The Fillmore's St. John Coltrane Church is facing a high rent increase, which could force it to seek an alternative location. KQED reports that the West Bay Conference Center, which owns the church's space at 1286 Fillmore, wants to double the rent.
In response, the church's ministry has started a Change.org petition, which, as of today, has 715 signatures.
This isn't the first time the Coltrane Church, founded in 1969 as “the oldest and only church born out of the music of John Coltrane,” has had to relocate due to a rent hike. For 29 years, it was located on Divisadero Street, until a steep rent hike forced the church into its current space on Fillmore.