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would allow this. we do have a precedent and that is st. mary's church in supervisor david chiu's district. with the set of criteria established, i believe help to bolster communities support for this project giving neighborhood stakeholders the comfort that this would not produce unintended consequence either to the neighborhood or the city's carefully crafted tdf program. because of the planning department's careful a analysis sis, the important role in the community, our legislation has received a broad range of community support and i know that we have the planning department and we also have father tommy from st. bonafice here along with edward [speaker not understood]. i want to give st. bonafice and [speaker not understood]. >> [speaker not understood]. both the planning department and our commissions reviewed this and it is of utmost importance we make sure that rezoning such as this which
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would confer the ability to sell transfer development rights are only done when it is in the public interest and not necessarily in the private interest of the asking party. in this indication, the proposal passed with flying colors meeting all of the criteria and was recommended by approval unanimously both [speaker not understood] and historic preservation commission. thank you. >> thank you. father tommy, would you like to come and comment as well? good afternoon, supervisors. my name is father tommy [speaker not understood], the pastor at st. bonafice church. we serve many critically and important [speaker not understood] in the tenderloin ~. the building itself is the tenderloin's most distinctive and dominant landmark. spiritually it's a place of peace and tranquility. it also provides a place of rest for many san francisco economically disenfranchised and homeless citizens.
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the architecture, the art and particularly the century old stain glassed windows provide humanizing beauty. and filled with dehumanizing poverty [speaker not understood]. during the day people come in to enjoy the beauty, the quiet for a chance to pray, meditate, or just gather their thoughts. the church is also hosted for nearly a decade now. it will be a project as supervisor kim mentioned. the project provides space in the back half of the church for people to sleep and rest during the day. many of the people on the church pews were on the streets the night before because there were not adequate space for them in the shelters. also having nowhere to go during the day at a time when the shelters are closed. any given time during the weekdays, anywhere between 40 and 90 people resting in the pews of saint bonafice. you might imagine opening our doors to so many people takes a heavy toll on the building. we also provide one of the
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building to the [speaker not understood] academy, a private catholic school which serves 4 through 8 grade students with families in the tenderloin area. because parents only pay $50 per month, tuition is covered by scholarships. [speaker not understood] and advance to sacred heart cathedral high school. approximately 80% of them go on to college. for students in the tenderloin, that is an incredible statistic. the majority of the people is the [speaker not understood] serves are very poor. many work two or three jobs just to cover the high cost of rent and to feed their families. our parishioners are multi-cultural. because of their high level of poverty, our parishionerses are able to contribute very little to the income of the church. as a result, we do not have adequate funds to cover the cost of preserving such a very large building. it what completed in 1902.
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the great earthquake of 1906 destroyed nearly the entire structure. miraculously the main tower and two accompanying towers of the church remain standing. those towers were incorporated into a new building constructed in 1907. therefore, the church as it stands today includes the most prominent architectural feature from 1902 with remaining built from [speaker not understood] and upon ashes of the original building. the church's most beautiful architectural ornaments are the stained glass windows. the 27 hand painted windows are designed by the premiere art glass designers in the world. the collection of the church represents only a few remaining complete examples of this genre of church he he in the united states. having with stood past 105 years, the windows are now unstable. the [speaker not understood], the glass is cracking and many of them are in jeopardy of complete destruction. a recent proposal estimated the cost of restoration at about $2 million.
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as i mentioned earlier, the church barely has enough funds at any given time for substantial operating expenses. it would be impossible for the church with limited resources to begin such an immense financial undertaking as repairing these hand painted stain glass windows. to restore the stain glass, the church needs a new and substantial source of funds. if the church were allowed to sell transferrable development rights, we anticipate over time we would have sufficient funds to complete the restoration of all of our windows. without those funds as a stained glass continues to crack and break, they will have to be replaced. if that occurs we will have no other option to put temporarily put plywood over the windows, [speaker not understood] clear glass. and if we can raise the money, that would certainly be a travesty. the church is a landmark worthy of preserving for all the citizens of san francisco and particularly for the people that call the tenderloin their
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home. the church has long been known as the oasis of the tenderloin. community sub for the for the proposed restoration has been overwhelming. this is the following list of the supporters. tenderloin neighborhood development, community housing partnership, university of california hastings college of law, episcopal community services, mercy housing, saint anthony's foundation, alliance for better district 6, tenants association, coalition, and san francisco architectural heritage. we are also grateful to receive unanimous support from the historic preservation commission and as mentioned unanimous support from the san francisco planning commission. this is a great cause and one that will help preserve this landmark for future generations. thank you very much. >> thank you so much for your presentation. >> thank you, supervisor kim. at this point can we proceed with public comments? okay.
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we will open it up for public comment on item number 2. i have no public comment cards. we have one, but then i got a note that this person will not speak, edward solesky. so, is there any public comment on item number 2? okay. seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel] >> and, supervisor kim, would you like to make a motion on item number 2? >> sure. i would like to make a motion to forward with positive recommendation. but again would like to thank all parties for their [speaker not understood] through this process. we want to be really careful when we expand on potential sites to the tdr program that we aren't oversaturating, that we do have the framework by which we enter in other parcel. i think the church is a perfect example of the type of parcel we would like to support through the tdr program. it is both contiguous to the zone area and is also a nonprofit institution that serves such an important need in the tenderloin community. and i just want to note
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something that i really [speaker not understood] over christmas, the students actually do a free concert for any homeless residents to come to watch them sing and carol. and i think that's such a wonderful way for young people to learn how to give back at an early age. and again, it could be a project could be an amazing place. i wish more of our churches were able to did that. we have a limited amount of daytime drop-in centers for homeless residents in our city, the good will project is really one of the few churches i know of that opens its doors to everyone in the city. it's just really just an amazing resource and i want to appreciate all the work that you do and really fulfilling your mission through your church. so, again, want to move this forward with positive recommendation. >> okay. supervisor kim has made a motion to move forward with positive recommendation and can we take that without objection? >> yes, please. >> okay, without objection, that will be the order. [gavel] >> madam clerk, is there any additional business before the committee? >> there is no further
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business. >> okay, then we are adjourned. [gavel] >> thank you, everyone. [adjourned] >> everybody to the world and enter galactic rocket i'm joel we have the great honor and pleasure of ownership this building but having haley here we love you guys focused on
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digital health this is your grand opening. so we've getting got a set period of time we're going to have an interesting panel discussion. most of you know mayor ed lee was sworn in two years ago january 8, 2012, to replace naumd and richard who runs our bay area operation we broke ground back in 2005 mission bay was i think a call was here and we did the total low beautiful bluegrass building we had no tenant who would ever come to mission bay now look at it today. we made a good decision.
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so mayor ed lee has previously served as intern mayor and focused on government efficiencies welding we'd love to have you go to washington >> what did that do. >> he introduced the cities first 10 year plan and he's been either in the city and county since 1989 and at the first asian-american mayor. welcome sir, we're god to have you (clapping.) to his immediate left it princess laef i'm kidding haley who is the founder and ceo of rock health one of the most creativity thinkers as you know they have the fund for the
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digital fund and she's responsible for the building of partners and overseeing the strategic direction. she has been named one of the telephone enterprise for cnn's and one of the 15 women to work in the tech and she had an odd title. she is a harvard mba and she imagined would could be. and finally, i want to introduce the moderator and editor and i'm going to turn it over to him from harrod and mit and come to san francisco. well everybody it's an honor and pleasure to have you here
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(clapping.) it's an honor to be here to moderate our latin america panel we've got 15 minutes. i'm recordings this because i'm going to a share it. but i'm going to start with you mayor ed lee. the board of supervisors designated mission bay as a development district in 1998. if you came here you would have seen parking lots and train tracks. the transformation has been credible. for a long time there wasn't a call place. how does the transformation here fit into our vision so far the high tech in san francisco and how did the health incubator fit into the plan >> first of all, i wish everybody a happy new year.
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it's a wonderful time to be here in 0 san francisco. to personally congratulate haley and joel for your wonderful work. there's one more site missing when willie brown offered the site and my predecessors naumd took over and put stem down here in signaled some hard things there's one more vision besides the railroads that was my driving rank rage you i range you would have seen me there i'm imperfect my golf shot. willie came and said we've got to change mission bay you need to a head up the mapping by the way, he building if i build it
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they've come. he already saw not only the idea of having a new sector on health care but with company but when gavin took over he invited stem to come to the center and that really signaled a ground work with usc f now we have bio life companies 50 in mission bay are bio life scientists science. we have some at gladstone and terry at bear and others. you've got 25 hundred usc f faculty and techs.
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when he said we'll build it and they come if we took an infrastructure approach and built the infrastructure that a new sector low merger and it has. when you see did pharmaceutical companies here with the hospital it will open in 2015 and another hotel pop up and family houseraising money at the stephen's house the other day it will house families to come through the treatment but you'll also see the innovation reflected here. i'm glad to see ray cell here. your not only in the morning an
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incubator but a inventor to get together with other tech companies and introduce them to the relationship he's pr this is what mission bay is all about no matter where here in hospitality or manufacturing and now in digital health care. i love this blend. i was introduced to this when i was talked about this and she introduced the idea to put all the health data symbol clouds and allow us to astronomer health care and what a timing it would be when we're on the vertigo of implementing the care act we're trying to look at the bridge time of the digital
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movement to the health care movement and rock health it perfect. i'm excited to be here but also the land use decisions we made with alexander at the time, we took you took a lot of risks with us you didn't know from one mayor to another whether we would change that i want to consider willie brown and definitely credit naumd for appointing me to this position i'm the third in section so this sector got ceded we used the redevelopment monies and the tax increment money to build the infrastructure to allow the lives are buildings to go up.
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this is the magic how do you revitalize our old shipyard and you've got to revitalize our cities this is what we've done w in partnership with the encounter institutions we've had. i will continue to say thank you to u s f we've attracted all those great research labs and i think they're here because of the talent per san francisco is a 24r5e7b9 attracter i'm going to add myself to that even though i have a march 10th glass i'm trying to change my imagine i have to be more like the big mayors >> not the mayor of attorney respondent
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(laughter). >> but i say lecture regularly us kelly he got blessed with the highest honor from his origin which is the origin of the british empire. and this is yet again another example of innovation and the spirit we have. our story is working in looking toward the industry of infrastructure i know that diseases we talk about so threatening those days will i know in our lifetimes be ended with the fantastic discoveries we'll have with the blepd of digital health our technology and health care but ultimately it is the spirit of the people
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of this city that attract other people who want to solve problems and we'll solve many of the world's problem right here. congratulations raqeul >> so haley let me turn to you i started rock health in 2010 and made a decision to move into an office on grant straight and chinatown. till looking for your office you have to go through the scarf shop. it was fantastically though and it's obviously a reliant and robust part of town. now your moving to mission bay. how and when did you decide to move and graph it's tattoo this
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neighborhood and how you wanted the space to look and feel and reinvent the physical space >> how many people have been to our chinatown office you know what an upgrade this is. it's lovely to welcome you all here. when we decided to move the office was ready for us to leave the decision was a purely economic decision we wanted to safe neighborhoods and one we could afford so we ended up in chinatown but it was time for us to expand and be in a place that recognize the vision we have. so it was really great when we met alexander and we talked about having better infrastructure and better real estate to the companies we
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support. it maid make sense to be in mission bay not only for the medical research but the activity from the medication side but also the technology. we've accepted away from sylmar and rock health is in the middle it was a no-brainer. being on the first floor was exciting as well as because of the great advertising and ultimately it lend the feel of having a community and we bring people here all the time. yesterday we had a group of doctors who hung out here so if anyone has a group to share our space we want to be able to welcome our groups that have the same vision. we worked with the architect to
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build this space out to our needs they studied our needs in chinatown the way we used the space and we can have community space here no workshops and event while entrepreneurs are working on the other side. we have break out rooms that we put together and we're able to plan this out it has been 6 months it was a thought of move. we made this space with alexandra >> what kinds of interactions do you think you'll have here. >> well-being coloring to the clinicians we'll have them right
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there. we see people walking bye and we wave and whatever we have events it's easier for them to get to so for any of our partners those we work with those being closer to the freeway and being able to park are around here. our partners will say it was difficult to get to the subway it's easier now. super so joel alley draw real estate equities is not only the larger real estate company across the country right but to date most of your tenants have been traditionally bio tech companies; right? with wet labs; right? so digital life is different i'm curious where do
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you think the digital health will fit a year from now or 15 years from now and what can alexandra do it's a bridge between digital and health >> we actually have a board vision we started in 1994 and 14rbd our 2w0ub9 of 24th anniversary. so we started with a business plan and a mindset to be at the intersection of the real estate longer value but boarder this and that that's a huge industry it employes 3 and a half million people. but one of the first things we did in the bay are area we bought a set of buildings from a company that was leaving and
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larry came along and did google's first champions and put in a skateboard park so we had some interesting issues then we started a new venture headed by amanda who made the intro to us personally so we've invest in google in a budget share and still own part of that stock. all return is one thousand .678 times so the money we've invested equally to exceed the benchmark everyone we are in new york and
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cambridge and a san diego etc., he ever one of those cities is heavy being driven by technology and life science. the areas we have a huge human capital and brain function advantage over the rest of the world we expect our tenant to be more collaborative and innovative where you have engineering and chemical and engineering and biological so we see our future it heavy solar driven enterprise. haley mentioned when we met the health rock people we were blown away we've got to work and invest together it was a knoll team so that's how we think about things >> so you can see users working
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with the rock health folks. >> super we could go on for hours it's an existing event but we're going to move on to the ribbon cutting ceremony. >> (cheering)
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>> >> >> good evening and welcome to the february 26, 2014, meeting of the san francisco board of appeals. the presiding officer this evening is our vice-president ann lazarus joined by commissioner fung and hurtado and we expect supervisor here briefly. at the control of the boards legal assistance is pacheco.