The San Francisco Examiner is reporting that plans to demolish the San Francisco Tennis Club at 645 5th St. have been put on hold. The newspaper says that today developers withdrew their project application from the Planning Department. However, a new application could be submitted before the year is over. This is just the latest in a long and contentious match between developers and tennis players. Earlier this year, we reported that Alexandria Real Estate Equities and TMG Partners were attempting to build a five-story office complex at the Bay Club-owned site that would include a sports club and four tennis courts. That didn't sit well with many club members, who didn't want to see the club shrink (it currently has 24 courts). Tennis fans rallied to preserve all the courts, even enlisting the help of former mayor Art Agnos.
The Examiner quotes Harris Schwartz, a club member, as saying that he spoke with developers and was told they were considering the request to include more tennis courts in the development plans. Of the application withdrawal, Schwartz said: "It's definitely promising. As a group we're certainly not going to back down or stop organizing."
· Application to demolish SF's last indoor tennis facility withdrawn [SF Examiner]
· SF Tennis Club Members Serve Up Fight Against Developers [Curbed SF]
· Office Complex at Site of SF Tennis Club Keeps Tennis in Play [Curbed SF]