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Boards / Committees / Panels
We have participated as panelists and/or board members of the South BayshorePlan; BVHP-PAC; Friends of Islais Creek; Alliance for Clean Waterfront; Eastern Neighborhood Planning; Bayshore Home ImprovementDistrict SUD; Third Street Economic Master Plan; PDR Planning Committee; Bayview Opera House; PUCWastewaterAdvisory; Mendell Plaza Presents; Resilient Bayview;BayviewCAC; eDot; SWAC; SFMarket, etc.
The Bayview Office for Community Planning project was formed as a non-governmental, community-based and independent, professional services effort.
Community review of local land-use policies; scrutiny of plans and project development potential; and the related economic development impacts to the Bayview community are encouraged. BHP flex has provided community outreach and updates while engaging the AEC professionals and related consultants involved with design and development of various projects.
We have challenged developers and individuals who have performed illegal demolitions of buildings or structures in the community; have stopped inappropriate and improper land-use and zoning violations; and have advocated for other projects that support the longer-term planning and approved policies for the area. Our work has resulted in legislative change at the County level, and for modifications to the San Francisco Planning Code.
Our recommendations are forwarded to the San Francisco Planning Commission, the BayviewCAC, OCII, etc. Our work includes coordination and exchange with the District 10 Supervisor’s Office; the San Francisco Planning Department; Board of Permit Appeals; Third Street Planning Group and with numerous other community-based advocacy organizations and the various D10 merchant groups.
We are transparent, thorough , ethical, independent and unpaid. Our opinions are not always popular.
established on 3rd Street in 2000
A BHPflex Bayview Business Alliance effort was developed in order to encourage local stake-holders, business owners, merchant associations and City agencies to 'connect the dots' for economic development in the community. The BBA project is not a membership club, yet is a resource based, asset-mapping and coordination project that recommends connections between the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and various Bayview merchant groups and booster organizations.
The MARKET on THIRD site was provided to kick-off the 2013 iteration of the 'Bayview Kitchen Table Talks', an effort that built upon the food survey, led by Quesada Gardens manager Jeff Betcher, as a project of the Southeast Sector Food Access Working Group in 2007; the first Kitchen Table Talks in 2009; the neighboring Bayview Community Market at All Good Pizza (2012-present); and the decades-long, but fledgling Bayview Farmer's Market projects at various locations in Bayview. It is clear that the lineage of these positive and local efforts can also be traced to the work of SLUG (1983-2006) and the Alemany Farm; the Bayview Community gardens which originated in the 19th c., etc. One must also recognize the pioneering work of Scott Madison and the 'Eclectic Cookery' (1988 -present) operation at the Hunters-Point Shipyard, providing commercial kitchen space to many small-business food entrepreneurs through-out San Francisco. These recent 'Kitchen Table Talk' efforts were prompted by the SFDPH 'Cottage Food Act' of 2013, with the Bayview version delivered by a number of dedicated and generous small-business owners and advocates such as All Good Pizza, Fox and Lion Bread, Earl's Bread, etc. Those efforts, in turn, seeded the Bayview Underground Food Scene and the Bayview POP-UP Marketplace.
PopUp kiosk space was provided via the MARKET on THIRD open storefront. Sponsorship for the initial phase of the Bayview POP-UP Marketplace was purposed to encourage or launch the development of new or expanding small businesses in the food and product industries.
The Bayview Pop-Up Market subsequently moved to various other locations: Bayview Opera House, Pier 70 and beyond.
Several early participants in these multiple efforts now operate as full time businesses in their own storefronts on the Third Street Corridor. Our congratulations to the home cooks, the emerging chefs and to the small business pioneers and gourmands who continue these efforts for healthy and great tasting food along the Third Street corridor and beyond.
Eat Locally... Live longer !
In 2012, we collaborated with neighborhood leaders from Better Bayview, BRITE, the 4800 HOA, along with over four dozen community advocates and stakeholders in a petition campaign in order to establish POP (Planning our Plaza) as a series of convening sessions to shift the emphasis for City involvement in the Bayview Town Center, and to establish the need for public and private collaborations. The catalyst for this effort was the tragic death by stabbing of a neighborhood member in Mendell Plaza in February, 2012.
Mobilizing quickly in conjunction with Supervisor Malia Cohen, the resulting, Mendell Plaza Presents, was launched as a 20-week music series at this challenging urban intersection on Third Street between Oakdale and Palou Avenues, SF. BHP flex helped to organize and manage the initial concert series and stage, along with a second series and final event including a State Senator Mark Leno, Mayor Edwin Lee, Chief of Police Greg Suhr, Supervisor Malia Cohen, BMA President Al Norman, along with other notable leaders on stage and in celebration.
Initial funding for the series was generously provided by the Bayview Merchants Association and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, with all proceeds paid to the performers sound vendors. We were honored to work with other key, 'on the ground' participants and fellow volunteers who made this happen pro-bono, including Better Bayview, the 4800 3rd St. HOA , BRITE, Ann DeJesus, Diego Castellani, Jim Hunger, Janet Novotny, Charles Milton, Sudeep M. Rau, Mike Northcut, art94124, Andre, Antoinette Mobley, the Rev. Charles Grays and Dwayne Charles.
Mendell Plaza Presents generated a series of local and public events including Third on Third, Pop-up Market, Community Tuesdays, Music Thursdays and other efforts which are now supported by City-sponsored granting paid to various non-profits through the San Francisco Art Commission, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, SFPUC,etc.
Produced and edited by BHPflex and LUXBOXstudio, the T-Line is a seasonal brief providing information and commentary on business, development, arts and culture, local history and resources.
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Operating from 1987-1998, BaHu Gallery was a free-space, non-commercial art gallery and installation location in Bayview-Hunters Point (BaHu). BaHu was the second location for the exhibition spaces sponsored by METRAe, originally located in SOMA. The first METRAe show in 1984 featured beat poet Jack Micheline in a below ground, basement workshop. During the METRAe BaHu period, dozens of artists were provided display areas, receptions open to the public, etc. An inaugural show with multi-media artist S. Scott Davis III was curated by artist Dewey Crumpler, whose own work can be seen on the exterior of the Joe Lee Gym in Bayview Town Center. Over the 10 year period, participating artists included: Rene Yung, Susan Hersey, Tony Calkins, William Pattengill, Topher Delany, Jessica Bodner, Jack Freeman, and many others.
"Look! Up There in the Sky! A strip of Highway 280 near Bayshore Boulevard will be attacked by fighter jets at twilight for the next three days, so commuters should plan accordingly. Artist Robert Catalusci's multimedia installation Promotion to Glory, an 18-foot by 23-foot billboard perched on the roof of the Metrae Arts gallery, will broadcast footage of military jets advancing over the industrial landscape toward motorists, accompanied by a synchronized, 500watt soundtrack blaring the whine and roar of powerful engines. This project, meant to evoke the confusion and fear of wartime. Promotion opens with a reception at 8:30 p.m. (and runs from dusk to 11 p.m. through July 4) at Metrae Arts, 2027 Oakdale"
During the event, SFFD and SFPD were called in response to excessive noise complaints. We invited them in to enjoy the show and wrapped things at 1:00am. DBI issued a further complaint for the 400 s.f. billboard construction. The artwork was eventually dismantled and the materials salvaged on our schedule.
Art does not require a permit.
The MARKET building was purchased in 1999 by Bayview homeowners and was, for many years, leased to ArcEcology- an environmental advocacy organization providing monitoring expertise during the clean-up attempts at the Hunters-Point Shipyard.
In 2010, the owners designed, planned and invested in an intimate, urban, indoor marketplace for micro-business vendors on the Third Street Transit and Commercial Corridor in the Bayview District of San Francisco. As a BHPflex project, the MARKET on THIRD was developed between 2011-2013. Vendors of specialty coffee, teas, chocolates, ice-cream, salads, sandwiches or unique gourmet food offerings were approved and permitted as business use within the MARKET. Artisan crafts-makers were also sought for this unique and innovative commercial storefront. The MARKETspace provided an open floor plan of dedicated ‘kiosks’ for use by creative entrepreneurs and/or was used as a shared community table space .
MARKET on THIRD took as inspiration the ‘souks’ of North Africa, the ‘agora’ of ancient Greece, the old ‘French Market’ in New Orleans and the many examples of indoor food and craft-vendor markets – yet at a smaller, contemporary and affordable scale.
From 2012-2016, the Market space (at times, during construction) was used for community meetings, fundraisers, the Pop-up Marketplace, the Resilient Bayview meeting hub, an art gallery space, mural site, food hall, music venue, etc.
The MARKET was eventually leased to two bicycle repair operations, and then served as a professional design office for the owners prior to closure and sale of the building in 2018. The MARKET building now serves as home office to Open Door Legal- Bayview.
The project developers wish to thank the vendors, small business owners, pioneers and innovators who helped to make MARKET on THIRD into a sweet moment in time along the Third Street corridor. Onward, to your continued success !
Since 2011, sponsored annual music performances have occurred
on the Third Street Corridor during the Dogpatch-Bayview
In 2020, MARKETmusic was virtual due to the Covid19 'Listen in Place' requirements.
In early 2013, BHPflex joined efforts with the Neighborhood Empowerment Network as the Bayview Small Business Partner for Resilient Bayview.
Participating as collaborators with the 100 Resilient Cites Project, we were honored to work with local leaders G.L Hodge of Providence Church Foundation and Felisia Thibodeaux of Bayview Senior Services to develop a Bayview Town Center Resiliency Hub.
A small local, community forum held during our formative year included visiting representatives from over 15 countries, all focused on a 'Resilientville exercise. These efforts were structured to serve the Bayview community in times of disaster or stress, but may also establish a consistent model for daily resilience. The Office for Community Planning and BHPflex are working on projects involving 'Economic Resilience' and Business Support.
The Resilient Bayview HUB was re-activated in March, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Mission: To identify and preserve the sites and structures of architectural and historic significance in the Bayview-Hunters Point District, for the benefit of its residents and for the larger San Francisco community.
Founded in 2004.
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After an introduction to Bayview in 1976, while working during a college semester-break, many visits were made to the industrial areas near Yosemite Slough, with other stops along Third Street. There were not many places thriving along the corridor then, as many storefronts were boarded up. A seafood place or two, sandwich shops, liquor stores and banks were open for business. The 15/Kearny bus would take a rider up from Third Street, across Market to Columbus Avenue, to the Cannery location at NorthPoint for twenty-five cents. Islais Creek was not a pleasant backdrop at the time, but the Copra Crane and Nishkian Bridge were attractions. A subsequent move into the neighborhood followed, as a full-time resident in the early 1980's. The wood smoke rising from the brick oven at Everett and Jones BBQ enlivened the air between Revere and Shafter Avenues, and those perfect ribs are retained in palate memory. Things were relatively quiet in the neighborhood unless it was game-day at Candlestick. You could tell that a sporting event was on, as hundreds of unusual cars would descend upon the community, driving through the various neighborhoods with the windows rolled up, people inside wearing red jerseys and searching for places to park. The 49ers were in town. BHP flex (originally just the name on a file folder) was initially formed in 1985 during a street-tree planting operation organized by my (now) wife, in conjunction with Friends of the Urban Forest. Five hundred sidewalk trees were planted in Bayview during this period. On Third Street, The Club Long Island, Sam Jordans and later, the Monte Carlo, defined the nightlife. Out at the Shipyard, the bar at Dago Mary's was active and the three-bean antipasti prepared one for lunch or dinner. We then relocated a business from South of Market to the Bayview neighborhood in 1987, where BERKELEY FARMS, SLUG, SFWD and the JACK HORNER PIE company were neighbors on Oakdale Avenue. The Old Clam House was wobbling on its original foundation, prior to the late 80's re-build. There were stressors. The crack scourge hit Bayview-Hunterspoint hard; gun and gang violence turned deadly; elder financial abuse was on the rise. But the strength and resolve of the families endured, guiding the children and grandchildren to respect the community, to fight for better schools and services and to contribute to the dialog for the future. Many trusted community connections and lasting friendships have developed over the decades, with other valued associations following our participation in neighborhood safety, long-term planning and zoning, community events, etc. Other actions have included economic development planning; small-business alliances; land-use review; art and cultural activities; historic preservation; legislative-related work with three District 10 supervisors spanning more than twenty years; a newsletter, etc. We don't do this by ourselves, and have joined with many individuals in the various neighborhoods over the years. We've learned to pay attention, to respect, and to speak (at times, ad nauseam) in support and advocacy of many things; and in opposition to a few items. Through-out, the process has been one of looking forward while reflecting back.
In the larger context, as relatively new to this community, our work has just begun. We simply follow the example set by the many dedicated and relentless elders, residents, business operators and other advocates with whom we've worked and befriended. Yet we also know some background - a community built by those with a pioneering and courageous spirit that continues to this day. We honor the history of the area: the Ohlone; the Mexican Rancheros; the Scandinavian boat-builders; the Chinese shrimpers; the Maltese and Italian farmers; the French tanners; those who labored in Butchertown and at the Shipyard; the African-American families from the Gulf Coast; the Asian-Pacific Islanders; the newer immigrants, etc. We recognize and learn when honoring the history of labor, both maritime and land-based in Bayview-Hunterspoint; and the history of job loss, disinvestment and marginalization; the question of Redevelopment; the significant environmental challenges, past and present; the sub-standard public education realities; the families who live in poverty. We are informed by the work of historians; of the Big Five; of those who worked on plans. Plans upon plans, from Model Cities to the Bayshore Plan to the Redevelopment Plans to Retail Studies to the many Visionary musings. There are many positive stories that should be reflected in the press and other media, but that often get lost in tension-focused reporting. Stories of thousands of families and tens of thousands of descendants who contribute to the authenticity and genuine kindness displayed by this community. And of countless hundreds of businesses that thrive, quietly and without much recognition. We've seen some boom, a lot of bust, and a new and emerging optimism and willingness to invest time, backbone and money. We look forward to working with the new arrivals participating in the civic life here; to encourage and witness their support of their neighbors and the local businesses; to reinforce the necessity of respecting the history and people of this place - the people who came before us with their own ideas and visions, work and creativity; and to see them write the next positive chapter of Bayview-HuntersPoint.
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pictured above L to R: Bayview Northern Gateway Park; Bayview Library interior court; Candlestick Point Park. pictured right: Wayfinding during Sunday Strees event: Third Street/Cargo Way.