Battle over Pac Heights art gallery heads to supes

Since 2004 an art gallery in a Pacific Heights mansion has operated illegally as a commercial use in a residential district. In May 2007 the Planning Department received a complaint from a neighbor about the violation.

Property owners Anthony and Celeste Meier have said through representation that they did not know they needed a permit to operate.

Then they went through the steps to obtain one. But not everyone is happy about that. And the permit granted by the Planning Commission was appealed to the Board of Supervisors by the Pacific Heights Residents Association.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will vote on the appeal unless it is postponed.

Anthony Meier is an art dealer and the gallery at 1969 California St. “functions as an exhibit space for contemporary artists that he represents,” according to a report from the Planning Department. “No cash or credit card sales are accepted on the site. The gallery is open by appointed only.” In general the gallery averages between five and 10 visitors per month, the report said.

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