New Affordable Senior Housing at 5600 Third

The BMA has been hard at work recently preparing for the 2010 Bayview Merchant Retreat next Monday, September 27th,  but there have been a number of important pieces of information that have passed our desk that we are taking some time today to blog about.

The first is the opportunity to own one of 116 new, affordable apartments on Third Street in a beautiful new apartment complex built by non-profit developer, BRIDGE Housing Corporation.  Details from the promotional flier:

San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Certificate of Preference Holders from Hunter’s Point and Western Addition receive first priority on renting of these units. Certificate of Preference holders are primarily households displaced by Agency action in Redevelopment Project Areas during the 1960’s and 1970’s, but may also include other persons displaced by Agency action.  San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Certificate of Preference Hotline: 415-749-2432.

Applications are accepted until Friday, October 1st, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

To receive an application, stop by 5600 Third’s leasing office at 5600 3rd Street in San Francisco or call the number below to have an application mailed to you.

Leasing Phone: (415) 822-1260
Leasing Office: 5600 Third Street, San Francisco CA 94124
Office Hours: M-F, 9am to 4pm


BMAGIC Backpack Giveaway Coming Up On August 14th @ Bayview Opera House

The annual BMAGIC Backpack Giveaway is coming up this August 14th, from 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Bayview Opera House (4705 Third Street at Newcomb Avenue).  In addition to a variety of fun activities for event attendees to enjoy, the Backpack Giveaway offers free backpacks and school supplies to neighborhood students heading into any grade between Kindergarten – 12th.   If you are a student or the parent of a student, don’t miss this opportunity! For more information, call (415) 558-2488 or visit BMAGIC’s website at See event details on the flier below.

July 27th BMA Meeting Agenda Now Available

This coming Tuesday, the BMA’s July meeting will be held at Auntie April’s on Third and McKinnon. We will be talking about a whole bunch of issues including contracting opportunities for local contractors, affordable housing on Third Street, a Third Street beautification project, and a local merchant-run energy savings program, among others.  Please see the below flier for further details.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

Third Street Stakeholder’s Meeting THIS THURSDAY @ Southeast Community Center

This Thursday, July 22nd, at 10:00am in the Alex Pitcher Community Room at the Southeast Community Center (1800 Oakdale Avenue), the Third Street Stakeholder’s Committee will be convening for the first time under the new leadership of Third Street Corridor Manager James Moore to discuss all things Third Street.

The upcoming meeting will specifically address upcoming events including National Night Out Against Crime (on August 3rd) and next year’s Bayview Music Festival (sometime in May), as well as a Third Street marketing campaign that will include T-shirts and banners that will be installed along the corridor.

If you are interested in the vitality of the Bayview’s main commercial street, please join the Committee by showing up on Thursday morning!  It is a great opportunity to be involved in your community and to get your voice heard on issues affecting the neighborhood.

For more information, please contact Third Street Corridor Manager James Moore at (415) 647-3728 x411 or via email at

BMA Monthly Meeting @ Auntie April’s Soul Food

Everyone mark your calendars for July 27th at 6:00pm when the BMA will be having its monthly meeting at none other than award-winning Auntie April’s Soul Food at 4618 Third Street (between McKinnon and Newcomb).  April will be catering, so bring your appetites!  Look out for the meeting agenda, which will be posted sometime next week…

Project Homeless Connect in the Bayview this Friday

Once a year, Project Homeless Connect comes to the Bayview to provide a multitude of services to homeless members of the community.  This Friday at the Bayview Playground (next to the MLK pool at Third and Armstrong) between 10:00am – 3:00pm will be this year’s event, called “Bayview Connect.”

Services provided include dental care, food stamps, legal assistance, medical aid, shelter, housing information veterans services, vision care, and more.  Please see the below flier and Project Homeless Connect’s website for details.

Artsfest 3 THIS SATURDAY @ 3rd & Fairfax

This Saturday, June 5th, from 12pm – 6pm on Fairfax Ave and Third Street in the Bayview, the Art 94124 Gallery is hosting its 3rd Annual “Artsfest,” a community-wide celebration of all things art, and open to the general public.  Please read below for further details and check out their website HERE for even more details on the event including additional event highlights, a schedule of activities, musician line-up, and event sponsors:

The theme of this year’s ARTSFEST is 3! For the 3RD year in a row, 3RD & Fairfax in Bayview-Hunters Point will come alive with MUSIC, ART, and FUN at the 3RD-annual ARTSFEST hosted by ART 94124 on Saturday June 5 from 12pm–5pm.
The goal of the event is 3-fold:

1 | To bring the growing circle of ART 94124 artists, supporters, and Bayview-Hunters Point community residents together to celebrate art.

2 |  To continue to promote ART 94124 as a catalyst for future art exhibits, community projects, and art-related events.

3 | To formally embark on the 3rd year of building the community through art at ART 94124 and the ART 94124 GALLERY.

The fun-filled street fair will feature a great line-up of diverse music, performances, artist booths, art-related vendors and other retailers, info tables from various community groups, art activities for children, a silkscreen demonstration, and chalk drawing, and tasty eats. In the ART 94124 GALLERY will be 3: ART 94124’s Anniversary Benefit Group Exhibit, a benefit exhibit that supports future exhibits and events at ART 94124.

Bayview-based Cyclecide will be joining us again this year—with more rides and wacky bike-inspired merriment!

Missing Teen Thought to be Hiding Out in the Bayview

If anyone has any information about the young women described and picture below, please contact the San Francisco Police Department directly at (415) 553-0123.  The reference case # is 100-265-215.

Frisco Fried Grand Opening TOMORROW – 50% Off Everything!

Friday, February 5th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm at 5176 Third Street (@ Thomas Avenue)

On Friday, February 5th, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, the Bayview-Hunters Point community will welcome its newest addition to the Third Street corridor as it celebrates the grand opening of Frisco Fried – a brand new, locally owned business in the Bayview at the corners of Third Street and Thomas Avenue.  Frisco Fried is the first business of lifelong Bayview resident Marcel Banks and his uncle Gregory Banks.

At the age of 38, Marcel Banks and his uncle began talking about opening a restaurant together in the Bayview district of San Francisco.  But before putting their plans into action, Marcel was sent to prison.  While in prison, Marcel decided to get serious about turning his dream into a reality.

After being released, Marcel and his uncle made their first visit to the Bayview Business Resource Center (now known as the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center – Bayview) where they were walked through the process of how to start a business.  They began taking classes, writing a business plan, and negotiating a lease with a local property owner.  And two years later, they will finally be opening the doors of their restaurant to the public.

The grand opening of Frisco Fried Soul Food Restaurant will take place at its location on the corners of Third Street and Thomas Avenue between 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Friday, February 5th, 2010.  During this time, everything in the restaurant will be half off.  Community leaders, city officials, and other dignitaries will be in attendance throughout the event.  The official ribbon cutting will take place promptly at 3:00pm.


Bayview Merchant Association (BMA), Third Street Corridor Project (TSCP).

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If you’d like more information about this event or to schedule an interview with the business owner or event coordinators, please contact Ben Kaufman at (415) 647-3728 x407 or via email at