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of the gym community center and the benefits you get from the new building. >> in terms of the gymnasium, i am pleased to say that several years ago, we partnered with them. we are a tenant. we pay market rates for gymnasium time. the partnership involved at a time of mutual need. my school was looking to share facilities with some community entity. we needed space. we still do so that our children can participate in physical education and sports. i believe there is still a desperate need by the community center for a guaranteed cash flow. we have worked with booker t. to purchase a certain number of hours per year so that we can get our gymnasium time as much as they can flex their scheduled
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to meet our needs. it has been a win-win situation for both. my students have had the opportunity to be mentors in tutoring and home work situations as well as helping -- they've been able to help the teachers and faculty mentor and summer programs. we have provided some athletic and fun trips for them as well. it is beyond the classroom. >> it was not that long ago that drew asked for permission to demolish a residential unit building so that there would be an extension of the facilities. what came before us was under the planning code under demolition of a tenant unit building. is that correct? >> yes. >> i am curious.
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>> it is in the vicinity of this area. >> it is about a five-block walk. >> what kind of support did you get from the community for the demolition of the building for the expansion of the school facility? >> the extended community was overwhelmingly in favor of us. we have been an active partner in the community. the planning commission voted 7- 0 in favor. the board of supervisors upheld an appeal. i think there were two parts. both of them were supported by the board of supervisors. wonderfully, the building has now been completed. i think the neighbors and extended community and grown to appreciate it.
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it came largely as a result of the fact we've worked hard to be engaged and active partner with the community and understand its needs. supervisor mirkarimi: i think drew has demonstrated that. it is a well-known private school. >> is a well-known independent school. supervisor mirkarimi: it is fair resourceful. is that the case as well? >> over 40% of the students are in financial aid partnerships with us. we work hard to provide access to nearly 50% of the kids who go there. we have been fortunate that a fepercentage of our families tht have the ability to get beyond tuition have supported us in efforts to go directly to financial aid and this particular building project. we have also had to borrow quite a bit. we have quite and mortgage debt in essence. supervisor mirkarimi: think you
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for your public service. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. i am speaking on behalf of the housing action coalition. we followed this project for a long time. i want to state plainly that we strongly support the scd. we think it is an excellent project. it is entirely in context with the neighborhood. this is a neighborhood in transition as stated previously. for goodness sakes, is across the street from a large bus parking lot. this is not going park or no year rally -- glen park or noe valley. this is affordable housing. we see again and again that indeed is oceanic and the supply
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is a trickle. in the best of worlds, it is painfully difficult to find affordable housing. we know this is not the best of times. we think in a real and perverse way, a compromise is saying that a community service -- center that provides service in a real way is expected to subsidize a neighborhood of much higher economic status. that is a perverse use of the land. this is a great project. you have heard from the mayor's office of housing that the reduction in the number of units is a real cost to the city and office of housing that could deploy those resources elsewhere. i think this is a project whose time has come and it deserves to go forward. supervisor mar: i am going to read some more names before the next speaker comes up. gail goldman, mike terio, and
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brett luellen. >> i am a native born and raised in laurel heights. everyone keeps referencing the bus yard. i grew up on the other side of that. i wish i was fortunate enough to attend drew school now that they are getting this new gymnasium that is a very big deal. i am and several phone profit -- philanthropic boards throughout the city. community support is the key to making sure that any community organization is run successfully in the neighborhood. you have the option and opportunity of full community support with supervisor
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farrell's this in and compromise of the 41-unit building. we all support booker t. washington. we support affordable housing and transitional housing as well. those nine units might be a transitional or low-income units. those could be made up in another project. the conformity of the neighborhood is key. another side note i wanted to make is that the gymnasium in its current location is -- [tone!] 1 basketball net will be flipped. it will be infringing on several backyard neighborhoods -- neighborhood backyards. it will affect the sunlight reaching some solar panels as
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well. we urge you to support supervisor farrell's compromise. bring the neighbors and community center to make it together to make a wonderful organization we know it can be. [tone!] >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is hannah. i live on sutter directly across the street from booker t. i am in favor of the 45-foot compromise. the thing i am concerned about that no one has raised is solar. there is a building with solar panels a couple of buildings
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down. my understanding is that they will probably pay higher utility bills as a result of this building if that happens. what about future installations. it marked the shadow? what about the shadows? what will a 50-foot building due to the opportunities to have solar in this neighborhood? that's it. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is gail goldman. i have spent a good part of my career trying to develop partnerships between housing developers and service
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providers to build housing for the transitional age youth population. it has been a rewarding career, but it is frankly difficult and it gets more difficult because resources for building affordable housing are even more difficult. three of housing projects i have worked on and seen developed -- for the youuth housing products i have worked on and see developed, some require at least six funding options and up to 10. they rarely come up the same time. to develop this sort of housing project often takes years. i know of one that took 10 years to develop in the city of san francisco.
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fortunately, this project 3 fortunate set of circumstances has not taken as long as 10 years. the financing is easier than most projects because property the booker t. owns the land. the other wonderful thing is that it is in a safe neighborhood with good public transportation. these young people cannot afford cars and do not have them. the access to good public transportation is critical. moreover, it comes with a community center and the resources for the young people as well as good role models. [tone!] ok, thank you. >> thank you. your passion is well felt. next speaker, please.
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>> i was born and raised in san francisco. i am transitional aged youth. the matter being discussed has to do with height or the building fitting with in the context of the neighborhood, but what i would like to stress to you is that this is a moral decision on your hands. that is something my grandmother taught me on how to carry myself in life. i think this is one of the moments where it is more clear than ever that this is a moral decision. the fact is that 24 units of transitional housing will still not be enough to meet the needs, but is a step in the right direction. when we talk about feet and units, we're really talking about lives of the youth who have the odds stacked against
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them. this is an opportunity for you to make the right moral decision of prioritizing the lives of former foster youths and folks who need affordable housing over building height, car spaces, or fitting into the context of a neighborhood. this is about lives. i urge you to make the right moral decision in supporting this project to move forward. thank you. >> [inaudible] it looks like ava desra, cherilyn adams. >> i urge you to strongly support the 50-unit five-story building as approved by the planning commission. my support comes from various perspectives. i am a resident in mr. two. i am on the board of directors
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of the little school, and neighboring preschool just a block away from booker t. washington. i of four children that have attended the school and live in the neighborhood. i am also a civil rights attorney who has worked in public education for many years. in terms of the children who live and attend school and in iraq, we cannot go wrong with having a vibrant community center. this project will create that. we want a long-term community center that can survive for the long term. we've heard a lot of testimony today in terms of the financial stability that the 50 units would create. from my perspective, we want something there that continues to be stable in the neighborhood and provides services to children in the neighborhood. second, booker t. washington's proposed project is a very unique model. it has wraparound services for the transitional aged youth and
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their children and also the school aged youth who have access to the after-school programs. this is unique. it is a unique public-private partnership. as a resident of district two, i support public-private partnerships. this will leverage the public dollars to go long term and work with non-profit community organizations that have a strong track record from party washington to first place for use. i urge you to support the project. >> where is the middle school located questio? -- where is the little school located? you do not see those in competition? it helps to create a vibrant community, but is that competition for a little school? >> it has more applications than available slots.
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there are child care -- very cute child care options in the city. there are many children on waiting lists for child care in the city. >> there is little school. water the other child care options in the area? >> there is a new center across the street from little school. i do not know if it is a licensed child-care center. i do not know the name. in the neighborhood, there are other centers. there is nothing directly right there. >> thank you. supervisor mar: 80. next speaker, please. >-- thank you. >> i am just going to come in for the most part and say with the reverend said. some of you are aware that the
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average as with us for apprentices is 29 years old. they come to us after they have stumbled around. some of them come to us after incarceration. they have lost 10 good years of possible a cccrual of pension benefits, building a nest egg, starting a family. supportive housing would give transition-age youth the real possibility of dealing secure enough to come to us and others like us to start a career earlier and start their lives more successfully earlier. the more support of housing we have in san francisco, the better off we are, including a us in the trades. we have all heard about the outlook of the working class and especially the african-american working class in san francisco. we farm out our foster youth to other counties.
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if there's no place for them to come home to, that is where they stay. i say we bring them home to san francisco. nine units may seem small. it is huge in this regard. there is a crew of good-looking little kids across the hall that i hope to get a chance to see before the system. i think they are a powerful argument in favor of this project. we support the project. thank you. >> they did not fill out cards. i hate to keep them waiting indefinitely. someone organizing them should consider bringing them in together. i hate to think of them just hanging around. the next speaker, please. >> i live and own property on sutter street immediately adjacent to the backyard of booker t. washington. i have lived here since 1988. i have never had an issue with the community center. i would like to reiterate in the
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six years, the neighborhood has never been opposed to the project, only to the facts. i am here to give my support to the pefarrell compromise. i feel like this is repeating some of the mistakes from the 1960's when we built overcrowded housing projects that we have since torn down and rebuilt as more family-friendly units. the current plan for a property is trying to cram too many people into a small space. we want to help as many people as possible, but we have to consider the cost. the housing we build half to bea has to be livable. in an early iteration of the project, there were only 10 units for these kids at that time.
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now we're up to 25. we have more than double that. that is good. the 50 studio apartments are tiny. i urge everyone to really look at these plans. it kind of reminds you of a college dorm room. they do not show the kitchens or bathrooms. the apartments are tiny. currently, the lot is zoned for 28 units of housing. we're trying to build an enormous gymnasium, a community center, a radio center, and adding 50 studio apartments. it seems like something has to give. as for the forego housing component, i do not see how 25 tiny studio apartments achieves the goal of keeping families in the city. [tone!] >> thank you. bring them up together. two can speak on behalf of them.
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>> i would like to make booker t. baker because more kids and people are coming to booker t. i would like to get them together so we do not have to go to the garden house. we can just be a one place. but what was your name and men,? -- >> what was your name, young man? >> devonte. >> i think we should have a bigger area. we can have space and move around. we do not have space to do
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stuff. we can eat together and have fun together instead of going other places. that is all i have got to say. >> thank you. >> my name is still in rodgers -- dillon rogers. i would like to make booker t. baigger -- bigger because we do not have a lot of space. the middle schoolers have to go someplace else. we cannot see them. sometimes the gymnasium is taken because there are practices and games. >> my name is eshon jones. i have been a part of booker t. washington since third grade. i am now in college. i grew up in district 5. i have not seen many educational
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facilities such as property washington. booker t. has supported me throughout my years with a safe, nurturing, and loving environment. i would like to see them expand so that they can give youth the same opportunities i had. >> thank you. >> i have been with booker t. continues. the community is wonderful. the kids are wonderful. it is time for us to get a bigger building and space. we have a lot of new faces. it would be better for the kids. >> thank you, very much. we really appreciate it. [applause] thank you for your patience, like everybody else. let's resume the speakers' list. come on up.
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those people have been patiently waiting. thank you. >> good afternoon. i am a legislative affairs officer with the san francisco youth commission. in 2005, the commission noticed the lack of housing for youth and asked the mayor to have a task force. he did so. this task force then advised the mayor's office of housing to create 400 new units by 2015. the members of this commission are probably aware that the goal of creating housing remains just as great now as six years ago. should this project and others all give build, it will still does the over 1/4 of the recommended units built by 2015. the task force ordained by the
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mayor made 16 recommendations. they consider those crucial to the success of the population. while we focus on just one recommendation today, it is remar-- important to remember hw endangered this population is. to insure the 500 new units get built, the san francisco youth commission is holding a hearing on monday, june 20. we will be hearing presentations from the mayor's office of housing among others. i hope you will consider joining us. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. as a youth commissioner and president of district two, i am very excited to see the possibilities of this project being moved forward. we did not know before coming here is that theryouth radio is
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planning on having space. that is really exciting. i think would be great for the youth in san francisco to have the opportunity. i always look forward to hearing the perspective of youth on npr. it would be great for the youth in san francisco. we definitely need the housing board. and people. this would be great for the youth of san francisco. -- we definitely need the housing for young people. this would be great for the use of san francisco. >> i am going to read some more names. >> good afternoon. i am the executive director of community services. i am here to speak to the need of housing. even if we get all 400 units by 2015, that is just a tiny bit of what we need. market street sees 3400 youth a
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year. we estimate the need to be 5700 or homeless or at risk for it each year with a huge percentage of those coming out of the foster care system. this project needs to go through at full capacity. it is a lot if you are one of the nine who do not get housing because there are not the extra nine units. this is a moral decision. this is about addressing the needs of transitioning youth. it is critical that the project go through. . to washington and youth radio make an excellent team who will provide great services for the young people who have the honor of living in the building. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. i am the chief of programs and a member of the board of directors for booker t.
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i want to wholeheartedly support the project as it stands. i want to highlight the need for housing for transitional aged youth. we currently have a shelter for them. it has 40 beds and is overflowing every night. we have a bottleneck of available housing for those young people need transitional housing. the need is great. the difference between 24 and a smaller amount makes a huge impact. i want to wholeheartedly support the project. thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> think you for taking time to listen to us. -- thank you for taking time to listen to us.
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my name is still at stone -- philip stone. i am on the board of directors for the booker t. washington center. i am a fourth generation san franciscan. i joined the center in 1948. i have been a member and instill in communications with most of the african-americans who grew up in the western addition. i have been a deputy public defender and a deputy city attorney in the city. i also work for the department of housing and urban development. about five years ago, we put out feelers about what we should do and how to best utilize the property. at that time, we talked to some of the neighbors. i personally talked with three neighbors and steve williams at the same time. the proposal then