Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Maitri hospice considers new tenants for ex-thrift store space


The building at the corner of Duboce and Church streets was until this fall shared by Out of the Closet on the first floor and Maitri Hospice on the second floor. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Three prospective tenants have expressed an interest in the former Out of the Closet site in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood and have submitted letters to Maitri hospice, the nonprofit that owns the space at 100 Church Street.

San Francisco Health Director Barbara Garcia had said her agency was talking with the hospice, which provides residential care to people living with AIDS, about the possibility of using the space as a clinic.

But Maitri Executive Director Michael Smithwick said in an interview last week that the health department isn’t one of the agencies his organization is actively negotiating with. “It’s possible they could work out to be a subtenant,” Smithwick said.

He wouldn’t say what other groups are being considered, and he didn’t know when a decision would be made, but he said his nonprofit wants to find a new tenant “as soon as possible.”

The location has been vacant since the fall, around the time AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which operates a chain of Out of the Closet shops, settled an eviction lawsuit with Maitri about AHF’s rejection of a rent increase.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 21, 2015 @ 4:31 pm PST
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