On the agenda: Whole Foods and Congestion Pricing (yet ironically unrelated).
- Bell Market closes on Valentine's Day
- Whole Foods takes over lease March 1
- Filed Change of Use on 1/29 (no details online yet)
- Community open house at St. Philips on February 18 (details as we get them)
- Planning Commission hearing on Feb 19
- Projected opening October 2009
- keep building structure and parking lot
- fix up and remodel interior
- Core goods only -- no Whole Body, no cafe, no kitchen stuff
- yes bakery, yes supplements, some prepared foods
- Possible shuttle to other markets for eldery while under construction
- Possible temporary leases (perhaps Streetlight) for basic groceries while under construction
- Bevan Dufty and City have fast-tracked the permit process
- WF has tried, but been unable to secure a deal to take over the Real Foods space
- Confirmed they're in talks with the developer at Dolores/Market, but would not say more
- Stroller lane for checkout, dog zone outside store -- "This is Noe Valley"
- Use of parking lot while shopping at other 24th St locations (not likely to happen)
- Shuttle/delivery service for neighborhood residents
Also feel free to discuss in the comments and we'll make sure he's reading.
Congestion Pricing: Principal Transportation Planner Zabe Bent gave a presentation explaining the hypothetical plans for charging automobile drivers to cross in and out of parts (or all) of San Francisco. She emphasized that the study is still in the early phase, and hopes to learn from trials in London, Stockholm and Rome. For information on the project, upcoming meetings or how to get involved visit the San Francisco County Transportation Authority website, or send comments/questions to Zabe Bent or firstname.lastname@example.org. Most useful concern expressed: don't let Noe Valley become a park and ride for downtown commuters.
[Side note: Bevan Dufty is the new chairman of the SFCTA.]
Notables in attendance: Gwen Sanderson (NVMPA President), District 8 Supervisor hopefuls Rafael Mandelmann and Scott Wiener, as well as representatives from the Transit Authority and Whole Foods. 15-20 residents and members of UNN also attended.
[NVSF: Bell Market: Winding Down]
[SFCTA: Congestion Pricing]