New Bowling Alley Faces Resident Opposition on King Street

by Live SoMa

The clock is ticking for the Summer, 2011 Opening of the proposed Lucky Strike Lanes on King Street; yet the location is still completely gutted with no sign of construction (insert sound of chirping crickets here). 

So what’s going on with Lucky Strike Lanes? When I personally spoke to CEO, Steven Foster in the end of January, he seemed pretty confident that they would be moving forward in the not-too-distant future. Apparently that was before he sat down, in depth, with the residents of the Beacon Condominium Building that would surround the property.

The word on King Street is that a number of residents have raised a laundry list of concerns around the plan to open a Bowling Alley that wants to stay open late and liquor-up their customers.

LiveSOMA managed to get a hand on a number of documents (the proposed Floor Plan of Lucky Strike Lanes, which you can view here), including a list of concerns prepared by a resident who recently attended a sit-down meeting with Mr. Foster at the Beacon: (Sorry, the resident in question has contacted me and asked me to remove his statements.)

A couple other residents at the Beacon have confirmed with LiveSOMA that there is a movement to file a formal complaint to the ABC to limit the liquor license to 12 a.m., with a NO ALCOHOL clause specifically assigned to the outdoor patio. 

We actually caught wind of this battle early last week, and waited until today to write about it because we were waiting for a response/rebuttal from Mr. Foster, himself. Unfortunately, his assistant is either bad at relaying the message, or they simply don’t care. From what I have heard though, Lucky Strike feels that the $6+ Million Construction Build-out is not worth the cost and effort if they can’t get a full liquor license, and Mr. Foster has said that without a full liquor license, and the outdoor patio, this deal is off.

I don’t live near 3rd and King, and while I understand the resident concern, I don’t know if blocking this is the best idea for the neighborhood. The folks behind Lucky Strike have definitely done their share of Community Outreach and addressed a number of the concerns from people who live in and around that corner. Let’s also remember that there’s a baseball stadium across the street!

Now, of course baseball games don’t run until 2 a.m., but I would argue that many of the people who attend the evening games at AT&T Park exit the stadium and walk across the street to Pete’s, Pedro’s, O’Neill’s and other bars in that area, so the addition of a new bowling alley (whether their focus is $9 cocktails or not) shouldn’t make that much of an additional impact on the neighborhood. It’s actually a big part of the local economy over there.

The outdoor patio is another issue. Honestly though, we all live here. It’s rare that I would want to sit outside in San Francisco after dark. It gets cold, and since Lucky Strike has claimed that they will not allow smoking in the patio area, there really is no reason to go out there after dark. It would be great before games/on Saturday afternoon though! Just look next door at Amici’s if you want proof that people opt to sit indoors when the sun goes down. 

Ultimately, it’s pretty scary to homeowners when a new business threatens to change their way of life. Especially when said business wants to be open until 2 a.m. in a spot that used to be a quiet book store. But honestly, they’ve addressed noise, security and outdoor patio concerns from what I have seen. My gut instinct is that pretty much any business that could theoretically afford to lease this space at the corner of 3rd and King will be shunned by the local residents.

I’ve heard horror stories from South Beach about the public opposition to AT&T Park when they were talking about building it over there. I don’t hear complaints from anyone over there today! In fact, without that ball park, what would anyone want to hang out over there for? 

Same goes for a bowling alley. It’s just another reason to draw foot traffic to the neighborhood. Sure, it will be different than it is now, but ultimately, will it destroy the value of that neighborhood? I find that hard to believe. But again, I don’t own a condo in the Beacon, so who am I to talk? I do, however, hang out over there on a frequent basis, and I would welcome a new entertainment option with open arms.

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YOU DECIDE…

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Here’s an excerpt from a recent Q & A between Residents and Lucky Strike Lanes: 

Resident Concerns About Lucky Strike Lanes on King Street

1. Patio- With Lucky Strikes having a patio outside and in general having a large crowd until 2AM, the amount of smoke will increase substantially in front of their entrance.  This is a huge concern as our windows open at an angle where the smoke will come into the units above the space.  There are young children living in the building and this is not acceptable.

THERE WILL BE NO SMOKING PERMITTED ON OUR PATIO OR IN FRONT OF OUR VENUE.  THIS WILL BE CONSISTENTLY ENFORCED BY OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM AND SECURITY STAFF.

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2. Security-what happens after 2AM? We have had many incidents of vandalism in our buildings and since this would create more traffic, these incidents will increase.  We have also had tailgaters, people who sneak into the building when someone else enters. 

IN ADDITION TO OUR IN HOUSE SECURITY STAFF WE WILL RETAIN THE HART SF PATROL SPECIAL POLICE FORCE.  PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED LINK FOR A PREVIEW OF THEIR CURRENT SERVICES IN THE COMMUNITY.  http://sfpatrolspecpolice.com/index.html

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3. Noise/Loitering:  Lucky Strikes is applying for a FULL liquor license and will be open until 2AM. This already makes for a noisy night and once the place closes, people tend to loiter outside, drunk and be extremely loud. remember this place will take up the entire side along 3rd Street and be on Townsend and King. Imagine when people are at the game, drinking for 3 hours and then come out of the stadium and go across the street to the bowling alley to drink for 3 more hours.  It doesn’t seem like the something that we should have to deal with for 81 home games.  Plus if Lucky Strikes fails then that liquor license will be grandfathered for the next tenant which could be a nightclub.  The Beacon also has very thin windows which makes noise heard from the street all the way up to the 16th floor.  I can hear things on the 12th floor.  Living at the Beacon, we have heat gain issues where it gets very hot in many units and so we have to keep the windows open for the little circulation that we can get.  When it’s loud outside and you have no choice but to keep your windows open, it becomes impossible to sleep.  Granted this is not Lucky Strikes’ problem that we have thin windows but having a quiet neighbor (ex. Borders) over a noisy neighbor one is more favorable due to the circumstance.

OUR IN HOUSE SECURITY STAFF WILL POLICE THE AREA IN FRONT OF AND AROUND THE BUILDING TO ENSURE NO LOITERING OR BOISTEROUS NOISY BEHAVIOR IS PERMITTED.  WE WILL REINFORCE THIS WITH THE HART SF PATROL SPECIAL POLICE FORCE AS WELL.

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4. Trash/Vandalism:  As witnessed after the World Series win, people can be reckless. Granted the World Series is a special situation but since the win, the games are going to be sold out and crowds are going to be crazy next year!!! Imagine all the drunk, loud fans continuing for 4 more hours in our neighborhood. The sheer increase of patrons at Lucky Strikes will  increase vandalism and trash in our neighborhood. The urination on side of building will be more present. Again, Lucky Strikes doesn’t have a solution for this.

WE WILL WORK WITH OUR STAFF TO ENSURE THE CONSISTENT PATROLLING OF THE AREA TO PREVENT AND DISCOURAGE THESE OCCURRENCES FROM HAPPENING.

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5. Garage:  They want access to the garage that we residents use, we have had many incidents of car thefts and break ins in the garage.  Having the bowling alley have access to garage increases activity in the garage where more people will have access to our cars. Right now we have installed a gate that comes down at midnight.  Since the bowling alley will be open until 2 AM, they will most likely remove the gate thus, diminishing security.  I also haven’t of any update regarding the supposed valet only.

WE WILL WORK TOGETHER WITH THE LANDLORD ON THIS CONCERN WITH THE GOAL BEING TO MITIGATE SECURITY CONCERNS.

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Lucky Strike Lanes Addresses Sound/Noise Concerns

ACOUSTICAL RATINGS 

San Francisco location in plan development with projected construction start date mid/late Spring 2011, opening in September 2011.

The following locations (14 of 20 open or soon to be opened) have significant acoustical considerations such as our San Francisco location:

LS Bellevue with retail tenants below and movie theater above 

LS Chicago with Embassy Suites Hotel/restaurant below and movie theater above

LS Del Amo with restaurant tenant below

LS Denver with retail tenant below

LS Hollywood with retail tenant above

LS Kansas City with restaurant tenants below

LS Lombard with retail tenants above

LS Los Angeles with restaurant tenants below and Club Nokia above

LS West Nyack with offices below

LS Philadelphia with retail tenant below

LS Washington DC with restaurant tenant below and movie theater above

LS Phoenix with retail tenant below

LS Ft. Worth with retail tenant below and movie theater above

San Francisco project is similar to locations but unique in that:

Office tenant directly above separated from our space by a 10” thick concrete floor (for the most part vacant after 5:30 PM Monday thru Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday/Holidays providing a significant buffer for residential tenants above).

Residential units above office level with operable exterior windows (required as residential units have no air conditioning).

Our acoustical consultant, who has participated in the acoustical attenuation design of most locations above, has performed two separate sessions of noise testing on site after the previous tenant (Border’s) vacated. (The Landlord had their acoustical consultant participate at both sessions)

Based on our acoustical consultant’s experience with previous LS projects and the unique circumstances specific to the San Francisco location our consultant has made recommendations for acoustical attenuation work which will be incorporated into our Preliminary Plans and Working Drawings prior to our applications for building permits.

Exterior noise emanating from our space will be controlled via a revolving door as our principal entry.

Exterior security and noise control will be achieved via Lucky Strike Door Hosts which will be in place during evening hours of operation 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  As well as the assistance with the Hart SF Patrol Special Police Force.

Interior noise from our space will be mitigated via a hard lid ceiling with 6” isolation batts above all public areas.

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