Speaking of second Saturday, Verge Gallery is moving, and this Saturday is their last reception there. It's the closing reception for the show Haute Romantics, which is composed of young, up-and-coming New York artists. The show is curated by the bloggers behind Art Fag City.
Besides the sadness of the Verge moving, there's some more city sadness. Curtis Park is getting a long, slow reaming from Paul Petrovich. At the planning commission meeting about his huge gross proposal for a development, Petrovich and his ilk got to talk for over an hour and a half of a four hour meeting. Then the planning commission deliberated for about 20 minutes and voted UNANIMOUSLY to approve the development. This is from the SCNA website:
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING?
After a five and a half hour hearing, at 11:15pm, the Planning Commission voted 8-0 to approve
the staff recommendation. The staff recommended support for the general plan amendment and
zoning changes and certification of the final EIR with the following conditions:
1) Enhanced notification to the neighborhood when the revised Remedial Action Plan is made
2) The primary entrances of commercial buildings shall be oriented to the street.
3) Swap the location of the senior housing with the other multifamily housing to locate the senior
housing closer to the main street.
The Planning Commission also recommended that the City's Traffic Division should evaluate and
advise the City Council on the various options for the 10th Avenue connection. Per the normal
established process, the developer will need to come back to the planning director for site plan
review for individual pieces of the development. Any planning director decisions are appealable to the planning commission.
The only request from SCNA that was granted was the request to have the primary entrances of
commercial buildings be oriented to the street. However, the decisions of the Planning
Commission ARE NOT binding. The Council has the last say in how the project will be
developed. There were no conditions placed on the project that would limit the size of the
commercial space or the footprints of buildings. No additional streets were added to make it more of a street grid pattern and there was no requirement for a pedestrian bridge to be built to transit and Sacramento City College. Your voice is needed when this project goes to the City Council on Thursday, April 1, 2010. Please write or e-mail the Mayor and City Council and copy