Quantcast

What's Up at 350 Divisadero?

By Andrew Dudley - Published on June 23, 2010.
Several readers have emailed us asking if we can explain what, if anything, is happening at 350 Divisadero. Sure, we can do that.

First, some backstory. You wouldn't know it by looking at it, but back in the '60s and '70s, 350 Divisadero was a popular live music venue called the Both/And Club, hosting the likes of Ike & Tina Turner, The Steve Miller Blues Band, and Miles Davis. Then in the late 70s, the Both/And Club moved up Divisadero to the space that's now The Independent, and, well, 350 Divis has basically alternated between vacancy and pot dispensing ever since. The latest development is that a fellow named Joe Hunt, who owns a few other MCDs (medicinal cannabis dispensaries, duh) in the city, wants to open one at 350 Divis. In an effort to be a good neighbor, Hunt held an open house in the space on June 2nd, inviting neighbors and merchants to come learn about his plans and voice their concerns. The Square, a new Alamo Square-based blog, has a super recap (and video!) of the event. But somethin' ain't quite right here.

For one thing, at one point last year, Hunt was supposedly going to turn the space into a boxing gym. He even had a named picked for it -- "Student of the Game," and received a grant and agreement from the Mayor's office to move forward with building out the new facade. But according to The Square, Hunt now says that:
...he never wanted to open a gym at that location and that it was simply a plan B in case the dispensary didn’t work out. "The backup plan is just something I threw out there to make them a little more comfortable with the rent, but it’s not viable," Hunt said.
Needless to say, some residents felt a little bamboozled by this. Meanwhile, multiple neighborhood associations with impressive acronyms (ASNA, NOPNA, DMA, and our very own LoHaMNA), came together in opposition to the plan. Their concerns?
  • MCDs bring increased crime and gang activity
  • There are already several MCDs within a few blocks (including here, here, here, and here)
  • It would be within a 1000-foot radius of several schools, which is a no-no.
On June 9th, the San Francisco Board of Appeals had a hearing at which an additional concern was discussed-- namely that Hunt was trying to take over the previous dispensary's permit, which had expired. The Board ultimately determined that Hunt's MCD can't be grandfathered into the space via the old dispensary's permit, and needs to go through the permitting process from scratch. So the next day, Hunt filed for a permit. And that's where it stands now -- waiting for the permitting process to move forward. No doubt there will be more opportunities for public comment, but for now, the space remains in limbo. We'll keep you posted. Got anything else you'd like us to explain? Let us know.
About 6 hours ago
San Francisco Embarcadero Financial District

‘Nash Bridges’ reboot movie shoot electrifying the Financial District

The old combination of Don Johnson and Cheech Marin is bringing new life to downtown San Francisco, in the form of gunshots and exploding cars for the “Nash Bridges” made-for-TV movie. Read More

About 6 hours ago
San Francisco

Bay Area restaurants will hold 'Dining for India' fundraiser to raise funds for India COVID-19 relief efforts

In light of India’s catastrophic second Covid-19 wave, ten local Indian eateries have partnered together to donate 50% of their sales on May 25 toward COVID-19 response efforts in India. Read More

About 6 hours ago
San Francisco

California is set to rescind mask mandates next month, but Bay Area counties likely to sort out their own new rules

With California less than a month away from its "full-reopening" on June 15, and after the Centers for Disease Control rescinded its mask mandate last week, it's still not clear what a mostly vaccinated, maskless, post-pandemic Bay Area will look like. Read More

May 14, 2021
San Francisco Embarcadero Fisherman's Wharf

Watch: The F-Line ‘Boat Tram’ returns with ribbon-cutting celebration

The Blackpool Boat Tram popularly known as “Boat Boi” returned to the rails Friday, in advance of this weekend’s reopening of Muni Metro service and stations. Read More