PRESERVE THE BUSINESSES AT 3150 18th STREET/ACTIVSPACE MISSION

Addendum:

The final decision about the fate of the businesses in this building is Monday July 22.

The newest information is that the owner purposely lied about the purpose of his construction ot the building, the proposed use of the building, defrauded the City and hundreds of small businesses leasing from ActivSpace Mission. 

The City's solution as of this date (July 18, 2019) is that each business will be required to complete a survey conducted by the Building Department of the buisness license issued by the Office of Small Business and SF Treasurer's Office. There is a charge for this. 

Each business' space will also be required to undergo a physical inspection for changes to the unit that may be in violation of a building code. This inspection will also cost money.

For businesses requiring a Health Department Inspection the unit will have to be inspected and the charge for that can be upwards of $4,000.

The hearing being held on 7/22 will let the tenants of ActivSpace know whether they'll be able to stay under the above conditions, or whether these conditions will be unacceptable to the city and everyone in the building who is not considered PDR will be forced to leave.

We're asking foryour help in letting the city know how valuable Small Businesses are, how valuable the businesses in this building are, and how the small business owners shouldnot be financially responsible for the fraud commited by the owner of the building.

We thank you for your support!

ORIGINAL TEXT:

Signing this petition will show your support to the businesses at ActivSpace Mission by requesting that the legislation proposed by Siupervior Hilary Ronen for 3150 18th Street to prevent the pending eviction of hundreds of businesses leasing space there. ( Legislation File 190165 )

ActivSpace Mission, a multi-use small office complex located at 3150 18th Street has been home to hundreds of Massage Therapists, Bodyworkers, Language Teachers, Psychologists, Graphic Designers, Artists, non-toxic Nail Salons, Hair Dressers and many other small and unique business for many many years.

Recently over 50 of these businesses received notices to 'cease all activity' at the location or face eviction. The city's Health Department has decided to enforce legislation aimed at prostitutes and massage parlors (the sex ones) by making certain businesses at ActivSpace close.

To make matters worse it's come to light that the building isn't even zoned for 90% of the businesses that lease space there. That means it's not just Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers who are at risk of eviction, it's practically the whole building. Hundreds of small unique businesses are at high risk of being evicted by the Planning Department because of old zoning regulations.

This will do nothing for the city. There is no benefit to the Planning Department or the Health Department. The evictions serve no one. There is no prostitution or 'massage parlors' in the building. The only thing that will happen is that hundreds of individuals who work hard for their clients and patients and patrons will lose their place of business, and probably permanently.

The reality is there is no where else in San Francisco, or even the Bay Area, for a modestly small business to go. Space in SF is very limited and commercial rates are just prohibitive.

The only solution, the only way to keep all these businesses viable, and to make sure their clientele has access to the services they need, is to support legislation to 'grandfather' in the existing businesses to continue to serve the needs of the neighborhood and community.

Please sign the petition immediately to support the legislation for 3150 18th Street to match the needs and current landscape of the neighborhood and community.

Thank you!

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