San Francisco Community Land Trust
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Help us preserve the legacy of a very special place in San Francisco - "Pigeon Palace" - a beautiful Victorian home.
Residents of "Pigeon Palace" scored a huge victory today when the Community Land Trust won the $3.28 million auction for the property on June 17, 2015.
"Pigeon Palace" is the home to long-term Mission residents: artists, activists, health care workers, and micro business owners, engaged in local queer and activist cultures for over 40 years.
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San Francisco Community Land Trust is holding a free Workshop!
Subject: Intro to Community Land Trusts and Cooperatives
Location: San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street - Martin Paley Room
Date and Time: June23rd, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
This is not a library sponsored event.
Early last year, the 15 tenants of a two-story Victorian in San Francisco’s Mission District thought they would face an Ellis Act eviction. The real-estate market was hot, and their landlord wanted to sell.
But with the help of the San Francisco Community Land Trust and their landlord, they were able to purchase the building. Now, the land trust is helping the residents convert the property into a co-operative.
The 14-bedroom blue-and-white house on 23rd Street is affectionately known as the “Merry-Go-Round House.” The 114-year-old building was an international travel hostel for almost 30 years before BSGS Guesthouse purchased it in 2006, at the height of the housing bubble.
“When we bought it, we immediately changed the purpose from a travelers’ hostel into renting rooms, one by one, hoping that [a] community would develop.” says Brian Streiffer, former managing member of the BSGS Guesthouse and the primary owner of the house before he sold it in May.
A community of artists and creative types did develop. Praveen Sinha is the only tech worker in the house, and he loves his living situation.
“We just all felt that this house has had such a long history, first this international youth hostel and then this artists’ house, that we want to just preserve it,” Sinha says.