Tenants of a South of Market building that Pinterest has been eyeing for its headquarters say they're relieved the proposal has been derailed.
Monday evening, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee tabled an ordinance that would have designated 2 Henry Adams St. as a historic landmark. That designation would have allowed owners to convert the building, now occupied by dozens of interior design industry tenants, to office space.
The building, part of the San Francisco Design Center and located in the Showplace Square district, is currently zoned PDR, for production, distribution and repair establishments. The zoning means it can’t be converted into office space.
"Now that we know this is a safely protected PDR building we can move on to getting back to our businesses again," said Jim Gallagher, general manager at Garden Court Antiques, which faced relocation if Pinterest moved in.
The ordinance to designate 2 Henry Adams as a landmark was tabled after Supervisor Malia Cohen, its sponsor, said she opposed the displacement of long-term tenants and small businesses. She said she was also concerned the ordinance could touch off a wave of landmark applications around Showplace Square.