Entitled the “Don’t Demolish Recreation in San Francisco Initiative,” the paperwork for a ballot measure which would require special approval for any demolition, change in use, or other removal of a public or privately owned Recreational Facility measuring 10,000 square feet or more in order to redevelop the site for office, mixed use or condominium uses, has been filed with San Francisco’s Department of Elections.
And if approved by voters, the granting of special approval would require a replacement recreational facility “of substantially equivalent size and similar services” to be built within three fourths of a mile of the facility to be razed, and the replacement facility would have to open before the original facility closed, “so as to provide uninterrupted recreational facilities and services.”
While the appeal for the measure, which highlights that “sports and recreation face increasing economic pressure to be replaced by real estate development” and “recreational opportunities are already shrinking in San Francisco,” doesn’t specifically mention the proposed redevelopment of the San Francisco Tennis Club site in Central SoMa, the proponent of record for the initiative, Tricia Weaver, appears to be a member of both the Club and United States Tennis Association (USTA).
Ten years ago, Pulte Homes had planned to build over 500 condos on the Tennis Club’s Central SoMa parcel, but those plans were withdrawn in 2008 with the economy turning and club members having organized to Save [Their] San Francisco Tennis Club.
An opposition group formed by club members dubbed San Franciscans for Sports and Recreation is leading the charge this time around.