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CHN bylaw revisions
Your board is proposing some minor charter changes which would shift elections from Summer to Fall. We would also revise our quarterly meeting schedule. Details soon.
May 11 meeting cancelled
Due to our modern-day plague, we have been forced to cancel our May 11 meeting. When life returns to normal, we will try to reschedule with Supervisor Mandelman.
Assuming the membershiip accepts a proposed change to the CHN bylaws, our next elections will be held on Monday, September 14.
Developer end run!
No planning! No permits!
The white 'castle' at 253 States street has been an eclectic part of the community since its construction in 1902. In less than a month, this architectural oddity has been transformed from a neighborhood gem to a glaring example of developer overreach and regulatory failture.
Scroll down to see the whole story in graphic detail
Following the death of its owner, a team of developers moved in and dramatically altered the property with zero (0) building permits.
The developers tore down the backyard, gutted the garage and removed and reattached a second-story balcony. And a bell tower was left standing on stilts. There was (very) limited neighborhood outreach, no city involvement prior to demolition.
The site was wide open in the back; no fencing, no security, no management. Any child could easily walk in. Despite all this, the developers did manage to put the property for sale and created a glossy architectural rendering of what the castle could look like.
This triggered a series of 311 complaints and a broadside of complaints from Corbett Heights Neighbors (CHN). Protests were immediately lodged with Mayor Breed, Supervisor Mandelman and the Department of Building Inspection, DBI. Registered letters were also sent to both developers.
SF DBI finally cited the property for failure to secure a demolition permit and perhaps other violations. See DBI report.
But, the property is still for sale and the real estate agent is giving tours on a daily basis.
CHN supports neighbors who wish to renovate their homes, but it has to be safe, transparent and follow the rules. The developers of 253 States acted as if the laws of San Francisco didn't exsit or didn't apply to them. CHN vehemently opposes these illegal actions and urge you to lodge your complaints with 311, Mayor Breed, Supervisor Mandelman and DBI.
The following photos tell the story, step by step.
253 States Street before (illegal) demolition
Days after the property is sold, the developers completely clears the backyard. Note: balcony was torn down and later re-attached.
No security, no fencing
As you can see any child (or photographer) could walk in, no constraints, no safeguards.
Is this structure stable? Only the walls remain. Note belltower on "stilts."
Were other structures removed or compromised? Full audit required!
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