Supes approve Pacific Heights art gallery 

It took some time, but the Board of Supervisors finally got around to voting on an appeal of a permit that allows an art gallery to operate in a residential area of Pacific Heights. And what a turnout -- the hearing went on for more than two hours as people on both sides of the issue testified.

In the end, the Board of Supervisors voted 10-0 Tuesday rejecting the appeal of the permit to allow the gallery to continue operations after changing or clarifying some of the permit’s conditions, such as that there could only be five art gallery events per year and five art shows per year.

For the past five years, the gallery in a Pacific Heights mansion has operated in a residential district, which is considered illegal. In May 2007, the gallery’s operation was brought to The City’s attention.

Property owners Anthony and Celeste Meier have said they did not know they needed a permit for the gallery. They then applied for one and received it from the Planning Commission.

Neighbors, however, weren’t happy about the permission, and the Pacific Heights Residents Association appealed it to the Board of Supervisors. 

The gallery, at 1969 California St., “functions as an exhibit space for contemporary artists that [the owner] represents,” according to a report from the Planning Department. “No cash or credit card sales are accepted on the site. The gallery is open by  appointment only.” The gallery averages between five and 10 visitors per month, the report said.

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