After four years of planning and trial closures, a portion of Annie Street—off Mission between New Montgomery and Third—transformed in late 2014 into a pedestrian plaza fit for sitting and lingering, as well as lunchtime performances, monthly children's carnivals and other regular events.
With Annie Street Plaza's two-year pilot coming to an end this fall, its sponsor, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, has kicked-off a community engagement process to determine what neighbors would like to do with the alley next.
The three options currently on the table:
- Make the pedestrian-only plaza permanent
- Open the plaza to vehicles on weekdays during peak traffic hours only
- Dissolve the plaza and reopen the block to vehicles entirely
Tomorrow, the organization is hosting a second set of community workshops to discuss these three options, share community feedback so far, answer questions and gather additional public comment. Identical sessions will be held from 11:30am-1:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm at 111 Minna to accommodate neighborhood workers and residents.
Those who can't make a meeting tomorrow can vote and submit comments using this survey.
Additional community meetings will be held in August and September, and the CBD plans to present its final proposal for the space in September or October.
For those who missed the first community meeting held last month, the full presentation—including results of a study conducted on the plaza's impact on vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the area—is available here.