Haight Street Market expansion approved 

After hearing support from dozens of supporters and a handful of detractors, the Planning Commission last night approved a bid by the Haight Street Market to double its size by expanding into a neighboring lot.

The Haight Street Market, located on Haight between Ashbury and Clayton Streets, will expand into the neighboring Massawa Restaurant, and will also expand into the rear lot. The changes will more than double the size of the natural foods store from about 3,400 square feet to about 8,000 square feet, said City Planner Glenn Cabreros.
He said that the Haight Street Market plans to help Massawa find a new location and has promised to put the restaurant’s employees on their payroll if a new space can’t be found before the expansion begins.

Several dozen people showed up to show support for the plan, while a handful still opposed it, Cabreros said. He said the opponents were neighbors who did not want to see the store expand into the vacant space behind the restaurant. He said representatives of Whole Foods, which is renovating the old Cala Foods on Haight and Stanyan streets, also voiced opposition, asking the Planning Commission to require the same limitations of the Haight Street Market as they had of Whole Foods.

In the end, the Planning Commission ruled unanimously in favor of the expansion, Cabreros said.

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