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CMCBD Community Guides Recognized
The  CMCBD Safety Summit  at ACT Strand Theater gathered a variety of experts to address public safety in Central Market. More on that in our Events section below. Leading up to the event, Epicenter-sf covered the work of various walking ambassadors in the Central Market area. Most notably, Nick Hitchko (third from the left), our longest tenured Community Guide was prominently featured. Nick continues to be an outstanding resource for so many people in the District. We are grateful for his efforts to ensure our District is a welcoming, safe place for all.
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Our CMCBD Community Guide welcomes and
assists a European tourist with directions and recommendations.


7th and 8th  Street  Safety Project

In September, SFMTA held an Open House community information session for the 7th and 8th Street Safety Projects at the Bayanihan Community Center (1010 Mission Street.) according to the project p age The main goal of the 7th and 8th Streets Safety Project is to improve safety and comfort for all modes of travel along 7th and 8th between Market Street and Folsom Street. Hoodline has more on the project, which could include changes to several public transit routes.

Supervisor Jane Kim Talks With Streetsblog

Just as Quarter 3 began,  SF Streetsblog spoke with Supervisor Jane Kim   in a phone interview about traffic safety concerns within the District and throughout the city. Supervisor Kim  sits on th SF County Transportation Authority's Vision Zero Sub-Committee. Supervisor Kim discussed implementation of safety improvements as well as other methods to encourage bike and pedestrian safety including behaviors beyond  enforcement.

SF Ranked 2nd Most Bike-Friendly U.S. City

According to a biennial ranking from Bicycling magazine, SF ranked as the second most bike-friendly city in the United States. The ranking specifically noted improvements and data collection on behalf of Vision Zero efforts for the jump in ranking. It also noted new bike corridors and an increase in bike sharing programs.

Safer Market Street 5th Street Turn Restrictions

In Quarter 3, the final part of SFMTA's Safer Market Street Plan was set in motion turn restrictions ready for implementation at 5th and Market Streets. As Hoodline reports, "the agency began implementing the turn restrictions last August, but avoided Fifth and Market due to the closure of Ellis Street for Central Subway construction."


1075 Market Street

In Quarter 3, George Smith Partners announced it had arranged financing f or t he 90-unit mixed use development at 1075 Market  Street. Formerly home to the infamous Marke Street Cinema, those walking along Market Street or Stevenson Alley have likely noticed work is  under way with the absence of the former marquis.  SF Business Times reports the loan is for $34M on behalf of Encore Capital Management. Total cost of the project is estimated at $56M. Hector Calderon, managing director of Encore Capital Management, says the cond os will target singles, young couples and empty nesters looking for a walkable, urban lifestyle.

6th Annual 2 Blocks of Art

On September 16th, 2 Blocks of Art returned to 6th Street for the sixth straight year. Organized by CMCBD the event featured more than 100 artists showcasing work in storefronts, sidewalks, galleries, restaurants, hotels and small businesses throughout two blocks of Sixth Street, from Market to Howard. In addition to participation from longstanding galleries such as 1AMLuggage Store and SF Camerawork this year's art walk featured new work by photographer, Janet Delaney, and a Sketch-the-Block sketch con by Sketchpad Gallery. You can read more about the event on View photos from this year on the 2 Blocks of Art Flickr page. Each year this event brings thousands of people to the Sixth Street corridor in support of the many vibrant businesses and local artists in the area. A humungous thank you to all participant artists, businesses, volunteers, sponsors and visitors who came together for this fun, free, family-friendly event.

Trinity Place Among 50 Biggest SF Projects

SF Business Times shares a gallery slideshow of San Francisco's 50 largest construction projects. Among them, Trinity Place at 8th and Market Streets. Designed by Architectonica, phase three of the project boasts a 19-story residential tower with 541 units. Construction cost is estimated at $228M.

6X6 Retail Shopping Center

In Quarter 3, SF Chronicle reported on changes afoot at the nearly completed retail center 6X6, on the 900 block of Market Street. Formerly referred to as Market Street Place, the new name is in reference to the building's six floors and proximity to 6th Street. According to the article, 6X6 representatives are currently "in talks with several fashion-forward brands not currently in San Francisco." They are also in talks with grocers and home goods retailers. Also in the article, expect a fifth floor featuring restaurants and cocktail lounges as well as a food hall concept.

944 Market Street

In Quarter 3, Synapse Development Group, which is currently developing th e Yotel San Francisco at 1095 Market Street, partnered with AQARAT to purchase 944 Market Street. 944 Market includes over 43,000 square feet of office space and ground-floor retail, plus  a basement level. The property is currently 100% leased to tenants including Hack Reactor, HelloSig n Rescale and Brandon College.  The partnership plans to reposition the property and complete façade restoration work, an elevator modernization and improvements to common  areas and building systems according to a statement from commercial real estate group CoStar .

1036 Mission

Progress is being made at 1036 Mission Street. Acquired by the nonprofit affordable housing developer, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation ( TNDC) in 2007, the project will consist of 83 affordable residential units and a ground floor community-serving retail space. More than half of the units will be two and three-bedroom. Forty units will be made available for homeless or at-risk families through the City's subsidy program. Learn more about the project here. On Tuesday, October 18, TNDC will hold their 24th Annual TNDC Pool Toss Fundraiser event at the Phoenix Hotel.


CMCBD Safety Summit

On September 12th, Central Market CBD gathered over 200 at ACT's Strand Theater for an insightful series of presentations to address safety in the District. The Strand lobby was filled with representatives and information tables from public safety organizations such as: ALERTApplied Video Solutions, BART Police, Central Market CBD, MUNI Police, NERTSF SafeSafe Passage Presenters included Tenderloin and Southern Police Station Captains Teresa Ewins and Daryl Fong who discussed public safety best practices, awareness and important crime prevention tactics.  Dimitri  Shimolin of Applied Video Solutions discussed the importance of high quality security cameras to prevent and prosecute crime. Participants were also encouraged to join CMCBD's exterior security camera program. Justine Cephus of the District Attorney's office presented aspects of successful prosecution and stressed the importance of reporting crime, being a witness and participating in jury duty. Mary McCue of MJM Management
 talked about the importance of community ambassador programs to public safety especially CMCBD's highly trained Community Guides. To see some  Q&A from the Safety Summit click here .

ArtNight SF Returns To UN Plaza

Art Night SF returned to UN Plaza in Quarter 3 for another series of arts-inspired activation. Art Night SF is a collaboration between local galleries, museums, arts nonprofits, city agencies and independent artists with the collective aim of publicly championing the arts in San Francisco. This year's series includes a healthy morning edition. Stay tuned to Art Night SF to join the fun. The final two installments of this year's Art Night SF series occur on October 14th and 28th.

The Bay Lights Team Spotlight 'LightRail'

As Quarter 3 came  to a  close, Illuminate, the nonprofit arts group associated  with  The  Village  event space, who just last year celebrated  the  permanence of their light installation, The Bay  Lights , which dazzle onlookers of the  Bay  Bridge, reintroduced their LightRail  project  with a media presentation at The Hall, 1028 Market  Street . As SF Chronicle reports, the proposed $10M project is seeking private funds to bring their City-approved plan to  fruition . LightRail would bring two strands of LED lights along Market  Street , from Embarcadero to Van Ness, which would pulse in synchronized patterns with underground trains. You can learn more about the project, watch a video or consider contributing on the LightRail website here.

SF AMA TRICE in Mint Plaza

On Sunday September 25th, a collection of restaurant and food-world partners, including Marcia Gagliardi, aka Tablehopper, 54 MINT and Montesacro, among others, collaborated to host an all-day fundraiser featuring food and wine pairings throughout four seatings in Mint Plaza. SF AMA TRICE, as the event was named, raised funds in support efforts for earthquake victims of Amatrice, Italy. Browse photos from the event courtesy Blair Heagarty Photography here.



Mo'z Cafe at 36 5th Street recently installed a new sign and awnings. 
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