Talks over a new lease for longtime Mission District cultural fixture Galeria de la Raza have once again stalled, leaving its future uncertain.
While the gallery, which has been at its current site for more than 40 years, received a reprieve earlier this month, when the landlord rescinded a three-day eviction notice and resumed talks for a lease on the 2857 24th St. site, those talks have again broken down.
Executive director Ani Rivera said at a news conference Monday that the gallery was “presented with a predatory rental increase that is against our best interests.”
“Galeria has gone as far as it can with the rent negotiations,” she said. “The lease terms are not fair or sustainable. We are here today because we demand a fair and reasonable lease.”
Galeria de la Raza landlord rescinds eviction notice; lease talks continue
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Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who has hosted negotiations in recent weeks, said the landlord had doubled the rent this summer and then agreed to allow Galeria to remain in a portion of the space while it looked for an alternative home. However, talks on a two-year lease broke down over what Ronen called “unreasonble demands,” including requiring the gallery to assume additional costs and liabilities.
“I am heartbroken and angry,” Ronen said.
Mayor London Breed also issued a statement calling the gallery a “staple in the Mission community and an invaluable cultural resource.”
“The City and our community partners have been working closely and diligently for years to secure a long-term location for Galería De La Raza. We will not give up,” she said. I have directed the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Arts Commission to explore and exhaust every option as we work to get the Galería a fair and reasonable lease so they can continue their important work in the Mission.”