Coit Tower News - January 2014

 

  COIT TOWER NEWS – January 2014

 

PROGRESS ON COIT TOWER RENOVATION PROJECT

Two months after the closure of Coit Tower for the largest comprehensive series of repairs and conservation in its history, the project appears to be proceeding as planned and is reportedly on schedule for completion in mid-April, with mural restoration and conservation planned to continue through the spring.   Scaffolding that surrounded the top of Coit Tower was taken down this week and much of the exterior cleaning and repairs are complete. 

The SF Recreation and Park Department has posted photos of the exterior and interior repair work at a new blog created to follow the Coit Tower renovation project.  You can view it here:  http://sfrecpark.org/coit-tower-rehab-project-progress/

The $1.7 million Coit Tower repair and restoration project includes urgent repairs of cracks in the exterior walls near the top of Coit Tower, door and window replacement to reduce water leakage, lead paint abatement, upgrades to mechanical, plumbing and building systems, upgrades to exterior lighting, modification of guardrails and handrails, new accessibility and educational signage, and new barriers to protect the 27 historic New-Deal era murals and paintings inside Coit Tower.

 

PRIVATE PARTIES DROPPED FROM NEW COIT TOWER CONCESSION LEASE TO BE VOTED ON BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NEXT MONTH

Following the mandate of the Coit Tower Preservation Policy ballot initiative approved by San Francisco voters in June 2012, the SF Recreation and Park Department has dropped its plans to require the proposed new Coit Tower gift-shop operator to begin renting Coit Tower out for private parties every month that would have excluded the public and put the historic murals at risk.  Instead, the proposed new five-year lease to allow Terry Grimm and Coit Tower LLC to manage the day-to-day operation of Coit Tower includes a provision prohibiting all after-hours private events at Coit Tower that would exclude the public. 

This is a big victory for the preservation of Coit Tower as the gift to every San Franciscan that Lillie Hitchcock Coit wanted it to be.  A special thanks goes to Adam Gottstein, grandson of Coit Tower muralist Bernard Zakheim, who learned about a secret candlelight private party held near the murals and sounded the alarm about the dangers that this posed to his grandfather’s art and the fragile murals.  Read more here:  http://blog.sfgate.com/cityinsider/2012/03/14/dinner-party-in-coit-tower-endangered-murals-artists-grandson-says/

The Board of Supervisors will be holding a public hearing to consider the proposed new Coit Tower Concession Lease with Terry Grimm and Coit Tower, LLC at the Budget and Finance Committee on Wednesday, February 5 at 10:30 AM in SF City Hall, Room 250.  If the Budget Committee approves the lease, the full Board will consider it on Tuesday, February 11. 

Read the SF Chronicle story about the proposed new Coit Tower lease by clicking here:  http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Big-changes-in-store-for-Coit-Tower-after-5166970.php

Read a copy of the proposed new Coit Tower lease by clicking here:

http://sfrecpark.org/wp-content/uploads/Item-12-Coit-Tower-Lease-Approval-Staff-and-Attachments-012314.pdf

Read the letter from Protect Coit Tower about the proposed new lease by clicking here:  http://tinyurl.com/ptdkmjc

 

 

 

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