built elsewhere. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img The triangular slice of the Mission District between Mission and Valencia streets below Cesar Chavez Street — known by some as “La Lengua,” the “tongue” of the Mission — has no integrated transit plan, Arce said, and is ripe for housing needed to address the “displacement crisis” in the gentrifying neighborhood.“This is a neighborhood that can play a part in the solution,” he said, saying the BART station could be the cornerstone of a new corridor. “What if that solution is just right here below our feet? And that solution, I propose, is the potential for a brand new BART station right here at Mission and 30th streets.” The plans for the new transit station and housing are preliminary. Arce said the development “might take a long time” and estimated that the BART station alone could cost $200-$300 million. He said a mixture of developer’s fees from new market-rate housing in the corridor and state or federal funds could finance the project.BART is hoping to pass a $3.5 billion bond in November to updates its aging infrastructure, but none of that money would go towards expanding service lines or building new stations. The current system “was built about 45 years ago to last 45 years,” said a spokesperson, who added that a new stations is “not a top priority.”“We’ve not had any interest generated until just now in a 30th Street station, it’s not really on our radar,” said Taylor Huckaby, a spokesperson for BART. The system will look to expand services and add stations to existing track, but Huckaby said it would take time.“It’s something that we’re interested in doing much further down the road,” he said, without giving a specific timeline.A 2003 study by BART looked at the 30th and Mission streets site as one of several in San Francisco for an “infill” station that would sit atop existing track, Huckaby said, but nothing has been done since then. That study put the cost of the station at between $440–$530 million, but Huckaby did not know whether construction cost might be cheaper or more expensive today.Candidates Pledge Thousands of Units of HousingThe proposal for a new BART station is only the cornerstone of what Arce said would be a transformation of the entire La Lengua corridor, however.The thousands of units pledged would be contingent on rezoning dozens of parcels to allow for taller buildings, Arce said, up to 65 feet. Many of the lots are “soft sites,” those identified by the Planning Department as being underdeveloped with the potential for housing.Those sites could add more housing by building atop parking lots and other empty spaces, though some sit on existing buildings like single-story storefronts.The “soft sites” identified by the Planning Department on Mission Street south of Cesar Chavez Street. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Arce’s plan parallels that of one of his opponents, Hillary Ronen, who is also running for District Nine supervisor and currently serves as chief of staff for Supervisor Campos. Ronen announced in January her intention to build 5,000 affordable housing units in the Mission District in the next decade, saying she would develop empty lots and raise heights to accomplish the feat.The Mission District has seen no new units of affordable housing constructed in the last decade and just 455 units approved across four sites for the next four years. Those will be joined by a couple hundred more once funds from the housing bond passed last November are disbursed, but that would still be a fraction of the total Ronen has pledged for her term in office.On Thursday, Arce said he doubted Ronen’s plan, saying it lacked detail.“I don’t know that she has a plan,” he said. “I’m someone who thinks things should be very specific.” Arce’s plan does identify specific sites but would require that private developers construct market-rate housing on their own, feeding impact fees into the proposed BART station and affordable housing in the area. To incentivize developers to build there, dozens of parcels in the area would need to be rezoned for taller buildings.A similar rezoning effort that would have granted height bonuses to projects with higher percentages of affordable housing was bitterly opposed earlier this year, and it is unclear how Arce would accomplish the change needed to incentivize construction.At the press conference on Thursday, Arce was joined by Assemblymember David Chiu, who represents the eastern half of San Francisco in the State Assembly. Chiu , and quipped that he would have gotten to the conference earlier himself if there were a BART station on-site.“I was supposed to get here at 10 o’clock. I got here at 10:12. I would’ve gotten here on time if we had a 30th and Mission BART station,” Chiu said. “That’s why this vision is so important, this vision of doing something that has not been proposed in decades, and that is to add a new station.”Nicholas Josefowitz, a representative on the BART Board of Directors, also spoke on Thursday in support of the plan, saying the city needed to make better use of its remaining lots to build up housing and transit infrastructure. “We’re sitting here today in a half-empty parking lot,” he said. “Is that really what we want for our communities, half-empty parking lots?”Josefowitz acknowledged that “there is no point building new stuff if our system is falling apart,” but added that Bart must also look to “move forward” and anticipate greater demand for transit in the area.“We don’t want to just plan as a system to rebuild what we have,” he said. last_img read more

Developments in Development Community wins

first_imgDevelopments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news.Sure, they’re controversial to some, but activists in the Mission have achieved a lot in recent years, and several of those wins are becoming tangible.For one, Alex Nieto’s family is crowdfunding for a memorial to their son, the man shot by police in Bernal Heights Park in 2014. While the fundraiser is only about a tenth of the way to its goal, the fact that the memorial will exist was a major victory when the Board of Supervisors approved a mandate to the Recreation and Parks department to install it. With plenty of help offered up by neighbors and supporters in all areas of its production, it’s safe to say it’s only a matter of time before your strolls through Bernal Heights Park will take you past a monument to Nieto.Affordable housing at 1950 Mission Street is closer to breaking ground by being granted a streamlined environmental review, according to Socketsite reports. The land, formerly an abandoned school, has been a symbol of the city’s ongoing efforts to figure out how to fight homelessness. It has been serving as the city’s first Navigation Center, a transitional shelter with intensive focus on ending clients’ homelessness, for more than two years. When plans for the building were first announced, 1950 Mission was the first entirely-affordable housing to be built in the Mission in nearly a decade. 0% Sometimes local groups develop an exceptionally broad recognition. Calle 24, a cultural corridor and advocacy group that has scored several preservationist victories for the street and often been a thorn in the side of potential developers, is now recognized as a state cultural district. It will join several other organizations around California in peer-to-peer exchanges and receive $5,000 for branding, technical, and promotional support through the program.While this has little to do with advocacy, it is a matter of community rebuilding: A reader asked us recently what’s going on with 2999 Harrison Street, a fire-damaged building where she reported squatters may have been living. That’s a concern because squatters have been known to cause repeat fires in burned out buildings, as they allegedly did at 22nd Street. I’m happy to report that building permits appear to have been filed for repairs on Harrison Street and these could add one dwelling unit to the existing one on site.Meanwhile, depending on how Planning responds, a crackdown may be coming to 2150 Folsom Street. Artists evicted from that space have recently been expressing concern that their former spaces would be taken over by the offices of an online clothing retailer, Everlane (the company denies having plans to do so). Now, someone has filed a complaint with the Planning Department alleging that the commercial spaces previously occupied by Workspace Limited are being converted into an unauthorized office space. The complaint is under review. center_img Tags: development • Developments in Development Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

LANCE Hohaia is confident Saints can return to Lee

first_imgLANCE Hohaia is confident Saints can return to Leeds and repeat the success of earlier in the season.He says recent form has shown they are at the top of their game and confident.“If you ask most people involved with the team they would say it has been a rocky season,” the 30-year-old said. “But now we are in week two of the playoffs and could progress closer to the Grand Final. It is a good position for us to be in.“We played well against Hull KR and we owed them a performance really. They beat us in the Cup and at home but we have come a long way since then. That game gives us a lot of confidence heading into this week. That is a good thing as is momentum too.”One of the reasons for Saints recent successes has been settled combinations.Hohaia’s partnership with Jon Wilkin is working well and it complements the work of Jonny Lomax and James Roby too.“The combinations are pretty good at the moment,” Hohaia added. “It’s working with Jon in the halves and Jonny Lomax is dangerous at the back.“It’s important to have Roby back too. He is a great rugby player; one of a kind really in what he can do. He is classy and has that calm steadiness that all top players have.“He has definitely developed since I have been here too. He has developed a kicking game and his decision making is class. He has shown how important he is to the team. He is deceptive and if you take your eye off him he will make you pay.”Leeds come into Friday’s match on the back of a 40-20 loss at Warrington but Lance reckons they won’t want to give up their title without a fight.“Warrington performed as well as they have all year and were relentless. Leeds will be hurting from that. They will be in front of their home fans, with their big name players and will come out with confidence.“They will play well and we have to do the same too. We need to perform because we have a chance of making the semi-finals and going further. There is good confidence here and I’m sure that will transpire to the field too. We have a full squad to choose from and our best players on the field. We are confident we can do well but it will be a big challenge for us.“We need to start well. That was the disappointment of the Warrington game; we cannot afford to have those lapses. We need to thrive on the atmosphere and enjoy the game too. We don’t get to play in games like this too often so have to leave the field feeling satisfied.”Tickets for tonight’s match will be available from Headingley right up until kick off. Western terrace prices are £20 (adults), £13 (concessions, students, under 21s) and £5 (juniors).last_img read more

SAINTS ran in nine tries as they swamped Bradford

first_imgSAINTS ran in nine tries as they swamped Bradford 50-0 on Sunday.Led superbly by Luke Walsh and Lance Hohaia they overwhelmed the Bulls to pull within a point of Leeds at the top of the Super League table.They coasted to a 22-0 first half lead with Walsh imperious.He scored one and made three others, as his side overran the Bulls’ charge.Jon Wilkin bagged two whilst Jonny Lomax took advantage of Tommy Makinson’s great offload.The second half was a little tighter but well-worked tries from Makinson and Adam Swift within the first ten minutes underlined their superiority.Three more tries coming in the last quarter to finish off a complete performance.Saints named a familiar looking line up with Anthony Walker coming in at prop and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook moving to loose forward.Paul Wellens returned on the bench and there was a spot for Luke Thompson too.The Bulls made a couple of changes – Lee Gaskell partnering Danny Addy in the halves – and ex-Saint Jamie Foster was on the wing.Saints kicked off but two early penalties for offside gave Bradford a big opportunity.The visitors hung on but it was the Bulls that were making all the headway in the opening stages.Saints did test the Bulls’ line when James Roby chipped to Tommy Makinson in the 9th minute but seconds later Bradford broke and Foster just couldn’t collect a kick – the ball going over the touchline.From that scrum Saints scored. They moved it on the blindside and Matty Dawson went 70 metres only to be hauled down.The visitors had numbers on the left though and Jon Wilkin used all his strength to go over.Walsh with the extras.Saints had settled into their defensive structure very well denying Bradford any opportunity to take advantage of their slick play.And they were starting to poke through in attack as well threatening the line each time.Roby’s chip forced a drop out on 22 minutes – after Mose Masoe had been held up over the line – and then Greenwood went to within inches.You always felt a Saints try was coming though and when it did, it was superb.Lance Hohaia went to the line, stepped and ghosted through. Support wasn’t forthcoming but when the stand-off was tackled he offloaded to the sprinting Luke Walsh who went in under the sticks.Saints next score came courtesy of a Walsh chip to the corner which was taken in the air by Makinson and offloaded to Jonny Lomax.Adam O’Brien was denied by a last-ditch tackle on the line with four minutes to go and then Jonny Lomax took a high ball in ‘sand corner’ to quell an attack.But Saints were dominate and it showed when Walsh masterminded another try. His pass catching Wilkin on a simple line for his brace.In the second half Saints won an early repeat set and good hands saw Tommy Makinson cruise over.Saints then picked off a Bradford attack and Hohaia drew the defence for Adam Swift’s ninth of the season.Bradford had a chance on 60 minutes when they forced two repeat sets but inexplicably knocked on from the drop out.And Saints make them pay – Sia Soliola crossing for his side’s seventh of the afternoon.There was time for Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and James to get on the scoresheet in the final stages.Game as it happened here.Match Summary:Bulls: Tries: Goals: Saints: Tries: Wilkin (2), Walsh, Lomax, Makinson, Swift, Soliola, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, RobyGoals: Walsh (7 from 9)Penalties: Bulls: 6Saints: 5HT: 22-0FT: 50-0REF: Matthew ThomasonATT: 6311Teams:Bulls: 2. Elliot Kear; 22. Sam Wood, 21. Adam Henry, 34. Joe Arundel, 5. Jamie Foster; 16. Danny Addy, 17. Lee Gaskell; 35. Antonio Kaufusi, 9. Matt Diskin, 15. Adam Sidlow, 11. Tom Olbison, 3. Adrian Purtell, 33. Jay Pitts.Subs: 13. Chev Walker, 19. Adam O’Brien, 20. Luke George,  24. Alex Mellor.Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Josh Jones, 26. Matty Dawson, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh; 25. Anthony Walker, 9. James Roby, 18. Alex Walmsley, 12. Jon Wilkin, 23. Joe Greenwood, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 11. Sia Soliola,17. Paul Wellens, 28. Luke Thompson.last_img read more

Deputies search for wanted Pender County sex offender

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a registered sex offender who they say violated his residency requirements.Deputies say Nicholas William Barnhill, 31, is a registered sex offender who is in violation of residency requirements per his sex offender status. According to Captain James Rowell, his whereabouts are currently unknown since he left his Burgaw home sometime in October 2017. A felony warrant for his arrest is on file.- Advertisement – Rowell says “sex offenders are required to notify the sheriff within three days if they move within their registered county. If they move outside of their registered county, the requirement is that they report to the sheriff of the county they have moved to within 10 days. Barnhill did not report his move resulting in the violation that we are seeking him on.”Contact the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at 910-259-1212 or your local law enforcement if you know any information.Editor’s Note: Pender County Sheriff Office originally said Barnhill left his home in October 2016.last_img read more

Five inmates facing possible charges after inmate attacked at Tabor Correctional Institution

first_imgTABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — A criminal investigation is underway after an inmate was attacked early Wednesday morning at Tabor Correctional Institution.Sonja Bennett-Bellamy with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said the assault happened around 7:00 a.m. in a housing unit at the facility.- Advertisement – EMS took the inmate to a local hospital where he was treated and released about 3 1/2 hours later.Bennett-Bellamy said five inmates were placed in restricted housing as suspects. Local law enforcement responded. They are talking with the district attorney about possible charges.It’s suspected the five inmates attacked the other with some type of homemade weapon and also placed a padlock inside a sock to use as a weapon.Related Article: Felicity Huffman to plead guilty in admissions scam May 13Immediately after the assault there was a brief lockdown of that housing unit.Bennett-Bellamy said they do not have names right now of the suspects or the inmate who was beaten.Another assault also took place this morning at Columbus Correctional Institution.It happened just before 9:00 a.m.The inmate does not know who attacked him and can not identify the attacker, Bennett-Bellamy said.He was taken to Columbus Regional. He was treated and released.They did not recover a weapon.Law enforcement is investigation.No word on the extent of injuries in either case.Last Friday, a man serving a life sentence for a 2002 murder was stabbed several times at Columbus Correctional Institution.last_img read more

Fire out under investigation at Holly Shelter Game Land

first_img Holly Shelter Game Land fire (Surf City Fire Dept.) 1 of 8 Holly Shelter Game Land fire PHOTO: Hannah Smit PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A Sunday afternoon wild-fire had many eyes to the skies in Pender County. Forest service officials tell us it was out by 6:30 P.M.The N.C. Forest Service is investigating a brush fire that they say torched roughly a dozen acres of the Holly Shelter Game Land. Officials do not know yet if other private lands were charred from the fire as well.- Advertisement – Inside the Game Land PHOTO: Hannah Smit WWAY viewers from as far as Topsail Beach could see the smoke from the fire. Forest Serviceofficials say it all took place around Pinnacle Parkway around 3:00 in the afternoon.They say at least seven trucks helped subdue the fire with aid coming from New Hanover County and local departments. The Forestry Service also used fire retardants and bucket dumps from helicopters as well as small engine air planes.Related Article: Surf City to break ground on new town hall in September“On a different day with different weather, this could have been a very different event,” said Chris Meggs with the Forest Service.Meggs tells us the fire endangered at least a dozen buildings, but no injuries came as a result of the fire. At this time, the Service says no homes were damaged either. Aerial attacks on Game Land fire PHOTO: Hannah Smitcenter_img View of fire from Topsail Beach PHOTO: Bonnie Jenkins Moore Game Land fire PHOTO: Hannah Smit Holly Shelter Game Land fire (Surf City Fire Dept.) Aerial resource for Holly Shelter Game Land fire (Surf City Fire Dept.)last_img read more

Oak Island bridge to close for months starting Monday

first_img The $15.8-million contract awarded to Sloan Construction of Duncan, SC earlier this year calls for the replacement of 28 spans of the bridge, a new roadway surface, and an upgrade to the existing barrier rail. There will also be improvements on a short stretch of N.C. 133 by the bridge, as well as 5.2 miles of East Oak Island Drive.According to a news release, although the contract was awarded more than four months ago, the start of work was held off until now to accommodate the summer tourism season, as well as last weekend’s U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament.NCDOT says the renovated bridge is scheduled to open to traffic by April 15, 2019, although the contractor can earn an incentive bonus for every day before that date that it opens.Related Article: NCDOT project may be consequential for DublinerN.C. 133 will be closed at the base of the bridge on both the north and south sides, with access remaining open to all homes and businesses along the highway.A signed detour will send traffic to the N.C. 906 (EF Middleton Boulevard) bridge to get on and off the island. Lane closures are possible at other times during the project, although no closures are allowed between 6 and 9 a.m. and 4 and 7 p.m. on Monday thru Thursday or between 6 a.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Sunday. G.V. Barbee Bridge (Photo: Town of Oak Island) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The G.V. Barbee Bridge on N.C. 133 over the Intracoastal Waterway will be closing for six months, starting at 7 a.m. Monday.NCDOT says the closure is needed to allow a contractor to safely do extensive preservation work and repairs to the bridge.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to close for two weekends

first_img Crews will do rehabilitation work designed to extend the life of the bridge.Traffic will be detoured to the Isabel Holmes Bridge. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A heavily traveled bridge will soon be closing for a couple of weekends.Cape Fear Memorial Bridge will be closed to all traffic for two of the next three weekends. The bridge will be closed 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday and those same hours the weekend of November 9-12.- Advertisement – last_img

Three brothers graduate from power line technician program at CFCC

first_img “I did my research on it. I thought you know what, this sounds like a great career field,” Josh said. It encompasses all the aspects I look for in a job. It’s physical, it’s mentally stimulating, and it benefits the community.”After realizing the program would be a good fit for his two brothers, he told them about it.“You know I’d always liked playing with electricity, wiring up car radios, speakers and everything, so I looked into it a little more and it pretty much caught my interest right off the bat” said Dakota.Related Article: Affordable housing project complete for disabled homelessThe journey to a certification got off to a rough start. As soon as the program began, it briefly stopped due to Hurricane Florence.“We could have been helping out our community come back together and be whole again,” Logan said. “It was frustrating that we were essentially useless but we knew that we were going into that industry.”CFCC says because of natural disasters such as Florence and the increase in technological developments, the need in this industry is high. That’s why the day didn’t end with just the graduation.Following the ceremony, seven companies, including Duke Energy, were there looking to hire.“Hopefully we can walk out of here with either a job or knowing that companies have interest in us,” Logan said.CFCC says the program has nearly tripled in size since its start this summer.The Luce brothers are part of the second class to go through the program, which had a total of 40 graduates.The next graduating class is already full with 45 students enrolled, 2 of which are women. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a special day for three Wilmington brothers as they all graduated from Cape Fear Community College’s new power line technician program.Logan, Joshua, and Dakota Luce grew up in rural California spending their days learning trade skills from their dad and grandpa. Now, the trio hopes to turn their childhood past times into a rewarding career. Josh Luce, the oldest brother, originally found the program.- Advertisement – last_img read more