Town Square Community Meeting Thursday, October 13

We had a very productive community meeting at Umqua Bank to review the design and get community feedback

Chris Guillard of CMG Landscape Architecture presented the latest Noe Valley Town Square Design. Click below to see his presentation:

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The three areas that received most attention were:

  • Ensuring community safety: making sure that the park is well policed, particularly at night after closing time from midnight to 6am.
  • Programming town square usage: working with community members to activate the space and bring in residents throughout the week.
  • Communicating progress: publish more frequent and regular project updates both online and in the Noe Valley Voice

Many thanks to all who participated!

Town Square Community Meeting Thursday, June 19th 7pm at Umpqua Bank

Please join Residents For The Noe Valley Town Square for a community meeting this Thursday, June 19th at 7PM at Umpqua Bank (3938 24th St).
Fundraising, design plans, and time line for development will all be discussed.
Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Happy Father’s Day!

Noe Valley Town Square Recommended For an Additional $559,000 Grant

On Friday, May 23rd, the State of CA recommended the SF Rec and Park Department’s application for a Prop 84 Urban Greening Grant for the Noe Valley Town Square to the State’s Strategic Growth Council. The recommendation was for a $559,000 grant.

This is fantastic news. We are optimistic that Rec and Park will receive this grant, although the Strategic Growth Council will make the final decision at its June 3rd Board Meeting.

A huge “thank you” goes out to Senator Mark Leno and his staff for making us aware of this grant as well as writing a letter of support. Once again, Rec and Park’s Toni Moran was the lead writer of the grant request with support from Residents For Noe Valley Town Square’s Leslie Crawford and Kate Sherwood.

Fundraising Update

The cost of the total project is approximately $6.4 million ($4.2 million in acquisition costs and $2.2 million in development costs). To date, we have raised almost 93% of the total budget!

Supervisor Wiener’s Open Space Acquisition Fund Legislation funded the purchase of the Town Square for $4.2 million.
The Land and Water Conservation Grant recommended $743,534 for development.
The Prop 84 Urban Greening Grant recommended $559,000 for development.
Neighborhood donations are approximately $500,000.

Please consider funding the last 7% of the project by making an additional pledge here http://noevalleytownsquare.com/pledge/ or an online tax deductible donation here https://sfpt.ejoinme.org/MyPages/ResidentsforNoeValleyTownSquare/tabid/481919/Default.aspx

Or send your tax deductible donation to:

SF Parks Alliance
c/o Noe Valley Town Squre
Attn: Todd David
384 Eureka St.
SF, CA 94114

Another update on our grant applications

On Friday, April 18th, the CA. Park Service recommended SF Rec and Park Department’s application for a Land and Water Conservation Grant for the Noe Valley Town Square to the National Park Service (NPS).  The recommendation was for a $743,534 grant.
This is fantastic news, and although we are optimistic that Rec and Park will receive this grant, the NPS will not make its final decision until October.
Also on Friday, April 18th, the State of California visited the Town Square as part of our Prop 84 Urban Greening Grant.  This grant is highly competitive with great projects throughout the state.  We should have more information to share with you on May 22 regarding this grant.
Residents For Noe Valley Town Square would like to thank Toni Moran of SF Rec and Parks and Chris Guillard of CMG Landscape Architecture for their outstanding work on these two grants.
More to follow, stay tuned.

Prop 84 site visit on April 18th, and an update on our other grant applications

Residents for Noe Valley Town Square is pleased to announce that the Granting Agency for the Land and Water Conservation Grant did a site visit to the Town Square on Wednesday, March 19th. The visit went well and we were informed that the agency will make funding decisions by May 1, 2014. The Town Square applied for $733,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Grant.

We received more good news this week when we were informed that the State of CA’s Prop 84 Urban Greening Grant chose the Town Square as one of the applicants to receive a site visit. The Site Visit will be on Friday, April 18th at 2PM. It will be important to have a strong community presence for this visit, so please mark your calendar and plan on attending! As the date approaches, we will send out reminders. The Town Square has applied for $764,000 from the Prop 84 Urban Greening Grant and decisions should be made by mid July.

Finally, we are in the process of applying for a Community Opportunity Fund (COF) from the City. The application is due on April 4th. The maximum COF grant request is $500,000 and Residents For Noe Valley Town Square is working with the Rec and Park Dept to evaluate the appropriate size grant request.

Residents For Noe Valley Town Square is tentatively planning a mid May community meeting to update everyone on the progress of the project. In the meantime, we will send out communications as we have news to share and we will continue to have a regular presence at the Noe Valley Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Rec And Park Posts Timeline To Break Ground on Noe Valley Town Square

Residents For Noe Valley Town Square is pleased to announce that the SF Rec and Park Dept has posted a timeline to break ground on the Noe Valley Town Square.  Ground Breaking is scheduled for August 2015 with a “Park Opening Date” of March 2016.

When you visit the Farmers Market this Saturday, you will see the timeline posted on the kiosk at the front of The Town Square.  You can also view it here (PDF): NVTS Timeline
Donations and pledges continue to come in.  What an amazing community we live in!

Help planning events at the Town Square, plus a fundraising update

How To Plan Events At The Town Square

Residents For Noe Valley Town Square is pleased to announce the addition of Jim and Brenda Steinberg to the Town Square Team. Jim and Brenda will be the community’s liaison with the Rec and Park department. Bring your ideas on how you want to utilize the Town Square to Jim and Brenda at brenda@noevalleytownsquare.com. Jim and Brenda will explain the permitting process and coordinate with Rec and Park staff to help make your event a success.

Jim and Brenda are residents in Noe Valley and recently retired. Jim was the Public Defender for Humboldt County until he retired after 29 years. Brenda worked as a legal secretary for Humboldt County Counsel then as the Administrative and Executive Director for various nonprofit arts agencies. Brenda has extensive experience with the permitting process for events including working with CalTrans, the City of Eureka and the County of Humboldt and believes that this background will be useful in helping the neighborhood to activate the Town Square.

Fundraising Update

The Noe Valley Town Square is pleased to announce that it has collected $368,252 pledges to date. (We still have approximately $168,000 pledges outstanding.) In the last two weeks alone, the Town Square has collected over $40,000 in pledges.

What an amazing community we live in!

Land and Water Conservation Grant

By Monday, Feb 3rd, the SF Rec and Park Dept (Thank you Toni Moran!) will be submitting a dollar for dollar matching grant application called “The Land and Water Conservation Grant”. The size of the grant request will be approximately $655,000. (This number is arrived at by adding the $300,000 from The Open Space Acquisition Fund for remediation of the site plus Noe Valley Town Square Pledges collected minus a percentage of overhead expenses).

Residents For Noe Valley Town Square will continue to be at the Farmers Market most Saturdays to answer questions. Furthermore, we plan on holding a community meeting as soon as we have any information on the State of CA Urban Greening grant (for which we applied for $725,000).

Supervisors Vote To Save The Noe Valley Town Square!

town square voteOn June 4, 2013, the Board of Supervisors approved Scott Wiener’s legislation authorizing the purchase of a parking lot that the Recreation and Parks Department will turn into the Noe Valley Town Square.

This lot on 24th Street — where the Noe Valley Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday — was going to be sold off to private developers, but thanks to the hard work of the community and City staff, we will now have a park in the heart of Noe Valley.

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 lease an additional $500,000 to realize the full vision for the town square. Please help out by pledging today!

Noe Valley Town Square Receives Unanimous Recommendation

Hello Noe Valley Town Square supporters:

I’m thrilled to report that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Budget
and Finance Committee unanimously (5-0) voted today to recommend to the
full Board the legislation authored by Supervisor Wiener to acquire the
land that will be the future home of the Noe Valley Town Square.

This vote is consistent with the San Francisco Recreation and Park
Commission’s unanimous vote for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to
approve $4,242,500 from the Open Space Acquisition Fund for the purchase
and remediation of the Noe Valley Ministry parking lot. (The Noe Valley
Ministry would receive $3.9 million and the additional $342,500 would be
used for remediation of the lot that used to be a gas station.)

The last hurdle to clear is the vote by the entire Board on June 4th – a
6-person majority plus mayoral approval would make the acquisition a
reality!

A huge thank you is in order: We never could have come this far without the
steadfast support and legislation of Supervisor Wiener and hundreds of Noe
Valley Town Square friends and neighbors who have made financial pledges,
written letters of support, and appeared at today’s and the previous Rec
and Park hearings. Thank you – it does take a village to create a Town
Square! (If you or your friends have not yet donated to the Town Square,
now that we’re this close it’s great time to make a pledge! Even with the
acquisition, we will still need to raise an additional money to transform
the parking lot into our future Town Square.
http://noevalleytownsquare.com/pledge/)

Todd

PS: Please shop early and often at Whole Foods in Noe Valley today! 5% of
sales will be donated back to the Noe Valley Town Square.

Two important dates for the Town Square

The Residents for Noe Valley Town Square is excited with the amazing progress the project is making. The acquisition of the parking lot is within our grasp, but we still have two hurdles to clear to make the acquisition a reality.

MAY 22nd

On Wed, May 22nd at 1pm in Room 250 at City Hall, the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee will be voting to recommend the purchase of the Town Square to the full Board of Supervisors. This is your last chance to give public comment supporting the Town Square. Please save the date and mark your calendars–and send us an email confirming your attendance!
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Also, on May 22nd, WHOLE FOODS IN NOE VALLEY is donating 5% of the store’s sales for the day to the Noe Valley Town Square! Before or after you join us at City Hall, be sure to stock up when you do your Whole Foods shopping on May 22nd!

JUNE 4TH

PatxisPizzaOn Tues, June 4th at 2pm the full Board of Supervisors will be voting on whether to acquire the Town Square. Please join us in Room 250 at City Hall to watch this historic vote. After the vote, we are planning a Community Celebration at the Valley Tavern on 24th St. Vince Hogan, the owner of the Tavern will be offering drink specials and Patxi’s Pizza is donating pizza for the event.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MAY 22ND AND JUNE 4TH VOTES ARE ONLY FOR THE ACQUISITION OF THE PARKING LOT. WE STILL NEED TO RAISE MONEY TO BUILD THE TOWN SQUARE. PRELIMINARY COST ESTIMATES ARE APPROXIMATELY $2 MILLION. WE HAVE RAISED APPROXIMATELY $500,000 TO DATE AND WE ARE HOPEFUL TO RECEIVE APPROXIMATELY $725,000 FROM THE STATE OF CA. AS YOU CAN SEE, WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF FUNDRAISING TO DO!

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TODAY AT http://noevalleytownsquare.com/pledge/