Neighborhood shopping gets closer to reality

City officials are pulling together three properties for commercial development

DALY CITY — Residents of the Bayshore Neighborhood are clamoring for a supermarket and city officials say that they are “closer than ever” to bringing a shopping center to the commercially sparse area.

Stay-at-home mom, Alida De Leon, 36, said she has to take two buses to reach the Mission Street Safeway if she wants groceries. Sometimes she has to fork out $15 each way for a cab to the store if there are no buses running.

De Leon is a member of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which boasts 100 members in Bayshore and 300 in neighboring Visitation Valley of San Francisco.

She’d like to see a police station, grocery store or Home Depot, among other things in the neighborhood to make shopping easier for the largely low-income residents, she said.

Community members were expected to rally last night on Oriente Street to voice their continued need for a supermarket.

“We always ask and ask (the city) and nobody pays attention,” De Leon, who lives on Geneva Avenue, said.

City officials, however, say they are working on getting the residents what they want. Daly City is in talks with the Cow Palace and the Syufy Family about bringing together three parcels to the southwest of the entertainment arena for a commercial center, said City Manager Pat Martel.

Martel said that one of the cornerstones of the redevelopment master plan for Bayshore is such a commercial center to provide amenities like a supermarket, bank, post office and laundry cleaners.

The city’s redevelopment agency owns a parcel on the corner of Martin and Carter Streets and is attempting to work out a long-term ground lease with the Cow Palace, Martel said. Between the two parcels is a third, owned by the Syufy family and the former site of the Bayshore Drive-In theater.

“We are closer today than we have ever been” since the city began negotiating in 2003, Martel said. “We hope to build on those three parcels a commercial center and some residential units.”

The neighborhood has been without a good-sized market since the El Rancho Market on Geneva closed down in the mid-1990’s, she said.

On July 31, a wall of the vacant El Rancho fell over onto Rio Verde Street, killing Gregoria Custodio, who was sitting in her parked car. Construction crews were in the process of demolishing the former market to build a 15,000-square-foot mixed-use development.

An investigation into the incident is still pending, said Dean Fryer, spokesman with the California office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

dsmith@examiner.com

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