Yesterday I received some great news from the San Francisco Parks Alliance about open space in Noe Valley. If you aren’t familiar, there is a lot on 24th street – 3861 24th St – that is currently owned by a church. The lot is located between Sanchez and Vicksburg streets. If you aren’t familiar with Vicksburg, it is between Sanchez and Church streets. From tax records, it appears the lot belongs to the Noe Valley Ministry, and they’d like to sell the lot to allow them to rebuild their building (which isn’t on 24th St.).
The goal is to create a permanent open space along 24th Street. For the past 8 years or so the space has been home to the Saturday Noe Valley Farmer’s Market.
According to the NoeValleyTownSquare website, the estimated cost of the projet is at least $4,000,0000. Yesterday, the SF Rec and Park Commission unanimously recommended the purchase of the lot so that it can finally become the Noe Valley Town Square.
What happens next? The recommendation from the SF Rec/Park Commission goes to the Board of Supervisors now. In the past, the city has suggested they would be willing to spend about $2,000,000 of city funds for the purchase of the lot, which means that for the project to become a reality, private donors need to raise at least another $2,000,000.
If you’d like to make a donation to the Noe Valley Town Square, or learn more about some of the design concepts, I’d highly recommend you visit the Noe Valley Town Square website, which has a ton of background and information about the project. You can also make a financial pledge to help support the project. What are your thoughts about the plan to create a permanent open space in the heart of Noe Valley? And have you made your financial contribution yet?