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Masonic Center's Upgrade Gets Doubly Appealed by Nob Hill Haters

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We're apparently well into appeals season, with two appeals of a March decision that would have allowed Nob Hill's Masonic Center to roughly double the number of events it hosts per year. Two months ago, neighbors fearful of loud noises and scary concertgoers fought to stop the venue's renovation and expansion, even as others accused Nob Hill of — yikes — racism ("They don't want people like me, who look like me, coming to Nob Hill," said one planning commissioner). The commission ultimately approved the project, attaching a list of 41 conditions for the Masonic Center to follow in order to be a nice neighbor. Not good enough, say two appellants! One appeal takes issue with the use of residential parking spaces as a loading zone, and with buses parking on California, reports the SF Examiner, while another appeal insists the project requires a full environmental impact report — the kind of thing that could delay a project by a year or more. The Board of Supes is set to rule on the appeals tomorrow.
· Appeals threaten Masonic Center expansion plans [SF Examiner]
· Nob Hill's Masonic Center Cleared for Even More Concert Hordes [Curbed SF]

[Masonic Center via Flickr/wallyg]

Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium

1111 California St, San Francisco, CA