The Galeria de la Raza received an eviction notice earlier this week, but lease negotiations have resumed. (Courtesy art)

Galeria de la Raza landlord rescinds eviction notice; lease talks continue

Galeria de la Raza received a reprieve on Friday after its landlord withdrew a three-day notice to evict the longtime Mission District Latino art gallery from its 24th and Bryant streets space.

Following a 100 percent rent increase in June, the gallery’s leadership was negotiating with the landlord for a longterm lease at its 2857 24th St. space when it received the notice to pay or vacate earlier this week.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Supervisor Hillary Ronen said that she met with a representative of the property owner and the gallery’s leadership, and the eviction notice was rescinded.

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According to the statement, the parties also “began negotiating a lease for the corner gallery space.”

“We will continue negotiating early next week with plans to finalize a new lease by the end of next week,” said Ronen.

The gallery has occupied its main space for more than 40 years. Earlier this week, its leadership had announced that it temporarily planned to move operations next door, to a smaller space called Studio 24, and would partner with the Mission Economic Development Agency and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation to secure a permanent lease at a site near 16th and Folsom streets in the coming years.

“I feel hopeful that we will reach this goal together,” said Ronen in the statement. “Galería is an essential contributor to the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, and I am committed to ensuring they continue to have a home in the Mission.”

lwaxmann@sfexaminer.com

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