South San Francisco, CA – January 18th, 2023
Dear South San Francisco Residents,
Your help is needed!
If you are not already aware, the Municipal Services Building (MSB), at, 33 Arroyo Drive, in South San Francisco, is slated for destruction and demolition. Additionally, the US Census, in 2022, identified twenty four percent (24%) of SSF’s population count (67,000) as seniors, or 16,080 over 60 years, who live/reside in South San Francisco.
And, since the upcoming South San Francisco Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. will address the Municipal Services Building’s (MSB) future, we are asking for your help!
Appeal & Call to Action:
We are asking you, our fellow South San Francisco residents, to voice your support by contacting the SSF Planning Commission (contact information below) to appeal for preservation of the Municipal Services Building (MSB), at 33 Arroyo Drive, to be used as a senior center and multi-use facility for all age groups to use.
California Public Records Act (PRA) requests that we made to the City for construction and engineering reports confirm that the Municipal Services Building is ADA compliant, and that it was built to code. We have been long awaiting additional information requested through PRA requests, from the City, that have not yet been produced.
Moreover, contrary to what we were told by then mayor, Mark Addiego, at a community meeting in 2016 where over 500 residents were in attendance, that the MSB at 33 Arroyo Drive was “unsafe”, the facts are that the multi-function Municipal Services Building still operates and is robustly used by the City, by city residents and visitors to this day, seven years later, as an events center and is home to multiple city departments to name just a few as follows:
1. Fire Department/Fire station 63 including ambulance services for SSF residents.
2. Senior dance/yoga.
3. City council meetings.
4. City planning commission meetings.
5. Police Department trainings.
6. Park & Recreation Department and personnel offices.
7. Children/infants moms’ groups.
8. Activities for infants and toddlers.
9. City staff training, large assembly groups, community meetings for building affordable housing communities.
10. Large events hall that is used and rented out for community and family event celebrations.
The remarkably large percentage of South San Francisco’s aging population according to the US Census as of 2021 breaks down as follows:
2021 our population was 66,331 from the Census report of 2021
Population: 18-55 year olds = 66%
Population: 66-69 year olds = 13%
70-79 ” ” = 7%
80+ ” ” = 4%
TOTAL: 24% of City Population= Seniors
(excludes 55-65 year olds.)
As our aging population (55 years and older) is growing, one senior center located in one part of the City, which caters to, with few exceptions, the infirm, and functions as an Adult Daycare facility is highly inadequate and does not meet the needs of South San Francisco senior residents.
We need a dedicated senior center for our aging and active seniors that can be combined with the South San Francisco Historical Society, the South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission, other activities for our seniors and our youth, that is a place to enjoy for EVERYONE.
Furthermore, the MSB not only serves our residents but it also serves other cities as well. It has ample onsite parking in this structurally sound building that has historical significance to all South San Francisco residents, past, present and future.
The facts of the matter also demonstrate that sadly, our seniors are participating in other senior centers, in San Bruno for example, and therefore must travel the distance to enjoy healthy social interaction and joyful experiences elsewhere rather than in their own city.
Look at what is happening in our city. Our South San Francisco Planning Commission and the South San Francisco City Council approve each and every development bringing extraordinary revenue in development fees into our city. Yet, what is in these development deals for the community? Not very much in the way of preserving our enjoyment and quality of life with increased congestion and traffic yet we have no dedicated senior center to serve our aging population.
Our residents had no input on the future of the MSB, and this is our opportunity to voice your opinion, your concern and a desire to preserve the MSB.
So, please write or call to speak under the public comment portion of the South San Francisco Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, at 33 Arroyo Drive, and tell them to preserve the MSB for a senior center that can be used by the seniors and other groups. The decision will be made THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 19th at the South San Francisco Planning Commission meeting.
Please call in to speak under the public comment section of the meeting and send an email of support to preserve the Municipal Services Building to the following City representatives:
Mayor Flor Nicolas, Flor.Nicolas@ssf.net
Vice Mayor Mark Nagales, email@example.com
Councilman Mark Addiego, firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilman James Coleman, email@example.com
Councilman Eddie Flores, firstname.lastname@example.org
Economic and Community Development Director Nell Selander, email@example.com
Chief Planner, Planning Commission, Tony Rozzi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a Sample Letter for you to use:
South San Francisco Planning Commission
Subject: Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San FranciscoThe Municipal Services Building located at 33 Arroyo Drive is on the agenda for approval by the Planning
Commission to demolish it and replace it with high density low-income housing.
Contrary to what we were led to believe, the Municipal Services Building is an ADA compliant building
and is operating in accordance with the building codes. If it were not a safe building, the Command
Operations of the South San Francisco Police Department, the South San Francisco Fire Department, the
Park and Recreation Offices and classes, and the public who visit this building would have been
relocated to other buildings in the city over the past years.
We have one senior center serving one part of our city and, with few exceptions, it caters to the
infirmed and Adult Daycare population. Our aging population of South San Francisco is growing, and we
demand the preservation of the Municipal Services Building to be a senior center that can house the
South San Francisco Historical Society’s museum, the South San Francisco Cultural Arts, and for the
enjoyment of the public of all ages.
(Email or phone number)