- Buying the parking lot: on June 4, 2013, the City of San Francisco board of supervisors voted to purchase the parking lot at 3861 24th Street, currently home to the Saturday Farmers Market, for $4.2M and turn it into an open space park.
- Renovating the town square: The next step is to raise money to renovate this wonderful space. Initial estimates for this work range from $1.5 to $2.0M. Over 400 community residents and businesses have contributed over $517,000 to this renovation effort so far. In addition, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks department is applying for a $700,000 state grant for urban greening at the recommendation of State Senator Mark Leno. We should hear whether we have won that grant by the end of 2013. Even with the grant, we will still need to raise at least an additional $500,000 to realize the full vision for the town square. Please help out by pledging today!
- Why: Ever since the Noe Valley Farmers Market took root 8 years ago in this parking lot, we have witnessed how an open space can add vitality and bring together a neighborhood. Let’s build a public space Noe Valley can be proud of.
- Who: Residents for Noe Valley Town Square is a non-profit 501c3 under the fiscal sponsorship of the San Francisco Parks Alliance. All donations are tax deductible.
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- Vision: The Town Square will be the central gathering space for Noe Valley. It will be used by and for all Noe Valley neighbors and will host everything from twice-a-week farmers markets to food pantries, music events, evening movies, neighborhood bingo, exercise classes, cafe seating, senior citizen events… The Town Square will pay for ongoing maintenance using rental fees from activities taking place in the square, such as the farmers market. The Noe Valley Community Benefits District has agreed to work with the Town Square committee to ensure that the space is kept clean and secure.
- Community Process: The Noe Valley Town Square is the result of over two years of planning and community meetings involving hundreds of Noe Valley residents.
- Town Square Design: The design for the Noe Valley Town Square was created by Chris Guillard of CMG, the same team that designed the Crissy Field project; CMG specializes in creating transformative urban spaces.
- The Noe Valley Farmers Market: Eight years ago, an important community hub in Noe Valley – the Real Foods Market – shut down in a labor dispute. Noe Valley residents transformed that ordeal into a new vision for their community by creating the Noe Valley Farmers Market. A sale of the parking lot would force the Farmers Market to move to another location, most likely one less central to Noe Valley residents.
- The Noe Valley Ministry: The parking lot is owned by a local church that is putting the lot up for sale to pay for an extensive renovation, expected to cost up to $5M. The church would prefer to sell this property to the community and has agreed to work with the Residents for Noe Valley Town Square in order to provide time for the community to raise the money needed for the project.