A market-rate housing project reached an unprecedented 25 percent affordable housing on-site at Thursday’s Planning Commission hearing after a last-minute attempt by its sponsor to quell community opposition. “We heard loud and clear: 25 percent, supported by rational research and the data, is the number,” said Peter Schellinger, vice-president in Northern California for Lennar Multifamily Communities, the developer of the project at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. at the corner of 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue.That level was not enough for Mission District activists, however, who wanted more time to negotiate with the developer to bump up the affordable housing even more. They said the project would set a precedent in the neighborhood and that it should be held to a higher standard.“This [project] deserves to be thoroughly vetted to make it work,” said Erick Arguello, the president of the neighborhood association Calle 24. That opposition came just minutes after activists had unanimously supported a smaller, four-story project at 2600 Harrison St. at the corner of Harrison and 22nd streets. Activist support for market-rate projects in the Mission District is rare, and planning commissioners themselves were surprised at the cooperation between activists and the developer.“I never thought I’d hear folks from this part of town talk about their support of a project,” said Dennis Richards, the vice-president of the Planning Commission. Both market-rate housing projects — which will bring 176 units to the neighborhood — were approved unanimously by the commission and will likely be built in the next few years.Housing Project a Template for Developer-Activist NegotiationThe 19-unit development at 2600 Harrison St. went first before the commission. The four-story building would replace a shuttered warehouse and create a small ground-floor light industrial space below housing.Arguello said the project’s small size did not warrant the fighting that accompanies larger developments, and that early sit-downs between activists and the developer identified concessions that appeased activists and eliminated opposition. Namely, the developer will pay a $1.1 million fee for affordable housing — in place of building below-market-rate units on-site — to the city’s Small Sites Program, in which the city buys buildings with less than 25 units, often keeping rental tenants in place and preserving the buildings as affordable housing in perpetuity.The 19-unit project at 2600 Harrison St. Design by Kerman Morris Architects.Speaker after speaker supported the project, saying it should serve as a model for negotiations between housing activists and private developers.“We think that this is the kind of process we’d like to see” for other projects, said Peter Papadopoulos with the Cultural Action Network, which formed to oppose the embattled 335-unit project at 2070 Bryant St. between 18th and 19th streets. Arguello said “the most important piece” of the project was the small sites acquisition money. He would like to see the such fees paid by other housing projects in the neighborhood instead of the general in-lieu fee, which goes to a city-wide affordable housing fund.The small sites money could be used to buy buildings in the Mission District, rather than fund below-market-rate construction outside the neighborhood, Arguello said. He praised the project’s sponsor for speaking to community groups early to strike a deal for the project.The “Titanic Mess on South Van Ness”The jovial atmosphere didn’t last long, however, when activists took to the podium to speak against a 157-unit development planned for 1515 South Van Ness Ave. “The units that you’re gonna build ain’t for you and they ain’t for me, folks,” said Fran Taylor, a transit advocate who said the market-rate development would “squeeze out” those who could not afford the building’s high rents and “change the demographics” of the neighborhood.Arguello and Papadopoulos, part of the organized opposition to the project, struck a conciliatory tone and said they needed a little more time to negotiate with the developer. They hoped to bump up the affordable housing on site and remedy other concerns, like the design of the building and its traffic impact. The project calls for 157 units in a six-story building, with ground-floor retail space and six small trade shops that the developer said would be made available at 50 percent below-market-rate rents. The project would replace the shuttered McMillan Electrical warehouse and sits next to a planned fully affordable senior housing complex.Of particular concern was the size of the project and the precedent it would set for development in the Latino Cultural District, an area from Potrero Avenue to Mission Street and 22nd Street to Cesar Chavez Street designated a “Latino cultural and commercial district” by the city in 2014 in a symbolic proclamation. Supervisor David Campos called for a halt to market-rate housing in the area last week — a request that was ignored by the commission on Thursday — until a study could be done to note the impacts of such housing on the area’s residents and businesses.Arguello worried that the larger 1515 South Van Ness Ave., unlike 2600 Harrison St. building, would set more of a precedent for development in the cultural district and that he wanted between 30–35 percent affordable housing on-site.That came even as Lennar Multifamily Communities, the developer and a subsidiary of the housing giant Lennar Corporation, offered an unprecedented 25 percent affordable housing on-site, or 39 units out of 157. That level has not been accomplished in San Francisco without city subsidies or upzoning, Planning Commissioner Rich Hillis noted.“This project has the highest level of affordable housing on-site that we’ve seen,” he said. The percent affordable is identical to the requirements set in place by Proposition C, the ballot measure that set affordable housing levels at 25 percent city-wide for new projects. The 1515 South Van Ness Ave. project, however, was grandfathered in and is not required to meet the 25 percent threshold. It went from 13.5 percent affordable to almost double in a last-minute bid to win community approval. The 25 percent level was meant to be re-examined after a feasibility study was done that would note whether project could afford to build at that level of affordability. That study has been delayed until the end of August.The below-market-rate units at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. would be reserved for both low and moderate-income tenants. Fifteen percent of the total units would be available to those making up to 55 percent of area median income, or $53,300 for a family of three, while the remaining 10 percent would go to those making up to 100 percent of area median income, or $96,950 for a family of three. Speakers themselves were divided roughly half in support and half against, some saying the project was just one of many needed in San Francisco to curb soaring rental costs and put a dent in the city’s — and neighborhood’s — housing crunch.“As much as some folks might want, it is not possible to address the Mission District’s housing problem by putting a wall around [the neighborhood],” said Tim Colen, the departing director of the Housing Action Coalition, a pro-development advocacy group. Planning commissioners heeded those calls on Thursday, saying the project had reached a good affordability level and approving it unanimously. Negotiations will continue between opponents and the developer, and opponents said they were not sure whether they would appeal the project but hoped to avoid the step and reach a deal instead. 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
THE latest edition of the Saintsrlfc.com Podcast is now available to download.It features lengthy interviews with Royce Simmons and Michael Shenton and can be downloaded from iTunes by searching for St Helens RFC.You can also listen here.
SAINTS will be well represented at the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup.So far Anthony Walker (Wales), James Roby (England), Anthony Laffranchi (Italy) and Willie Manu have been named in ‘final’ squads with Mose Masoe selected in the Samoa train on roster.And Josh Jones, Jonny Lomax and Tommy Makinson have been given the nod in England Knights’ 19-man squad for the upcoming friendly against Samoa at Salford City Stadium on Saturday October 19.Langtree Park will also play host to Australia v Fiji on November 2 in a Group A match.It kicks off at 8pm and tickets are on sale from www.rlwc2013.comMeanwhile, the semi-finals and final of the Year 6 Touch Rugby League Liverpool World Cup will take place before and at half time of that match.Leamington Community Primary School will face St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Primary School whilst Gilmour Junior School play Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School.
NATHAN Brown says despite Catalan Dragons recent run and injury list, Saints can’t show them any pity on Friday.The French outfit sit 0 from 4 on the league ladder and are decimated by injury and suspension.But Saints’ Head Coach pointed to their quality and said he expects an epic contest – especially in the early stages.“The likes of Scott Dureau, Ian Henderson and Daryl Millard are all good players who played well under Trent Robinson but are long term injured,” Brown said. “They’ve lost players to suspension too and those players are hard to replace.“But they have some capable lads there – Zeb Taia and Jeff Lima for example. For the first 20 minutes they will rip into us and we will have to play well to give ourselves a good chance.“They have big strong men in the centre of the field and it will be hard.”Brown says Saints should be healthy for the clash but Mark Percival will miss the match with a leg injury. Mose Masoe will retain his place in the side and there could be a call up for Anthony Walker.“It’s difficult to leave players out who are experienced and working hard, but that’s the situation we’re in,” he added. “We left Anthony Laffranchi out on Friday and he is training well and helping the team off the field too.“But we have big Al (Alex Walmsley) and Kyle Amor going well whilst Mose needs to be playing. Anthony Walker has been playing superb too and deserves a chance as does Mark Flanagan.“We’d expect Mose to improve week on week and last Friday he did what we expected of him. He came over with a reputation and Hull KR’s forwards really challenged him.”Saints host Catalan Dragons this Friday (8pm).Tickets are now on sale for the game from the Ticket Office at Langtree by calling 01744 455052 or by logging on here.
LIZZIE Jones has been shortlisted for the prestigious Inspirational Woman of the Year award by the ITV show Lorraine.It is in recognition for her work campaigning for compulsory cardiac screening in the Championship and League 1, and fundraising through the Danny Jones Defib Fund, which has so far installed defibrillators in 32 community and junior clubs.You can vote by calling 03301 236201Lines close at 10am on Monday October 17.
It was hardly what anyone wanted, but with a blank weekend ahead the head coach has given his squad time away to recuperate and get ready for the run in.Following the win over Wakefield, the players were given a few days off but are now back in training ready for the big derby next Friday.Yet, whilst a break has its benefits, Holbrook admits it wasn’t one he particularly enjoyed.“I didn’t really enjoy my time away as I would much rather have been playing this weekend,” he said. “Once it was forced upon us though, I think it was important.“We’re now focused on the Super League title, so it’s good to freshen up for a few days. If you get away, you always come back keen and raring to go.“We’ve been relatively injury free this season and that is down in part to our performance medical staff, led by Nathan Mill and Matty Daniels. They are fantastic.“Their team is just as important as we are as coaches. They’ve done a fantastic job and we’re lucky to have them.”Holbrook has been able to call on a predominately fit squad all year but recently has been forced into some changes.That has seen the likes of Jack Ashworth and Matty Lees get more game time, and increased roles for those players coming off the bench.“It’s made a huge difference for us,” he continued. “The depth of your squad is the most important thing and I think we’ve shown that. It has definitely been crucial to us winning games.“At Wakefield, I was really impressed with the guys coming off the bench. Matty, Jack and Jon Wilkin swung the game in our favour. It was 0-0 for 25 minutes and then those three came on and made a huge impact to the end result.“I’m really happy for Jack and Matty. They’re good mates; they travel to training together and do everything together, so it’s good to have them both on the field at the same time.”He continued: “All the forwards have stood up and Luke Thompson has had a lot of appearances this year and so he should.“Then you have Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook. Over the last three or four weeks he has been our best player and has made a huge difference in every game.“He started in the back row last week against Wakefield, played 80 minutes and did a great job. He’s been brilliant for us and we’ve needed him to be.“I love the way he plays. It’s not just his passion and enthusiasm, it’s the way he’s playing too. He’s been great!’Saints’ next Betfred Super League fixture sees them host Wigan in the derby on August 31 – and it’s a test Holbrook and the squad is excited about.“We’re really looking forward to it,” he continued. “Obviously there’s been a slower build up with the week off but we will ramp it up later this week to be ready for next Friday.“Playing at home against Wigan is a fantastic game for us.’Saints face Wigan Warriors at 7:45pm on Friday August 31 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.To get your ticket pop into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.
Smith, 22, from Newton-le-Willows played at Blackbrook ARLFC as a youngster before joining the Saints Development Programme at the age of 11.He was part of the unbeaten Academy Championship side of 2016 before making his first team debut away at Catalans in 2018 after spending the season on dual-registration at York City Knights and Featherstone Rovers.Before then he spent a month at Hull KR, gaining valuable first team experience whilst this season he has played five times for Leigh Centurions scoring one try.Smith has made four Saints senior appearances this season and scored his first Saints try in the win against Hull KR at the Totally Wicked Stadium before scoring his second in the win over Catalans more recently.Smith spoke exclusively to Saintsrlfc.com and was naturally delighted with his new contract.“It feels amazing. Being a local lad, growing up in St.Helens and coming watching as a kid it feels great to be able to sign on again and I can now move my career on.“I would like to thank Eamonn McManus, Mike Rush and Justin Holbrook for having faith in me and trusting me to wear the shirt and do a job for St.Helens.“It has also been great to train and work alongside the likes of James Roby who has helped me a lot. He has helped me develop my game and I have tried to model my game on the way he plays.“Watching and coming through the system, there is no better role model than him and hopefully one day I become half the player he has been and have some sort of legacy within the club. That is the ultimate dream.”Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “It’s fantastic news that Aaron has committed to Saints. Aaron is another one of our successful Academy graduates. He is an example of what can be done with hard work and dedication.“Aaron is learning from the best in James Roby every day in training and that means he can only improve further with experience and with age.”Head Coach Justin Holbrook added: “I am delighted Aaron has signed on for another three years.“Aaron has proven this season he is a Super League player. His performances this season have shown what a bright future he has. He is a great young player to coach and is another product of promoting young players from our academy system. Aaron is learning from the best in James Roby on how the game should be played and what is required off the field to be a Saints player.”Tickets for Saints’ Coral Challenge Cup Round Six clash with the Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday are now on sale from just £10 for adults. Click here for more information.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Calabash man is accused of using an app to receive and send sexually explicit photos and videos of minors.According to arrest warrants, Benjamin Lindsey, 19, used “Kik”, a messenger app, to distribute the images. The unknown children are between the ages of 7 and 12. The photos show them engaged in sexual activity.- Advertisement – Warrants also state Lindsey sent images of a child between the ages of 10 and 12 having sexual intercourse with an unidentified adult male to unknown Google users.Lindsey was arrested on Thursday. He is charged with the following:Two countys of second degree sexual exploitation of a minorTwo counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minorThe date of the alleged crimes happened between March 1 and August 24 of this year.Related Article: Burgaw Police remind you to lock your car after numerous break-insLindsey is in jail under a $500,000 bond.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The head coach for the UNCW Women’s Soccer team has been placed on administrative leave with pay.WWAY learned Wednesday he has been on administrative leave since early December.- Advertisement – WWAY found tweets posted last summer and more in November and December after the #MeToo movement started, accusing Coach Paul Cairney of sexual misconduct at a UNCW soccer camp.Two days after the most recent tweet, the school placed him on administrative leave. It is unclear at this time if it was in response to these tweets.According to the UNCW website, Cairney has been with the soccer team since 1994. He became the head coach in 1996.Related Article: ILM names memorial plaza after former board chairman UNCW spokeswoman Janine Iamunno said in a statement “the university is aware of the allegations against Coach Paul Cairney.”Iamunno would not specify what the allegations are.She added he was placed on leave in order for the university to conduct a personnel inquiry. Iamunno said this is not a disciplinary action.If you know any information, you are asked to contact the university.WWAY reached out to Coach Cairney’s attorney, Bruce Mason, who responded to the allegations Wednesday night saying:“The allegation against Coach Paul Cairney is false. The accusation alleges an incident occurring in 1994. This claim was fully and thoroughly investigated by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department in 2007. Paul cooperated in that investigation.UNCW is required to take seriously all allegations of this nature. Coach Cairney is fully cooperating with the process and will continue to do so to its completion. Paul is very grateful for the outpouring of support from family and friends.” WWAY also spoke to Lt. Jerry Brewer of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office about that investigation from 2007.Brewer said they are working on getting information about the case and will have more information on Thursday.