Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Whole Foods market at Haight & Stanyan

Whole Foods wants to build a much-needed grocery store on the Haight/Stanyan corner, which has been derelict and vacant, except for a parking lot, for two years now. Check out their website. The project includes 62 condos upstairs, with parking for residents and customers underneath. It sounds similar to the development at the corner of Masonic and Fulton. Seems like a good idea to me.

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10 Comments:

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Haightist said...

Sounds like a solid idea. Why has Mirkarimi never come out in favor of it? What is his connection to Calvin Welch?

 
At 9:49 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Mirkarimi was endorsed by Welch's organization, the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Counsel (HANC), which is PC central in the Haight. The Murk is unlikely to endorse anything HANC opposes. I, on the other hand, support the Whole Foods project.

 
At 1:12 PM, Blogger Haightist said...

The same organization that runs the recylcing center (disaster!)? Isn't Murk running for reelection?

 
At 3:45 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Yes, the Murk is running for reelection, and I'm running against him and damn near everything he stands for. He greenlights UC's rip-off of the extension property on lower Haight street (450 housing units) and the Market/Octavia Plan (6,000 housing units), and the Rincon Hill luxury condos (3,000+ housing units), but he drags his feet on Whole Foods
(62 condos)? The Haight really does need a supermarket, and Whole Foods would be a good choice for the neighborhood.

 
At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Darren said...

Yes, for once I wholeheartedly agree with you on this one. What the hell is wrong with Mirkarimi on this one? Why would anyone oppose this?

 
At 11:42 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

I haven't seen any statement by Mirkarimi for or against the project, but he hates to stand up to any part of his "progressive" base, which definitely includes HANC. It's going to be a tough call for him but not for me. Send him a message or call his office about the proposal. Maybe you can flush him out on the issue.

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the space would be better used by a larger, independent Haight Street Market (who has sued Whole Foods already). Whole Foods is leaning on Murk and he also feels allegiance to HANC. That's why it's taking so long.

 
At 9:29 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Larger than Whole Foods on Haight Street? Don't know which market you're referring to. The only proposal on the table is the Whole Foods plan. Yes, the Murk has to make the call on this project. Funny that he can greenlight the Market/Octavia Plan (6,000 housing units)and UC's hijacking of the extension site (450 housing units), and Rincon Hill (3,000 units), but hesitates on a badly-needed supermarket with a mere 62 units upstairs. Part of the pressure comes from the bike people, since they too hate any project that includes adequate parking. A supermarket without a parking? Now there's an only in San Francisco concept.

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger Dave said...

I'm a "bike person" (at least, I ride a bike to work and I love biking in the city) who lives around the corner from this site, and I support a supermarket with parking! Of course it should be convenient for people to drive their cars to the grocery store. I drive a Zipcar to Trader Joes or Lucky. And I'm extremely frustrated by nimby neighbors who are opposing the Whole Foods project out of fear of the impact on traffic on Stanyan! Just wanted to speak up as a bicycle enthusiast who supports the no-brainer project of replacing an eyesore vacant lot with a new supermarket.

 
At 10:38 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

You better vote for me, Dave, since I hear that Mirkarimi's support for the project is half-hearted, and he'll be looking for a way to sab it.

 

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