The NBA web site has been dormant for a month while our volunteer webmaster has been on a long vacation and extended family reunion. For this reason the posting of a report on the meeting we had on April 30 with representatives of Forest City, the developer for the re-boot of the Pier 70 area, was delayed. The purpose of that meeting was for Forest City to give us a clear picture of their vision for the transition of the Pier 70 area and of our place in the mix. The meeting also gave us at the Noonan Building an opportunity to ask questions and air our views.
So here, for the record, is Kim Austin’s report on that meeting. The photo was taken during the meeting by Adele Shaw.
Dear Noonan Building Artists,
Thanks to everyone who came out last night for our meeting with Forest City. It was a positive and productive event. Forest City has offered many tours of the Pier 70 project over the past 2 years, but this was the first time they focused directly on the Noonan Building and its artists. They gave a concise and clear view of what they would like to see as a potential future Noonan community. They listened to our concerns and suggestions for an affordable, functional, and aesthetic artist space.
For several years now a handful of Noonan Artists have been going to meetings with the SF Port, the SF Port Commission, and Forest City. Our goal from the beginning has been to save the Noonan Building, preserve the artist community it houses, and to ensure future affordable artist space in honor of the Noonan Building history. In the beginning there was no mention of the Noonan Building nor its artists in the Port's Master Plan. But over time each group has listened to our story and has worked to include us in the future development of Pier 70. Last summer we had a major success when Forest City included us in the term sheet and the Commission signed off on it. This gave the first green light for the Pier 70 project to go forward. Last night we had another great coming together as we filled in some of the important details that were not defined in the term sheet.
First FC gave a side by side comparison of restoring and bringing to code the original Noonan Building, and constructing a new state-of-the-art building that would replace what we have. All agree it is a touchy and emotional discussion. There is much love for our building, but there is also a lot that can be embraced in a new building that flows with the full Pier 70 project. The artists would be involved in the design process and a new space would allow for more community interaction. The cost of updating the original Noonan would likely be twice as much as building a new structure.
Secondly, FC assured us that no artist would be left with out a space if there is a gap between old building and new building. The artists would either move directly into the new space, or we would get temporary space in one of the Pier 70 historic buildings. Possibly building 12 or 2.
Finally FC discussed the issue that is on everyone’s mind who cares about the waterfront in SF. Prop B, height limitation, and voter approval. In June Prop B will most likely pass and this will have a significant effect on all Port waterfront projects. FC plans to have a measure on the November ballot that will focus on the community based projects in Pier 70 that will be affected if height limitations are not flexible. The Noonan Building and its artists will likely be the poster child and we and FC will get much more attention on preserving affordable artist space than previously imagined.
So this is it in a nutshell. We would like to encourage all Noonan Building Artists to get involved and be part of the process. This is a long project that will take many turns and revisions. We plan to be there at each phase of evolution, and we look forward to preserving a unique and affordable artist community in Pier 70.
Ways to get involved?
The SF Port Master Plan http://www.sfport.com/index.aspx?page=1498
Forest City's Pier 70 Project website http://pier70sf.com
The amazing Pier 70 historic website by Ralph Wilson. A must visit for anyone who loves Pier 70. http://pier70sf.org
Waterfront issues: There are many links online. Very easy to find. But you can also pick up the April edition of San Francisco Magazine – dedicated entirely to waterfront issues. Or read the latest by report by John King. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/place/article/How-Warriors-Pier-30-32-exit-is-the-best-thing-5436666.php
Join the Pier 70 mailing list : http://pier70sf.com
Like Pier 70 on fb: https://www.facebook.com/Pier70Sf
Like the Noonan Building Artists on fb: https://www.facebook.com/NoonanBuildingArtists
Get involved or support special events in building 12. Currently the Bayview Pop-up Market every Thursday 5:30- 8 pm through the end of June.
Sign up for Fall Open Studios, October 25 and 26 http://www.artspan.org/sfopenstudios
Any other ideas are most welcome! Thanks. Kim