Temporary agreement reached on San Francisco Masonic Center 

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A neighborhood group battling the proposed increase in the number of live events at the Nob Hill Masonic Center struck an interim agreement Tuesday, but the fight is far from over.

A special permit granted by the Planning Commission to allow the venue, operated by Live Nation, to hold an increased number of events was appealed by the Nob Hill Coalition.

The Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 on Tuesday to reject the appeal after the parties agreed to an interim settlement until a debate over an environmental impact report is resolved in the coming months.

The settlement agreement decreases the number of events allowed under the special permit the commission had approved in January from 68 live shows per year to 54, and 219 large events without live music to 176.  Also, there is no limit on the number of events attended by less than 250 people.

Live Nation plans to seek approval for more events later as part of the EIR process.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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