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of planning for all the various programming we need to fit into this space to meet community needs, it was clear we would need a third floor,� said Loduca. “We are looking at more group counseling rooms for mental health and substance abuse services.� The price tag has also been elevated to an estimated cost of $8 million to $10 million. Initially, the foundation had pegged the cost at roughly $7.9 million. This week the foundation announced it had hired Randy Hyde as director of the campaign for health and wellness. Hyde, an out gay man who started May 1, will oversee the fundraising drive to pay for construction of the health center as well as the ongoing costs to operate it. SFAF declined to disclose Hyde’s salary. He had been director of development at 826 Valencia, a local nonprofit aimed at fostering writing skills in students age 6 to 18. He has experience spearheading major fundraising drives for several local institutions. As campaign director at SFMOMA, Hyde oversaw the capital campaign to raise $555 million for the modern arts museum’s new building. He also oversaw the campaign that raised

ect, which focuses on HIV prevention, will also be housed at the new site. The health center is expected to have a new name, and foundation officials are currently interviewing “a handful� of applicants to be the executive director of the new facility, said James Loduca, SFAF’s vice president for philanthropy and public affairs. Foundation officials began meeting with neighborhood groups this week to update them on the health center proposal. The plan calls for creating a lobby area with a fireplace fronting the street but the exact design and floor plan is still being worked out. “Everything is still very conceptual,� said Loduca. “We are taking concepts to the community to share with them and get feedback.� Loduca expressed confidence that the project and the necessary zoning change would attract support. “These are three very popular programs that already exist in the Castro in separate locations and are so popular, that in fact, there are of-

lans to construct a nearly 15,000 square foot gay men’s health center in the heart of the Castro is triggering the need for a zoning change in the city’s LGBT district. Last October the San Francisco AIDS Foundation announced it had leased the building at 474 Castro Street in order to combine three of its programs into one location and expand its services ranging from HIV testing to substance use counseling. It turns out that current planning rules govCourtesy SFAF erning the Castro busiRandy Hyde will lead the funness district restrict any draising campaign for SFAF’s single nonresidential new Castro health center. use from exceeding 4,000 square feet. Unless the prohibition ten lines out the door every mornis changed, the health ing for people waiting to get services center would be dead on arrival at from Magnet or Stonewall,â€? said the planning commission. Loduca. “The message we have reTo help facilitate the planning received from the community is clear view, gay District 8 Supervisor Scott that we not only want these services, Wiener has introduced a zoning we want more of them.â€? text amendment that would allow a Due to the planned addition, the nonprofit to apply for a conditional renovated building is now slated to use permit to occupy a single propbe 14,870 square feet and 43 feet tall. erty exceeding 4,000 square feet in “Once we initiated the process the Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District. The planning commission is set to vote on it at its Thursday, June 13 meeting when the oversight body will also hold a hearing on the project itself. In addition to requesting a conditional use permit, foundation officials are seeking permission to add a 3,600 square foot, one-story (8 foot high) addition to the building, formerly home to Superstar Video on the ground floor and a number of health offices upstairs. “It is zoned for retail. What they are proposing is not retail, it is a medical services health care clinic,â€? said Wiener. “Technically, that is not allowed under the Castro Street NCD zoning. The legislation I am proposing would allow for this use.â€? The current rules were instituted so that office-type uses would not crowd out retailers along Castro Street, explained Wiener. Yet a health center such as the one proposed by the AIDS foundation is an “appropriate useâ€? of a Castro storefront, he added. “You want to have active street frontage and uses so that is why we want to have retail. There are some uses, such as the one that the AIDS foundation is proposing, that are in every way as active as retail,â€? said Wiener. “In some ways this is going to be more active. ... It will bring more foot traffic to Castro Street and help surrounding businesses.â€? It is the second time Wiener has sought zoning revisions in the Castro that would benefit specific locations. At its May 7 meeting the • Dual Diagnosis Board of Supervisors is set to finalize planning code changes sought by Fitness SF, which wants to add • Relapse Prevention housing and more gym space, and Cafe Flore, which is seeking to legalize an off-site kitchen. • Family Program As previously reported by the William J. Hanna, Psy.D., William J. Hanna, Psy.D., Clinical Director Bay Area Reporter, the AIDS founWilliam J. Hanna, Psy.D., Clinical Director Clinical Director • Doctorate Level dation has long wanted toI secure a William J. 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a $125 million endowment for the San Francisco Symphony. That track record makes Hyde the “superb choice� to lead the fundraising campaign for the health center, stated SFAF CEO Neil Giuliano.t Web Extra: For more queer political news, be sure to check http:// www.ebar.com Monday mornings at noon for Political Notes, the notebook’s online companion. This week’s column reported on doubts over the fate of a condo conversion measure in SF. Keep abreast of the latest LGBT political news by following the Political Notebook on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/politicalnotes. Got a tip on LGBT politics? Call Matthew S. Bajko at (415) 8615019 or e-mail mailto:m.bajko@ ebar.com.

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May 2, 2013 Edition of the Bay Area Reporter  

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May 2, 2013 Edition of the Bay Area Reporter  

The undisputed newspaper of record for the San Francisco Bay Area LGBT community and the oldest continuously-published gay newspaper in the...