LGBT Center moves closer to becoming dining destination 

A proposal to allow restaurants and other commercial ventures to open up inside San Francisco’s LGBT Center was supported Thursday by the Planning Commission.

The LGBT Center opened in 2002 at Market Street and Octavia Boulevard, where community organizations provide financial, employment and health counseling, and other services.

But the center runs at a loss of more than $200,000 a year, officials said during a hearing Thursday, prompting them to propose leasing out some of the space to retailers or eateries.

The center is not zoned for commercial activity, meaning the land must be rezoned before new tenants could be secured.

Legislation to rezone the land that was authored by Supervisor Bevan Dufty, whose Castro-based district includes the center, was unanimously endorsed Thursday by Planning Commissioners.

The legislation will next be discussed during a Board of Supervisors’ Land Use & Economic Development Committee hearing. It would need to be approved by the full Board of Supervisors to take effect.

Mayor Gavin Newsom recently ruled out a San Francisco-funded bailout for the center because the money is not available.


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