35-45 Onondaga Avenue

In the works since 2010, the two city-owned buildings at the intersection of Alemany Boulevard and Onondaga Avenue (35-45 Onondaga) could soon be authorized to be sold with a proposed minimum bid of $640,000.

The sale of the Alemany Health Center buildings would include two murals (Community Spirit and Growth) on the chimney in 45 Onondaga’s former waiting room, murals which were commissioned with New Deal funds in 1934 and painted by Bernard Zakheim.

45 Onondaga Murals

Zakheim’s Health Center commission followed his work on the Coit Tower Works Progress Administration (WPA) project (he painted the library scene on the southwest wall). And not too surprisingly, an application to landmark the murals inside 45 Onondaga has recently been submitted to the City.

The parcels upon which the vacant Excelsior District buildings sit are zoned for development up to 40 feet in height.

Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by RAGING BEAR

    In case anyone is interested, here’s the Wikipedia entry for the muralist, Bernard Zakheim.

  2. Posted by Amewsed

    Good. Sell them and any other public property. Because inept officials have no business in running private enterprise. Less property means less power. No more spending my money on stupid programs. And I want a tax cut and a moratorium on any and all parcel taxes and fees for the next ten years from the City’s budget surplus.

    • Posted by Christopher VerPlanck

      You sound like you would like Texas.

    • Posted by moto mayhem

      you sounds too logical and reasonable for SF city officials to understand

  3. Posted by tom

    with the caveat that I’m by no means an expect in how Mayors Office of Housing locates, purchases and develops land for affordable/public housing…but…hello, MOH?

  4. Posted by Sutro_Tower

    Hmm, so the city is fighting to keep non-profits that are getting priced out of SF… not sure why a marriage of sorts between a couple willing parties cannot be accomplished where the building is leased. Whoever decides to purchase with an intent to demolish and upzone will potentially have tough-sledding against the Planning Department that may deem the structures as worthy of preservation. Seems like city agencies aren’t communicating with one another, which doesn’t surprise me.

    • Posted by Adam

      The city could house the non-profits in this building… Seems to make more sense than just selling it for nothing.

  5. Posted by phil

    The City is for sale. Opportunities lost.

  6. Posted by BobN

    I don’t suppose there’s some way to swap even with the Post Office two doors down.

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