Compromise Reached with Developer on 5367 Diamond Heights Blvd. / 1900 Diamond – see details below

SF Planning Commission Virtual Hearing, February 3, 1 pm
 
The San Francisco Planning Commission will vote on the proposal on Thursday, February 3 at its virtual meeting that starts at 1:00 pm. To submit comments pro and con, please contact Gabriela.Pantoja@sfgov.org, 628-652-7380 or commission.secretary@sfplaning.org by cutting and pasting these addresses. For information on the agenda and on how to access the meeting, go to https://sfplanning.org/hearings one week before February 3. Please see the attached Notice of Public Hearing at the end of this message.Message Posted on 1900 Diamond For All Website:

We would like to inform you that as a leadership group we have been working with The Emerald Fund, the developer of 1900 Diamond, on a compromise proposal which addresses many of the neighborhood concerns. We have done so at the urging of our Supervisor Rafael Mandelman who has indicated he needs to remain neutral. The City Attorney has not been willing to take a position on the use of the land and the Planning Dept. has chosen to take a narrow interpretation of the CEQA review. 

Although some may be disappointed, there has been a considerable investment in time and money in this effort. After 1.5 years pushing for a better outcome; addressing environmental, neighborhood and legal concerns at a cost of +$100k in legal, architects and expert fees, significant changes have been made by the Emerald Fund to the project which benefit the neighborhood (see http://www.1900diamondforall.com for this message)

  • Monterey Cypress Trees: 10 of the 16 cherished Monterey Cypress street trees have been saved. In addition we are working with the developer and its arborist on a tree protection plan before, during and after construction. Also the homeowners association of 1900 Diamond, will be responsible for maintaining the health of these trees.
  • Public Viewing Platform: creation of viewing platform with 180 degree views north from the City skyline, East Mt. Diablo and South along the bay.
  • Public Staircase Connecting Neighborhood: creation of a public walkway from Diamond St up the hillside to Diamond Heights Blvd connecting the Upper Noe and Diamond Heights neighborhoods. As you walk down the stairs you will see views of the City and Bay.
  • Blends Into Neighborhood Context: Improved aesthetics fit into the neighborhood context blending the buildings into the hillside. The buildings have been set back to allow for existing and new trees and vegetation. The design and use of natural looking wood like materials reduce the visual impact on the street. 
  • Increased Traffic Safety / Street Parking: The number of driveways has been reduced by almost half, from 15 to 8. This increases street parking and reduces the number of vehicles entering/ egressing on Diamond St. A bulb out and mid-block crosswalk is planned for the Diamond and Beacon St intersection, and a bulb out is planned for DH Blvd., just north of the bus stop.  In addition the developer has agreed to work with us on additional potential traffic mitigation efforts. 
  • Affordable Housing: Although there will not be affordable units on the site, some of the units have been reduced in size and will be lower priced. The Emerald Fund will be paying $2.8 MM into the City affordable housing fund, which is expected to lead directly to the creation of approximately 11 affordable homes, and the Cesar Chavez Foundation has stated it is its intent to build affordable housing in California.
  • Vista Del Monte Affordable Housing Residents: We have worked with the Emerald Fund to ensure that proper care is taken to protect the more vulnerable residents. The Emerald Fund will request that the Cesar Chavez Foundation conduct a pre-building inspection to make sure buildings are structurally safe and can handle the construction. 
  • Construction Monitoring Noise, Air etc.: Emerald Fund will have a 24 hour line for neighbors to call about concerns. Emerald Fund will provide vibration, noise, air quality and dust monitoring devices at the Vista Del Monte buildings and the adjacent senior apartment buildings during construction.

Due to these significant changes the former 1900DiamondforAll leadership will no longer oppose the development nor help with opposition efforts. 

We feel this is a very good outcome especially given the political environment in our city and state. Thank you all for your support – without you we would not have achieved the significant changes to make 1900 Diamond a more compelling project for the neighborhood.

Best,

1900DiamondForAll Leadership

Canceled: Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project Workday January 8, 9-12 noon

It seems best to cancel our workday on January 8 out of caution to protect volunteers from the spread of COVID. 

We hope the COVID situation will improve so that we may have a workday on Saturday, Feb. 12, 9:00 am to 12 noon. We plan to meet every second Saturday of the month when weather and other conditions permit a safe workday.

Stay safe and well,

Betsy for the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project

Event Canceled

Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project
Workday January 8, 9-12 noon

Please join us for even an hour or two!

Happy New Year! Let’s start out 2022 by improving the appearance of our Diamond Heights median islands.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have worked hard to improve the appearance of our median islands along Diamond Heights Blvd.!

Betsy Eddy
Acting Coordinator

DHCA Announcement: District 8 Webinar on Driverless Cars and Impact to Businesses Jan. 15, 11 – 12 noon

Cruise + Six D8 Community Leaders discuss how innovation from Cruise will shape the future of small business,
Wednesday, December 15, 11 am – 12 Noon 

Bob Pullum, DHCA Co-President, will represent Diamond Heights in this Webinar. See below for registration.

Join Cruise and six community leaders from San Francisco District 8, for a compelling, in-depth discussion about the challenges being faced by small business in the city right now, and how new technology being developed by Cruise will transform the landscape and offer those businesses new opportunities to better connect with their customers.

The California DMV has approved Cruise’s Driverless Testing Permit. After years of careful testing, thoughtful development, and robust validation, Cruise is now taking the natural next step and slowly beginning fully driverless testing with zero emission vehicles in San Francisco.

In this 8th in a series of citywide webinars, Moderator Vas Kiniris, the Director of Business Development at NEXTSF, will be joined by Chhavi Sahni, Public Affairs Manager at Cruise, and the six District 8 leaders.

San Francisco District 8 is comprised of Glen Park, Diamond Heights, Noe Valley, Mission Dolores, and the Castro.

Bob Pullum, DHCA Co-President will represent Diamond Heights.


Message from Vas Kiniris
Hello friends and colleagues, 

Happy holidays!  Please join me and @next_sf as we explore District 8 in San Francisco! 

Listen to community leaders as they share their observations on their neighborhoods, and provide some insight into the future of retail and their commercial corridors! 
This is our last forum of the year and it’s sure to be engaging and informative! 

Where To, San Francisco?-D8 Forum
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 / 11am – 12pm

San Francisco District 8 is comprised of Glen Park, Diamond Heights, Noe Valley, Mission Dolores, and the Castro. 

OUR PANELISTS

Andrea Aiello
Executive Director, Castro CBD 
@inthecastro

Zoel Fages
Member at large
@glen_parkmerchantssf 

Michelle O’Connor
Owner
@justforfunsf 

Ryen Motzek
President
@missionmerchantsassociation 

Haley Adams
Co-Vice President
@castromerchants 

Bob Pullum
Co-President
Diamond Heights Community Association
https://dhcasf.org/

REGISTER NOW!
https://where-to-san-francisco-D8-cruise-webinar.eventbrite.com.  


Best,
Vas Kiniris
Business Development Director 
 www.next-sf.net 

Co-Chair
SFPD Chief Scott’s Small Business 
Advisory Forum

(Cell) 510-333-0401

https://linktr.ee/vaskiniris

DHCA Announcement: Join Us – Median Project Workday, Dec. 11, 9 – 12 noon

Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project Workday Dec. 11th, 9-12 noon
Please join us for even an hour or two!

Thank you to all the volunteers who have worked hard to improve the appearance of our median islands along Diamond Heights Blvd.!

Betsy Eddy
Acting Coordinator

DHCA Announcement: DH Blvd. Median Project Workday, Nov. 13, 9 am

Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project Volunteer Workday Saturday, November 13th, 9-12 noon
Please join us for even an hour or two!

The plants on the median island are happy with the recent rains. The rains have also encouraged weeds to again thrive. Your help is needed to get a handle on the weeds before they get out of hand. Our approach is to keep the block in front of the shopping center and the median in front of St. Aidan’s church weeded. We plan to continue to weed whack/trim the grass on down to Diamond Street.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 13th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon – helping us even one hour would be terrific!
Location: Meet at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church on DH Blvd. at Gold Mine Dr.
Work: Pull weeds, pick up trash on the median islands and spread one pile of wood chips
Recommended for 12 years and older
No gardening experience required  
Supplies: Kneeling pads, gloves, safety vests, weeding tools and bottled water will be provided. You may wish to wear masks to reduce the risk to new COVID variants and to avoid breathing in dust. You may also want to bring your own gloves and weeding tools.
Bathrooms will be available in the upper level of the church. 

Please let me know if you plan to attend. Please reply if you have questions about the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have worked hard to improve the appearance of our median islands along Diamond Heights Blvd.!

Betsy Eddy
Acting Coordinator

Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project

Volunteer Workday Saturday, October 9, 9-12 noon

Please join us for even an hour or two!

Date: Saturday, October 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon – helping us even one hour would be terrific!
Location: Meet at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church on DH Blvd. at Gold Mine Dr.
Work: Pull weeds, pick up trash on the median islands and spread one pile of wood chips
Recommended for 12 years and older
No gardening experience required  
Supplies: Kneeling pads, gloves, safety vests, weeding tools and bottled water will be provided. You may wish to wear masks to reduce the risk to new COVID variants and to avoid breathing in dust. You may also want to bring your own gloves and weeding tools.

Bathrooms will be available in the upper level of the church. 

Please let me know if you plan to attend. Please reply if you have questions about the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have worked hard to improve the appearance of our median islands along Diamond Heights Blvd.!

Betsy Eddy
Acting Coordinator

DHCA Announcement: Median Project Workday and Trash Pickup Sept. 11, 9 am

Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project Volunteer Workday Saturday, September 11, 9-12 noon
Please join us for even an hour or two!

We will start off with a moment of silence to remember all those who died in the September 11, 2001 Attack.

For those not fond of weeding and gardening, we will have supplies to pick up trash. Please see the flyer provided by Vince Yuen. Vince is volunteering to organize trash pick up projects all around San Francisco. Thank you, Vince!

Volunteer Workday Details
Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon – helping us even one hour would be terrific!
Location: Meet at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church on DH Blvd. at Gold Mine Dr.
Work: Pull weeds and pick up trash on the median islands and spread one pile of wood chips
Recommended for 12 years and older
No gardening experience required:  Kneeling pads, gloves and safety vests will be provided. You may wish to wear masks to reduce the risk to new COVID variants and to avoid breathing in dust. You may also want to bring your own gloves and weeding tools.
Bathrooms will be available in the upper level of the church. Water will be provided.
 
Please let me know if you plan to attend.
 
Please reply if you have questions about the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project.

Stay safe and well,
 
Betsy Eddy
Acting Coordinator

DHCA Announcement: SF Planning Hearing on 5367 DH Blvd. Postponed to Oct. 14

SF Planning Commission Hearing on 5367 Diamond Heights Blvd. (1900 Diamond) Previously Scheduled on August 26 at 1 pm has been Postponed Until October 14, 2021

The SF Planning Commission has postponed the Conditional Use Authorization Hearing for 5367 Diamond Heights Blvd. (1900 Diamond) previously scheduled for Thursday, August 26 at 1 pm. The hearing is now scheduled for October 14, 1 pm. The City Attorney’s Office is investigating potential legal issues with the sale of the land.

For more information, please contact Planning Department staff: Planner:  Gabriela Pantoja Telephone: 628-652-7380 Email: Gabriela.Pantoja@sfgov.org

You may also reply to this message for more information. The Diamond Heights Community Association continues to take no position on the proposed development since there are residents who are both pro and con for the development in our neighborhood.

Since people still ask – where is the location of the proposed development? – the site location is pictured below. The photo shows the corner of Diamond Heights Blvd. and Diamond Street. The proposed development will remove this entire hillside. The property is owned by the Cesar Chavez Foundation which owns the Vista Del Monte Affordable Housing uphill to the hillside.

DHCA Announcement: Volunteers Needed for Trash Audit on DH Blvd. Aug. 17

Refuse Refuse is a citywide campaign dedicated to litter abatement and is partnering with the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project to help keep the neighborhood clean! If you are tired of seeing and walking on food wrappers, cigarette butts, coffee cups, etc. this is your opportunity to do something about it. Come join us for the Diamond Heights Cleanup & Audits on Tuesdays August 17th and 24th from 10-11:30 am meeting at Walter Haas Dog Park (Diamond Heights Blvd and Addison St). This is how it works – we pick up and count litter to form a benchmark for the amount of waste in the neighborhood. The data is used to identify hot spots, measure progress and motivate people and commercial establishments to do their part. So mark your calendars, put on your old clothes, gloves, face masks and join your neighbors. Everything else you need is provided.

Please join me in helping to develop an organized program to pick up trash along Diamond Heights Blvd. The Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project has been picking up trash on the medians for 5 years. We need more help.

The sign up information is listed on the above flyer. You may also reply to me to sign up.

Stay safe and well,

Betsy

Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project Acting Coordinator