Tenants of a San Francisco building that includes live-work lofts popular with low-income LGBT artists have announced they’ve won another reprieve as they work to avoid eviction.
John Gall, one of the owners of 1049 Market Street, has withdrawn his appeal of the city’s suspension of his demolition permit, according to a news release from the tenants. The renters and their supporters are holding a news conference at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (February 19) on the Polk Street steps of City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. The Board of Appeals had been set to hear the appeal of the suspension Wednesday.
Tenants received eviction notices last September, but the Housing Rights Committee, Tenderloin Housing Clinic, and Supervisor Jane Kim have helped them stay in their homes. Kim’s District 6 includes the mid-Market district, where the building is located.
“It’s a clear victory for us tenants,” 1049 Market resident Marcele Wilson stated. “This is about evicting working-class tenants and artists so that they can convert our apartments into offices and cash in on the mid-Market tech boom. But these are our homes, we’re not leaving.”
Gall, who needs the demolition permit in order to proceed with his plans, hasn’t responded to previous interview requests.
Evictions in San Francisco have been drawing increased attention in recent months. Many in the city blame technology companies like Twitter, which has its headquarters just a few blocks from 1049 Market, for driving up rents in the area as the social media company and others like it grab office space and draw in well-paid workers seeking homes.