Fight over construction parking comes to City Hall

By Lizzie Johnson : sfchronicle – excerpt

Construction-only parking outside a building on Sacramento Street has frustrated neighbors for 15 years.

The brown wood shake building at the corner of Sacramento and Laurel streets hasn’t had many renovations in recent years. But that hasn’t stopped its owner from taking out multiple street parking permits.

In the past 15 years, the owner of the Goldberry Building in Presidio Heights has applied for and received at least 20 city construction parking permits. Yet little construction has been completed on the property since March 2000, records show. Plans to create a single-dwelling unit on the third floor and a garage have moved at a glacial pace, and multiple permits for the project have expired, city records show.

Meanwhile, the building owner and a contractor, Presidio Heights Restoration, have exploited a city loophole to use those parking spaces for their personal use, a half-dozen neighbors and city officials say. That’s because there are no limits to renewing the parking permits as long as construction is ongoing — even if it takes more than 15 years. Calls by The Chronicle to both building owner Margaret Rogerson and Presidio Heights Restoration were not returned.

Under new legislation pushed by Supervisor Mark Farrell, which the Board of Supervisors will take up next month, limits would be placed on renewing parking permits at the same address within a three-year period. It also gives officials more authority to deny permit renewals if a resident appears to be taking advantage of the system. If the legislation gets the majority vote, it would go into effect in about 10 weeks — and apply retroactively to the Presidio Heights property… (more)

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