Month: July 2019

Senior Housing on Shotwell Brings Foes Together

first_img Tags: Affordable Housing • meda • real estate • seniors Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% It was a rare moment of accord at City Hall on Thursday, as activists frequently on opposite sides of San Francisco’s housing wars buried their hatchets to jointly support a Mission District affordable housing project contested by its neighbors.The project went before the Planning Commission to seek a height bonus, which would allow it to go to 85 feet in a lot zoned for 65 feet.Neighbors say that at nine stories, the 94-unit senior housing at 1296 Shotwell St. near 26th Street would be too tall and dense, robbing sunlight and causing congestion in a residential area.“We support low income senior housing at 1296 Shotwell Street,” said Craig Weber, a nearby homeowner who has led opposition to the project for months. “It’s too tall, has no parking, and puts high density on a residential street. You need to consider that, please.” Mission District activists supporting the project, who often fight market-rate housing in the neighborhood but support affordable housing, brought dozens of seniors to speak before the commission. “I don’t have anywhere to live, I’m living with my eldest son in the living room,” said Maria Consuelo, who said she is “in the way” of her son’s life and needs a place of her own. “That’s why I’m here, because I need housing. We need you to help us.”A dozen monolingual Spanish-speaking elders addressed the commission, through a translator and often through tears.Some said they were homeless and had spent 10 years applying for housing. Others that they were evicted and needed a room, or disabled and needed a room, or poor and needed a room.“I’m supporting this project for a lot of people who don’t have anywhere to live,” said Maria Flores, who lives at the Bethany Center on Capp Street but spoke for the homeless in the “cold and the rain” who could use the rooms. “San Francisco would be a beautiful city if it had buildings for all these people.”But the activists also had allies in the YIMBYs – yes-in-my-back-yard activists – who support the production of all housing. They testified in support of the senior housing project alongside those they often clash with.“This is a great idea for a project, all of these people who will live in it need housing, definitely,” said Sonja Trauss, the founder of the pro-development Bay Area Renters Federation, known as BARF, and also part of the YIMBY Party.“I’m obviously in support of this project, more housing that’s great,” said Laura Clark, the leader of Grow SF, which is also allied with the YIMBY Party.Dairo Romero, a community planning manager with the Mission Economic Development Agency, one of the project developers, noted the irony. He and others often come before the Planning Commission to kill or delay new housing, he said, but had switched roles.“Most of the time we are against something. This is actually only the second time I’ve been here in support of something,” he said. “But we brought our people out here today because we are in support of something — we want more affordable housing for our seniors.”At 85 feet, the nine-story building would be a stand-out in an area of mostly single-family homes. Its development team, the Mission Economic Development Agency and the Chinatown Community Development Center, have since May held meetings with residents concerned about their lost views and neighborhood character.The site of the planned affordable senior housing at 1296 Shotwell Street. Photo by Sonner Kehrt.The extra height request on Thursday passed unanimously, however, and likely would have without the mass show of support. Commissioners praised the building’s design and said the neighborhood needed housing.“I could not go to sleep tonight voting no on this project,” said Dennis Richards, the vice-president of the commission.The 1296 Shotwell project will have 93 studios and one-bedrooms — and one two-bedroom for a property manager. It will be  for seniors making up to 50 percent of area median income, or $37,700 for a single person household. A fifth of the units would be reserved for formerly homeless seniors making up to $15,100 a year, and the site will have no parking in accordance with the city’s transit oriented development strategy.It is one of seven fully affordable housing projects that will come to the Mission District in the next five years, bringing in some 750 below-market-rate units. It is just one of two such buildings south of 19th Street — the rest are clustered near 16th and Mission streets and one is on Bryant Street. All but one of them will go to 85 feet.Thanks to the recently-passed neighborhood preference legislation, 40 percent of the units in all affordable buildings are reserved for residents living in the supervisorial district of the project site or within areas undergoing gentrification or displacement.The influx of tall buildings was worrisome to at least one speaker, who said its senior residents would make parking more difficult in an area awash with dense development.“We have enough big buildings,” said Connie Weber, the mother of Craig Weber, who said she has lived on Shotwell Street for 85 years. She and her son were the only two to speak against the project, though they have been joined by other neighbors in past meetings. City staff said they received almost 400 letters in support of the project, but only four against it. The majority of the hearing was taken up by the largely senior audience that came to speak for housing meant for them. Marilyn Duran, a community organizer with the non-profit PODER, which conducted outreach for the project, said the approval of the building would help Mission seniors “feel like there’s finally something coming towards them.” “I’m just overjoyed to hear that there’s so many seniors who are excited for this,” she said. “This is really important, this is about people’s lives.”The testimony swayed at least one speaker, who said she was concerned about the height and was against putting seniors in tell, dense buildings — but changed her tune after hearing. “I know I’m the most unpopular person in the room right now, but that isn’t the kind of San Francisco that I think a lot of people want to live in,” she said at first. “I want to say that I’ve changed my mind and I hope the project does go forward.” 1296 Shotwell St. Project Plans by MissionLocal on Scribdcenter_img 0%last_img read more

THE Saints made the long trip to Aldershot to play

first_imgTHE Saints made the long trip to Aldershot to play a very strong Broncos outfit littered with players with first team experience, writes Graham Henthorne.Undeterred the Saints played very well but were unable to hang on at the death – losing 30-22 – after suffering game ending injuries to Jamie Foster and Joe Greenwood just when their experience would have come in handy.The first half was all that Coach Ian Talbot could have wished for. A completion rate of 95 per cent, a game plan that had produced three tries, to Greenwood, Nathan Ashe and Dom Speakman and a team sticking to it.There could and probably should have been more tries in the first period, a statistic that would eventually come back to haunt the Saints as the game drew to a close.The second half started well with the Saints maintaining their advantage despite conceding a try, as Greenwood scored his second from a scrum play this time converted by substitute Ian Cross.As the game moved into the final quarter the Saints were looking comfortable but then the wheels came off.Firstly an unforced handling error in our own 20 gifted a try to the Broncos and then as the restart sailed out on the full we gave them a sniff which they gratefully took. Despite a dubious knock on in the build up the Broncos levelled the scores with a converted try and, having given so much earlier coupled with the depleted interchange, the Saints found it difficult to respond.The Broncos took the lead with a drop goal then as the Saints heads dropped scored a full length try to finally take the game away.Best for the Saints in a losing cause were Adam Swift and Alex Trumper, ably supported by the usual suspects of Jordan Hand, Anthony Walker and Danny Jones.Match Summary:London:Tries: Will Lovell, Omari Caro, Oscar Thomas, Sam Bolger, Shaun Keen.Goals: Oscar Thomas 4.Drop Goals: Oscar Thomas 2.St Helens:Tries: Joe Greenwood 2, Nathan Ashe, Dom Speakman.Goals: Jamie Foster 2, Ian Cross.Half Time: 16-6Full Time: 22-30Teams:London:1. Dan Sarginson; 2. Kieron Dixon, 3. Jamie O’Callaghan, 4. Will Lovell, 5. Omari Caro; 6. Oscar Thomas, 7. Mike Bishay; 8. Erjon Dolapi, 9. Sam Bolger, 10. Olsi Krasniqi, 11. Mike McMeeken, 12. Jack Dillon, 13. Mike Channing. Subs: 14. Shaun Keen, 15. Patrick Mooney, 16. Sam Druce, 17. Angus Peters.Saints:1. Adam Swift; 2. Jaydon Sandford, 4. Alex Trumper, 3. Jamie Foster, 5. Greg Wilde; 6. Nathan Ashe, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Ant Walker, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Jordan Hand, 12. Joe Greenwood, 11. Scott Hale, 13. Danny Jones. Subs: 14. Lewis Foster, 15. Ian Cross, 16. Jordan Case, 17. Aaron McCloskey.last_img read more

Lawmakers investigate GenX discharge hold public hearing

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — GenX has been the big story all summer and it’s getting attention from state lawmakers.The State Environmental Review Commission will meet in Wilmington to discuss its investigation into GenX.- Advertisement – Public officials along with the secretaries of the State Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Human services are invited. It was held at the New Hanover County Government Center.“I felt like, and all of my citizens felt like we were at the battle of Dunkirk. Y’all seen that movie? It’s a popular.. It’s out this summer. History teaches us that for whatever reasons military apparatus left in place left hundreds of thousands of soldiers on the beaches.. Waiting to be devoured by an invading force. That’s what Mayor Saffo and I felt like,” New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White said.“It is 2.5 million dollars in a 23 billion dollar budget that is a rainy day fund, well it is raining in Wilmington,” Local Democratic Representative Deb Butler said.Related Article: Warrants issued for Castle Hayne man wanted in hit and run accidentPrior to the hearing, the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant invited state representatives and public officials to come tour the plant.During the tour, representatives and senators got to see what updates the plant has and is making to continue testing for chemical compounds in the water.Some of them say the fight for clean water is turning into a partisan issue.Pender County’s Chris Millis says it is not for him.So how did we get here with the GenX story? Let’s take a look at the past couple of months.On June 7, the StarNews broke the story of Chemours dumping GenX into the Cape Fear River prompting confusion, concern, and protests all around the Cape Fear.Chemours met with local leaders June 15 to talk about water testing and holding a news conference.On June 22, the DEQ collected testing samples from the river.On June 28, WWAY, the StarNews, and WHQR hosted a forum for you to voice concerns and to have your questions answered by experts and officials. More than 400 people filled UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium that night.Governor Roy Cooper came to the Cape Fear July 24 to talk about preventing Chemours from dumping more of the chemical in the river.last_img read more

Charter school addresses water damage as students return

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  New Hanover County schools will not welcome back students until Thursday, but students attending one charter school in Wilmington returned today.Douglass Academy was damaged in Hurricane Florence.- Advertisement – One person reached out to WWAY, concerned that mold was still present.Spokesman Winston Orzechowski says all wet materials were removed from the building, dehumidifiers were installed, and walls damaged by water were treated and repainted.All New Hanover County schools have been inspected for mold.last_img read more

Center offers overnight stay for families visiting inmates in Columbus prison

first_imgTABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — Having a loved one in prison can be hard on a family. A new place in Columbus County is trying to make things a little easier.The Matthew 25 Center will offer a free night’s stay to those visiting loved ones at the Tabor City Correctional Institution.- Advertisement – “Mercy triumphs over judgment,” Janet Brooks said. “God’s mercy does. It always does. That’s what we want to give to the people that come here, is not judgment in any way, but just to say we love you.”In her years of volunteering in various inner cities and prison, Brooks has seen the turmoil families go through when a loved one is in prison.“A person going to prison just rips a family apart,” she said. “So to give them some hope and some peace is what we want. We want them to be able to come here and just get away from perhaps an environment that’s not healthy.”Related Article: Two babies, child inside Tabor City home during shootingThat place, Brooks says, is the Matthew 25 Center. She and her husband built the center with the help of donations and volunteers on Swamp Fox Highway for families who are visiting an inmate at nearby Tabor City Correctional Institution.A stay at the center is all free of cost, thanks to the help of organizations around the region.“The church saw it as an opportunity,” Burnett Coleman said. “A mission opportunity that is right at their door. They felt like this would be a good way to help provide a ministry.”Coleman helped get things with Matthew 25 up and running. He says his church, Tabor City Baptist Church, donated money to the cause.Why Matthew 25?“Matthew 25 is a passage in the Bible where Jesus talks about, “If you’ve done it to the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me,” Brooks said. “So he says if you go into prison, like you go into prison and you visited me.”Brooks says they don’t want people to be ashamed for having family in prison. Through the center, she wants them to find hope.The official ribbon cutting is April 27, but Brooks wants people to know that they’ll welcome people as early as this week.There is a Matthew 25 also located in Burgaw.last_img read more

Missing Two teenage girls from Pender County

first_imgArmeia Dereef (left), Ashlen Bradsher (right) (Photo: Pender County Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY (WWAY)– The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating two teen girls.Armeia Dereef, 17, and Ashlen Bradsher, 15, have been missing from their Pender County  home since the Monday morning.- Advertisement – Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts are asked to contact the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 259-1515.last_img read more

Burgaw Dixie Youth Sweetees raising money for trip to World Series

first_imgCCSettingsNo subtitles 00:01 -03:55 03:57 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The Burgaw Dixie Youth Sweetees are pint-sized sluggers who have something big to celebrate.This past weekend, they won the state championship held at Town Creek Park in Leland.- Advertisement – The all-girls team will be headed to Alexandria, Louisiana, on July 26 to participate in the World Series.“This is a group of 5 and 6 year olds that are beasts in cleats and love to play ball,” said Chasity Smith who has 6-year-old twins on the team.“These girls have been practicing so hard to make it this far and we parents, coaches and supporters could not be any prouder,” Smith said.Related Article: Floodwaters unearth casket in Pender CountyParents of the athletes are mobilizing a fundraising campaign to help the 12 families whose kids are involved make the trip to Louisiana.Click here if you would like to donate to the group’s GoFundMe fundraising goal.last_img read more

Ghana MTN extends managed services partnership with Ericsson

first_imgAdvertisement The deal between MTN and Ericsson covers network operations and optimization for an additional year .This announcement marks the extension of the first managed services contract between Ericsson and MTN, originally signed in 2009 in connection to the rollout of MTN’s 3G network in Ghana. Under the extension, Ericsson is responsible for network operations, field maintenance and optimization.Jon Hoffmann is the   Chief Technical officer of MTN Ghana. He explains why Ericsson got the deal again this year. “Our first two years together achieved the results we were hoping for: we could focus on subscriber growth, and Ericsson delivered network reliability and efficiencies.” – Advertisement – MTN will retain full ownership of the network and responsibility for its strategic direction, while Ericsson will manage the network operations, optimization and field maintenance for MTN’s 3G sites.MTN and Ericsson have collaborated in many areas across this and other regions for several years now.Elated by the renewal of the deal was Valter D’Avino the head of Managed Services Ericsson had this to say:“With Ericsson continuing to run the operations of the network, MTN will be able to dedicate even more time and focus on delivering innovative products and services relevant to the needs of their customers.”Globally Ericsson has signed more than 300 managed services contracts in more than 100 countries. Ericsson manages networks on behalf of operators that serve over 850 million subscribers worldwide.last_img read more

The Pirate Bay goes down again attempting to redirect to Mobile Bay

first_imgAdvertisement Popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay has gone down again and users who were redirected to its mobile site have also discovered that it not working too.The outage is most likely caused by hosting issues. The Pirate Bay has been struggling to find reliable hosting since it returned late last month.TorrentFreak which discovered the outage said it was unclear what was causing the latest downtime, whether the torrent site was having technical problems or whether it was planning to change hosts. – Advertisement – The Pirate Bay returned in late January just a few weeks after police in Stockholm, Sweden raided its data center, seized its servers, and took it offline.Via VentureBeatlast_img read more