Clubs vs. condos - Page 3

Can new housing coexist with nightlife in western SoMa? A rezoning debate around the 11th Street Corridor heats up

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"The purple building" at 340 11th Street could be the last housing allowed on that club-heavy block.
GUARDIAN PHOTO BY MIKE KOOZMIN

Alan and Glendon Hyde — an LGBT activist who, like Meko, ran against Kim for D6 supervisor two years ago — are also pushing for other changes in the rules governing nightlife in SoMa, including who can get the limited live music permits that the city issues and extending the 10pm curfew in those permits.

"I think small businesses throughout the district should be able to use the limited live music permits, and they're available only on Folsom Street under the plan," Hyde told us, noting that otherwise he thinks nightlife fares well until the plan, particularly after Kim's intervention on 11th Street.

Kim said that she in reluctant to start tweaking too many provisions of the plan, which she characterized as a separate discussion that doesn't have to happen now: "I'm open to further discussions after we get the plan passed."

The Western SoMa Plan was broken off from the larger Eastern Neighborhoods Plan by then-Sup. Chris Daly in 2005 to let a citizen-based effort tackle this area's unique challenges, and Kim said the plan is a testament to the diligent efforts of Meko and a diverse set of members.

"I think it was a really good process with lots of stakeholders involved," Kim said. "I like the balance. I'm happy."