At this month's membership meeting, Nick Paquariello will show his video documentary on the history and architecture of one of the largest privately-owned rental/tenant communities in the City and
across the country, Parkmerced.
As described by Wikipedia: Parkmerced is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California, designed by architect Leonard Schultze and landscape architect Thomas Dolliver Church in the early 1940s. Parkmerced is the second-largest single-owner neighborhood of apartment blocks west of the Mississippi River after Park La Brea in Los Angeles.
It was a planned neighborhood of high-rise apartment towers and low-rise garden apartments in southwestern San Francisco for middle-income tenants. It contains 3,221 residences (after sale of five blocks to San Francisco State University (SFSU)) and over 9,000 residents, and is one of four remaining privately owned large-scale garden apartment complexes in the United States.
The complex is located south of SFSU, west of 19th Avenue, and east of Lake Merced and the Harding Park Golf Club. The far western boundary of the neighborhood extends to Lake Merced Boulevard, and the neighborhood is popular with students and faculty at San Francisco State University because of its proximity.
The property was purchased in October 2005 for approximately $687,000,000 by a joint venture between Stellar Management and Rockpoint Group from a JP Morgan Chase and Carmel Partners joint venture entity.
Parkmerced has been home to thousands of residents and is now slated for dramatic renovation that may leave thousands of renters evicted or forced to leave with no relief or replacement within the City.
In 2011, it was hotly protested by residents when detrimental amendments to a City contract with Parkemerced were claimed to be unlawfully inserted by Supervisors and found to be in violation of state California meetings laws by the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force (SOTF). The contract was approved by the Board of Supervisors with the amendments nonetheless, to the chagrin of the residents. This led to no reappointments of any sitting members of the SOTF the following year.
Nick's video presents some beautiful and interesting views of the buildings, designs, environs and the rich, close-knit community; home to many from garden apartments to duplexes to high-rises, that is, Parkmerced.
Join us on Thursday, February 9th, 7:00 pm, at Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street. There will be a Q&A with the filmmaker after the presentation.