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Quarter 2 - 2021
Mayor Breed Puts Focus on Downtown Safety and Visitors in Two Recently Unveiled Plans

In May, Mayor Breed announced the Mid-Market Vibrancy and Safety Plan; which puts a focus on safety. Immediately following her announcement, SFPD deployed more officers throughout Civic Center, Mid-Market and the Tenderloin.

The initiative also includes daily SFPD led Joint Operations Meetings attended by multiple City agencies, including: Public Works, HSOC and SFMTA, as well as others who are working in tandem with the CBDs to improve public health and safety issues in the Mid Market area. The meetings are key at this time of rapid reopening and are essential to helping City agencies tackle issues specific to certain areas with a holistic approach.
Another plan unveiled by the Mayor, the Downtown Recovery Plan, puts a focus on visitors returning to San Francisco, with additional City-funded Ambassadors east of 5th Street along Market Street; revamping Hallidie Plaza to make it more welcoming for those coming and going from the Powell Street BART and Muni station and cable car turnaround; and funds for open-air musical concerts on Wednesdays at transit hubs and pedestrian plazas. More information on concert programming can be found at sfwednesdays.com.
Economic Development
New Food & Beer Hall Opens

There'a new spot in the District featuring beer, various food vendors and an NFT art gallery: SSP Beer Hall. Located at 59 9th St., the spot features pizza and beer from Sunset Squares, and offerings from Namu Stonepot and Uncle Tito.
New District Business Video Series

We've recently started a series to introduce our social media followers to District businesses; the short videos allow viewers to learn more about our District businesses. If you are an owner or manager of a District business and would like to be highlighted in our video series, please contact us at info@midmarketcbd.org.

See the growing series on our site: Mid Market Business Series.
Whole Foods Nears Completion for Late 2021 Opening

The signs are up and interior finishes are underway for the new Whole Foods at Trinity Place; 1177 Market St. Slated to be the largest Whole Foods in San Francisco at 55,000 square feet, the health food-focused spot is readying to open before the end of the year.
Streetscape News
Downtown Streets Team Now Assisting Along Market Street

MMCBD has added Downtown Streets Team's neighborhood clean-up support to a portion of the District along Market Street. They'll be out during the day Monday-Friday. DST's game lending library (Kartma) is also open in UN Plaza on Wednesdays.
Mission Street SoMa Transit Improvement Project

The temporary transit-only lanes on Mission Street from First Street to 11th Street are now permanent. With public comment on both sides of the debate, SFMTA approved the year-old temporary lanes going permanent at a meeting in June. You can learn more about the lane changes on the SFMTA site.
BART Announces Expansion of Service Beginning August 2, With Night Trains July 15

Readying to return to near pre-pandemic service levels and hours, BART announced it moved up the start of its full-service hours to August 2, with weekday service from 5am-midnight (currently 5am-9pm); Saturday service from 6am-midnight (currently 8am-9pm); Sunday will remain 8am-9pm. Also now running, as of July 15, four BART trains leaving either Embarcadero or Civic Center at 11:30pm with limited stops after regular BART service ends on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. (These trains are in addition to the special service trains for A's and Giants game nights.) To learn more about the hours of expansion and increase in number of trains running, see more on their site.
Federal Building's New Plaza, Construction Underway

Renderings of the currently under-construction Federal Building Plaza at 7th and Mission feature contoured berms with built-in seating; and the addition of a lawn and native plants to attract pollinators, so the new plaza will act as a garden and small event space.

Also included is a new fence, as security was the top concern of those who attended plaza design meetings in 2019; but the fence isn't to deter access during open hours; according to the SF Chronicle: "The fences are there to keep people out when the tower is closed... the renovated plaza aims to lure them in the rest of the time."

The plaza is slated to reopen late this year.
Hop Aboard: The F-Line Has Returned

The F-line returned May 15, and the public was thrilled! Numerous positive social media posts noted their return; with photos of the streetcars from Castro to Fisherman's Wharf. And as of late June, service hours were also extended. The Railway also noted it's currently working with SFMTA to find a way to keep service running at full capacity during the first phase of Better Market Street construction; plans during construction currently call for the F-line to only run between Fisherman's Wharf and Powell Street starting in September.

And for a bit more fun the Market Street Railway had a bracket competition to determine the most popular F-line car of all, and a tie of winners included "Dinky" and "Boat Tram."
Safe Sleep Villages' Update

The Safe Sleeping Village on Stanyan Street and the Moscone West Shelters closed at the end of June, with people moving to other locations, according to Hoodline. In the same month, the San Francisco Chronicle reported the Department of Homelessness is seeking additional funding for the remaining sites, some of which will close this year with relocation residents. The Board of Supervisors believe a closer examination of the costs needs to be evaluated first; if approved by the Board of Supervisors, it would then go to the Mayor for approval later this summer.
Development Updates
Bonus Plans For Infill Tower at 1370 Mission Drawn Up

A new set of plans have been drawn up for the parcel at 1370 Mission St. (between 9th and 10th streets); while currently only zoned for for 150-feet, the plans feature a building reaching over 328 feet in height; according to Socketsite. The proposed 30-story building, would need to be approved through the State Density Bonus, which the development team is currently seeking.
Plans for Building on Stevenson Approved

Socketsite notes the release of the EIR report for the 27-story building at 469 Stevenson St. The building will feature 495 residential units, 4,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and a garage for 200 bikes and 178 cars. The article notes that although the development has been approved, it's unlikely to break ground this year.
The LINE and Serif Construction Wraps Up

Handler Architects announced in late May they've nearly wrapped on construction of the forthcoming 12-story housing the forthcoming hotel The LINE and Serif SF apartments. Also, the design of the building was recently highlighted in The Architect's Newspaper: "Designed to read as a 'continuous wrapper around the building,' the envelope consists of glass fiber reinforced concrete panels with beveled edges that waver like a cellophane candy wrapper."
Mid Market Revival

Beyond Chron summarized many of the recent, and upcoming, updates to the District laying the groundwork for a revitalization, "Nearly everything approved for the area is now finished or near-completion—and I foresee a huge improvement once the pandemic ends."
Events & Programs
Skybridge on Stevenson Street Parties To Return

The popular Skybridge on Stevenson events return this September! Featuring music, entertainment and food from District restaurants, the Friends of Stevenson-led event will also feature 27 Filipino inspired lanterns extending down Stevenson from 6th Street to the street's mid-block skybridge. Check our social media for more details closer to September.
Kapwa Gardens Events: Food, Classes, Plants & More

Kapwa Gardens (967 Mission St.) continues to host a robust calendar of events for all ages, classes such as self-defense and hula; food pop ups and an Ube festival. See their site for what's coming up soon.
Jessie Street Block Party

Happening every Friday through September 25, the Jessie Street Block Party features music, art and bites on summer evenings 4 to 10 pm. Check it out, as well as the mural that's in progress on the Pickwick Hotel, and then head across the street to Mint Plaza for dinner!
LINES Dance Center Reopens for In-Person Classes

As of July 5, dancers can return to classes at LINES Dance Center. Online options will also remain available for the time being.
Mid Market Brochure & Business
Attraction Survey
Please see the new Mid Market Business Brochure for information on what's coming to the neighborhood, what's recently arrived, and where new businesses can find the perfect spot to fit in. Also please fill out the Business Attraction Survey to provide your opinions on what types of businesses you'd like to see in Mid Market.
CBD Quarterly Clean & Safe Services Stats
Field Crews Continue to Make a Difference

MMCBD's field crews continue to address the District's safety and sanitation needs - especially as heavy foot traffic returns to the District.

Please contact Dispatch if your business or residence is in need of specific support; and remember that on-call pressure washing and free pet waste bags are still available.

*Shelters are starting to re-open and we are working closely with the City's Healthy Streets Operations Center (HSOC) to find accommodations for the unhoused and reduce the number of encampments located throughout the District.
Field Crew Numbers: April - June, 2021
Printable Public Safety Signs
As state and City COVID mandates have changed, please be sure to make sure your storefront and business have the correct, up-to-date San Francisco Department of Public Health signs of the Safer Together Health Order (enacted June 15, 2021) visible to staff and the public. Please see the entire list of signage and tool kit information on the SF.gov site. If you would like our staff to print signs and bring them to your place of business, please contact us at info@midmarketcbd.org.
Jobs in the District
District Beauty
Thanks to Martin Building Company and a Community Challenge Grant, MMCBD was able to oversee landscaping upgrades in Mint Plaza. The new greenery and refurbished bench provide a welcoming addition for Plaza-goers.
Also, we love the new retro-inspired neon sign outside The Rumpus Room; recently reopened, the San Francisco Chronicle highlighted their return on the cover of a recent edition.