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District News in Recent Months
Bowes Center Opened
With Yo-Yo Ma Concert

A performance by Yo-Yo Ma marked the official opening of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Bowes Center, a building the SF Chronicle says "embodies Civic Center in the here and now - both its aspirations and its realities..." The Bowes Center will fully open to the public February 12, 2022 with an Open House event.
The Curtain Rose at Madrigal
A new cocktail bar for those pre and post theater show drinks and bites, Madrigal (in the old Corridor space at 100 Van Ness) opened in December, and the owners hope, according to the SF Chronicle "Given its proximity to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the SFJazz Center and San Francisco Symphony, ... Madrigal will become a pre and post-show destination — and [the owners] are betting on the economic recovery in this part of the city."
Development & Streetscape News
Van Ness Nears Completion
"The bus lanes are paved in red concrete like a red arrow through the heart of the City’s widest boulevard. Trees are being planted, landscaping is going in. Within months there will be a new Van Ness Avenue," according to an article in the SF Chronicle. Also noted, along with the improvements to the street, the new housing in 'The Hub' will also have a positive impact on Van Ness's future: "When the project is done, it will change how people think about living on Van Ness Avenue... There will be a new energy there.'”
Better Market Street Work Begins Soon
Improvement work on Market Street is finally set to commence Quarter 2, 2022. Phase I work will take place between 5th and 8th Streets benefitting our District between UN Plaza and the Orpheum Theatre.

The Better Market Street Project team would like to hear from adjacent businesses interested to participate with the Business Working Group. Participants will be kept up to date on the scope of work, inform construction mitigation efforts and help share progress with fellow stakeholders.

Contact the Business Working Group
New Infill Project Approved
A seven-story building at 159 Fell (old Bruce Automotive site, adjacent to Rickshaw Stop), was approved and, according to Socketsite, "is slated to yield 24 residential units, a mix of 14 one-bedrooms and 10 twos and over 1,965 sf of ground floor retail space fronting Fell and Hickory."
Assembly Cafe & Beer Garden Open in Civic Center Plaza
Food, drink and yes of course the soft-serve are back in the Plaza at Assembly Cafe and Beer Garden 52 Grove; in addition to focusing on San Francisco made brands, the cafe has an expanded outdoor dining area and beer garden; look for pop up chefs in the weeks to come and special events. (St. Patrick's Day is Thursday, March 16). Busy area workers will enjoy mobile ordering and a wide array of grab-and-go options.
Events & Programs
Tree Lighting Brought Beauty and Joy to Civic Center Plaza
It was wonderful to see the public return to the Tree Lighting this year, and childrens' faces light up as Santa arrived and it began to 'snow'. Thanks to everyone who turned out for the annual event, and those who made it possible, especially Artistic Director Nick Olivero, and event production superstars - Off the Grid; the Mayor's Office; the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department; Another Planet Entertainment; San Francisco Police Foundation; SF Etsy; the San Francisco Public Library; Annie's Hot Dogs; Best Beverage Catering; and of course all the extraordinary performers! Images from the event can be found on CCCBD's Flickr page.

*All images by photographer Dirk Wyse.
Pop Up Concerts
December also brought CCCBD's Holiday Fanfare concerts to District sidewalks. Thank you to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and students for the festive sounds which greeted our performing arts venue patrons throughout the season.
Lots Still Happening in
Civic Center!
The holiday season may be over, but there's still lots to do in Civic Center! The weekly Zumba and Bollywood fitness classes continue in Civic Center Plaza, as do the weekly Wednesday Step Sales at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. Also, don't miss the Asian Art Museum's Lunar New Year events! See what's happening now on our events calendar.

If you are a District business or organization with an upcoming event and would like it included on our site, please email us:
CBD Clean & Safe Services: QTR 4 - 2021
City Updates and Information
First Year Free for New Businesses
This program supports San Francisco small businesses as the City recovers from the pandemic by waiving the cost of: registration fees, initial license fees, first-year permits, and other applicable fees for qualifying businesses. Visit:
Tenderloin State of Emergency & Linkage Center
The Mayor’s declaration of a local State of Emergency in the Tenderloin has brought additional public health and safety resources to the Tenderloin and surrounding areas, including Mid Market and Civic Center. A component of the emergency order includes a temporary Linkage Center in United Nations Plaza which is linking people to services and care.
Shared Space Program Manual and Reimbursement Grants
Always stay on top of the City's outdoor operating requirements using the Shared Space Program Manual; and $2,500 reimbursement grants are available to help offset your enhancement costs. The deadline to apply is February 28.
Annual Facade Inspections
Mandatory facade inspections are critical to avoid deteriorating building elements falling onto streets and sidewalks. To learn about the City's program and avoid penalties for late inspections visit:
Become a Supplier for the City
See these helpful links from the City Administrator's Office to get started and be successful.  
Commercial Vacancy Tax
Use the map here to see if your vacant commercial retail space will be subject to the vacancy tax . 
CCCBD Advocacy Updates
CCCBD continues to work with other groups in the vicinity to help make sure CCCBD stakeholders’ interests are kept in mind while other critical local issues are being addressed. For a comprehensive list of issues CCCBD is working on click here.
Don't forget to shop and dine locally this Valentine's Day.