Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018
 

BREAKING: Sharper Future gives up on Duboce Triangle space

Maitri hospice has entered into a lease with Sharper Future for the ground floor space of their building at 100 Church Street. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Maitri hospice has entered into a lease with Sharper Future for the ground floor space of their building at 100 Church Street. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Sharper Future, the sex offender rehabilitation company, announced tonight (Wednesday, February 10) that it’s giving up on trying to move into the Duboce Triangle neighborhood.

“Sharper Future has decided to immediately halt efforts to move into 100 Church Street,” Mary-Perry Miller, the company’s president, said in a news release. “After Monday evening’s meeting, it is clear that our presence would be divisive for everyone concerned.

“Out of respect for the community and the very critical work that we do, we’ve elected to seek an alternative location.”

Sharper Future had signed a lease with Maitri hospice to move into the former home of a thrift store and medical clinic that had been occupied by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Audience members raise their hands at Monday's Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association meeting to show they signed a petition against Sharper Future. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland

Audience members raise their hands at Monday’s Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association meeting to show they signed a petition against Sharper Future. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland

However, after the deal was revealed in January, there was a strong backlash from neighborhood residents, who complained that there had been virtually no community outreach.

The Monday night meeting Miller mentioned occurred was the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association’s regular meeting, where some 200 residents came to discuss the situation with Sharper Future officials and gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener.

Wiener had already told the company to put its plans on hold, citing the lack of outreach. Sharper Future had sought to move into the space early this month. In a recent email to Wiener, Miller blamed him for her company’s troubles.

In a Facebook exchange tonight with the Bay Area Reporter, Duboce Triangle resident Devin Kordt-Thomas said, “The community did the right thing. Both Sharper Future and Maitri’s Board of Directors could have spared themselves this ordeal and, had they been forthcoming with their plans, learned earlier that 100 Church Street was not a suitable location for a sex offender rehab center. The neighborhood involvement on this issue was inspiring and I am thankful for everyone’s efforts.”

Kordt-Thomas, who’s with SF Coalition for Neighborhood Quality of Life, started a change.org petition opposing the Sharper Future move that drew almost 1,000 signatures.

The Bay Area Reporter will have more on this story soon

— Seth Hemmelgarn, February 10, 2016 @ 8:12 pm PST
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