The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the Major Encroachment Permit for Eagle Plaza in February 2019. This was a major milestone for the public project, which will convert a wide street into a pedestrian-friendly gathering space that celebrates the LGBTQ and leather communities in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood.
The passage of this milestone generated a number of news articles describing the goals of the plaza and the cultural history of the area:
“Ambitious $1.85 million Eagle Plaza headed to Western SoMa” by Justin Phillips in the San Francisco Chronicle on 2/26/2019
“Can San Francisco’s famed leather district be saved in an era of high property values?” by Maria La Ganga in the Los Angeles Times on 3/4/2019
“SF leaders OK Eagle Plaza permit” by Matthew Bajko in The Bay Area Reporter on 2/13/2019
Matthew’s article included a number of great quotes showing support from the partners on the project:
"Our LGBT and leather communities have a long history in San Francisco and western SOMA and they will now have a permanent home in the neighborhood," stated [Mayor] Breed following the supervisors' vote February 12. "The new Eagle Plaza will celebrate our diversity and the pride we all have in these communities, while also creating a much-needed new open space for all of our residents."
"The SF Parks Alliance is thrilled that the Board of Supervisors and the mayor's office have approved the resolution that will allow Build to deliver Eagle Plaza, a new public gathering space that celebrates the LGBTQ community and leather culture of the neighborhood," wrote Place Lab Director Brooke Ray Rivera in an emailed reply to the Bay Area Reporter. "We look forward to continuing our work with the community and the other city agencies involved in the process to move this important project forward."